Alberta's Next Premier?
April 14, 2012 2:36 PM Subscribe
Is Danielle Smith Alberta's Sarah Palin or the Future of Canada?
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Ms. Smith is widely thought to be on the verge of unseating the Progressive Conservative regime that first took office only five months after she was born on April 1, 1971.The uneasy provincial union of right and far right... started to crumble in 2009 when the Progressive Conservatives moved sharply to the side of progressivism and bigger government. Ms. Smith quit the party that year and won the Wildrose leadership in the fall. Her critics like to characterize her as Alberta’s version of Sarah Palin, but Danielle Smith is no backwoods Barbie.
She has always been libertarian on moral issues; her impulse is toward personal freedom, not legislated morality. She has expressed support in the past for de-listing abortion from medicare, but now says that as long as she’s party leader, there will never be legislation on such issues. Her government wouldn’t accept referendum questions that go against settled constitutional law, she insists, but acknowledges that some of her candidates are social conservatives who feel differently. The deal within the party, she insists, is that they all agree not to legislate on those points of contention.
“Contentious moral issues are issues that people deal with in their personal time not in their political party,” Ms. Smith said this week, under pressure from PCs trying to paint her party as extreme. “I am pro-choice and pro gay marriage, and my members of my party knew that when they elected me.”