Real democracy’ in Alberta tops agenda for new Party
The newly elected leader of the upstart party Wildrose Alliance told a jam packed conference room in Edmonton, "My No. 1 job is to turn Alberta into a real democracy again,"
Danielle Smith as won the leadership of he Wildrose Alliance Party, defeating Calagary chiropractor Mark Dyrholm.
The Wildrose Alliance has recently pulled even with the provincial liberals.
Danielle, who is 38, is now at the helm of the conservative protest party in Alberta. Alberta has been ruled by the Conservative party consecutively since 1971. There has been discontent with the Conservative Party since Premier Ed Stelmach replaced Ralph Klein. Recent cuts in Health Care and the first deficit in Alberta in 13 years have been the cause for discontent.
Below is a short biography of Danielle Smith, her background for one so young is extensive and her background should be invaluable during the next provincial election.
Danielle Smith was selected Saturday as the new leader of Alberta's fledgling Wildrose Alliance Party.
Party members from across the province met at a South Edmonton hotel to select a leader to replace interim leader Paul Hinman.
Smith, 38, a former broadcaster, beat businessman Mark Dyrholm, the only other candidate.
In her victory speech, Smith took a swipe at the governing Progressive Conservative leader.
"[Premier] Ed Stelmach, you haven't even begun to imagine what's going to hit you," she said. "We have become a party of winners."
The Wildrose Party earned a shot of credibility last month when Hinman, a former MLA under the Alberta Alliance banner, won a byelection in Calgary-Glenmore.
It is the party's only seat, but it's one the governing Progressive Conservatives had held for more than 35 years.
The Wildrose Party espouses fiscal and social conservatism, and recent polls have it matching or beating the Alberta Liberals as the second most popular party in the province.
Danielle's profile was copied from her website
EDMONTON — Calgarian Danielle Smith won the leadership of the upstart Wildrose Alliance on Saturday, defeating Calgary chiropractor Mark Dyrholm.
The former journalist and business lobbyist, 38, steps to the helm of the Alberta conservative protest party that recent polls show has made significant inroads in a province that has been ruled by an uninterrupted series of majority Progressive Conservative governments since 1971.
She defeated chiropractor Mark Dyrholm, also 38 and also from Calgary.
"My No. 1 job is to turn Alberta into a real democracy again," she told more than 400 delegates to a leadership convention in a packed Edmonton hotel conference room.