April 20, 2012 (Calgary, AB): Today Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith addressed the historic choice facing Albertans in the April 23 election by contrasting the new ideas in the Wildrose platform that put Albertans first with the out-of-touch, ad hoc, unbudgeted PC campaign promises and Alison Redford’s commitment to change the character of our province.” “Wildrose has laid out a very clear, practical, and affordable plan for Alberta over the course of the campaign, while the increasingly desperate PCs have run up a $7 billion tab of unbudgeted campaign promises,” Smith said.
“But this election will also be a historic choice between the Redford PCs plan 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 individual freedom that have been hallmarks of Alberta's character for over a century.”” Smith noted that Monday’s vote will result in the first woman ever to be elected premier by Albertans, thereby fulfilling the vision of the Famous Five Alberta suffragettes who led the battle for gender equality in Canada. The province has a proud history of leading in the struggle for women’s equality, and in welcoming people of all races, religions, and cultures. In the 2012 election, however, the Redford PCs have attacked Smith and other Wildrose candidates by using negative stereotyping of Albertans and charges of bigotry that traditionally have been used to defame Alberta-based conservative parties by liberal opponents outside the province. “I’m leading a party that is open to all races, beliefs, and religions, and I unequivocally reject and denounce these charges against me or my party,” Smith said. “Let me be perfectly clear - a Wildrose government will not tolerate discrimination against any individual based on their ethnicity, religion, beliefs, background, sexual orientation, or disability, period.”” Wildrose stands for free enterprise, less government, increased personal freedom, and democracy.