Edmonton, AB (February 16, 2012): Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith delivered a keynote speech this evening to a sold-out crowd at the 2012 Wildrose Edmonton Leader's Dinner. Speaking to Wildrose supporters, donors, and business owners from Edmonton and the capital region, Smith laid clear the choice facing Albertans in the next provincial election. "Our party's foundation is grassroots democracy and accountability," said Smith.
"I said it when I became Wildrose leader and I'll say it again: My number one job is to turn Alberta back into a real democracy. "One that strengthens our common-sense values, deeply-rooted in personal liberty: freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of association, freedom of assembly and economic freedom. "As Premier, I will restore our democracy, champion our true environmental record, fix health care, entrench property rights, affirm parents' right to choose the education they want for their kids, and balance the books." Smith ended the evening with an unscripted question and answer session, responding to questions submitted by event attendees. Smith also used the occasion to announce Wildrose's 2011 fundraising figures, which shattered the record for an opposition party in Alberta, set last year by Wildrose. In 2011, Wildrose raised more than $2.1 million in donations from over five thousand Albertans, with total revenue for the party exceeding $2.8 million. Fundraising for Wildrose in 2010 was $1.4 million in donations with revenue exceeding $1.8 million. "Our year-over-year donations have increased by more than 50 percent from 2010 and are the clearest sign yet that Wildrose is giving voice to thousands of everyday Alberta families who feel that the PC government and Premier Redford are out of touch, and only out for themselves." Wildrose stands for free enterprise, less government, increased personal freedom and democracy. - 30 -