HIGH RIVER, AB (April 1, 2014): Amid tepid and ambiguous leadership musings from several scandal-plagued PC cabinet ministers, Danielle Smith today announced her candidacy for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta.
Smith, a lobbyist-turned journalist-turned school board trustee-turned pundit-turned advocate-turned politician-turned progressive, becomes the second declared candidate for the race that will crown Alberta’s 16th Premier in September, following the resignation of Premier Alison Redford. Smith joins AUPE President Guy Smith and his English accent in the race. “I know that I’ve been saying for the past several weeks that it wasn’t about leadership, it was about the PC Party and government,” Smith said. “However, when I said that no one person could fix the PC Party, obviously, I wasn’t counting myself. I got this.” Smith’s candidacy has already secured the endorsements of several high-profile PC members, including MLAs Rich McIver, Thomas Lukarszuk, Doug Horning and Len Hughes. Even former Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mendel is supporting Smith. “The thing is, we really like Danielle. We’ve spent many happy times along with some of my other PC colleagues walking in the Edmonton River Valley and attending the top secret meetings of the vast right-wing conspiracy,” Lukarszuk said. “She might as well be our leader too.” Smith’s platform includes promises to move the Legislature to High River and repurpose the Legislature grounds as a feral horse sanctuary. "To provide further fiscal clarity and economic prosperity, I will put Alberta’s provincial debt on my WestJet MasterCard - every Albertan will get one free reward flight to visit the beautiful vacation destination of Regina,” said Smith. Wildrose remains committed to standing up for Albertans. Nothing has changed except for the fact that we just really, really, really, really want to win the next election.