Danielle Smith’s Speech, “An Historic Choice”

April 20, 2012 (Calgary, AB):  Wildrose leader Danielle Smith today delivered a speech summarizing the main themes of the Wildrose campaign and rebutting PC charges of intolerance and discrimination.  Delivering her remarks to a multicultural crowd in Northeast Calgary,  explained that she is also a mixed-race person, of partially Cherokee ancestry, and that she has been offended by the PC allegations of racism.  She emphasized that a Wildrose government “will uphold the traditions of tolerance, and freedom of expression, and freedom of religion, that have been hallmarks of Alberta’s character for over a century.”

The full text and audio of her remarks is available at: http://www.wildrose.ca/blog/danielle-speaks-about-mondays-election/. Here are some highlights from that speech:

“All political leaders talk about the future during election campaigns. It’s our job, to offer a vision of where we want to lead, and how we intend to get there. Our Wildrose party has laid out a very clear, practical, and affordable plan for Alberta over the course of the campaign.”

“As a person of mixed race ancestry, I take it personally when accusations of racism and bigotry are aimed at me and my party. Let me be perfectly clear – a Wildrose government will not tolerate discrimination against any individual based on their ethnicity, religion, beliefs, background, disability, or sexual orientation … period.”

“And I know and expect my Wildrose candidates, regardless of what ethnicity they come from or what personal beliefs they might have, will speak to and wholeheartedly serve every one of their diverse and unique constituents.”

“All Albertans are welcome in my Wildrose party and in the province I seek to be Premier of – not just the ones I agree with – not just the ones who would vote for me. I’m running to serve all Albertans – every…single…one.”

“These charges against me and my party are the last futile gasps of a frightened 41-year old government and its allies. The Wildrose candidates and supporters in this room and all over Alberta know the truth. They know the stereotypes are bogus, and often used by liberal political parties when they feel threatened by conservatives.”

“It’s also an historic choice between the Redford PCs who want to change our character to satisfy someone else’s idea of who we should be, and a new Wildrose government that will uphold the traditions of tolerance, and freedom of expression, and freedom of religion, that have been hallmarks of Alberta’s character for over a century.”

“The historic choice on Monday is between a tired and increasingly intolerant Redford PC government that wants to overthrow a century of Alberta history and the values that have made us a welcoming sanctuary and place of opportunity for people from all over the world, and a Wildrose government that will honour our history, uphold our values and convictions, and celebrate the unique and noble character of the Alberta we love.”

Wildrose stands for free enterprise, less government, increased personal freedom, and democracy.

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