March 30, 2012

Statement by Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith on PC Staffer’s Comments Regarding Wildrose Family Pack

March 31, 2012 (Calgary, AB): Today Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith issued the following statement in response to comments made by a Staffer in Premier Redford’s Calgary office regarding the Wildrose Family Pack. “In the last day the question has been raised about why I don't have children of my own. -30-

 When David and I married in 2006 we intended to have children together. After a few years we sought help from the Calgary Regional Fertility Clinic. I appreciated the support and assistance of the caring staff as we went through tests and treatments, but in the end we were not successful. “I consider myself very fortunate to have a terrific stepson, Jonathan, David's son from a previous marriage.  I am also blessed to have grown up in a large family with four siblings who have given me the opportunity to be the auntie of 5 terrific nieces and nephews: Emily, Sam, Chloe, Seyenna and Logan. “Family is very important to me and I consider this to be a very personal matter. I will not be commenting on it further.” On March 30, 2012, Amanda Wilkie, a Staffer in Premier Redford’s Calgary Office, posted the following comment on Twitter:

“If @ElectDanielle likes young and growing families so much, why doesn’t she have children of her own?  #wrp family pack = insincere” – Amanda Wilkie, March 30, 2012 (via Twitter).

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