She’s backkkkk and the rest of Canada can stand back in shock. Danielle Smith of Wildrose fame is back. And she is running strong. It took Jason Kenney to prepare a place for her. Nothing less than premier Danielle would do. She brings her own brand of libertarian politics with her. Believe me, once you have experienced Danielle Smith, you will wish that staid old Jason had stayed.
Smith’s first piece of business was the Alberta Act. She thinks that the province needs protection from the rapacious liberals of Ottawa. They had already sent Alberta-born and educated Pierre Poilievre to Ottawa to help contain the threat.
Did you also hear that Danielle Smith has appointed Preston Manning of the once-famous Reform Party to chair a committee to investigate the province’s handling of the COVID-19 outbreak. Manning’s committee will have a budget of $2 million. We assume, $253,000 will recompense the 80-year Manning for his time and trouble.
That news was met somewhat unkindly by Opposition leader Rachel Notley of the New Democratic Party. Preston would be wise to get most of his pay up front. That boondoggle is guaranteed to end abruptly if Ms. Notley wins the premier’s job again in the coming provincial election.
The problem for the province is that the comedic value of premier Smith might not be worth it. I am not saying that she is a fruitcake but I can never forget the time she took a bunch of Wildrose MLAs across the floor to join the conservatives, long before they got united again. Her problem after that classic of uninspired political suicide was that she was unable to get a conservative riding to take her to their bosom.
Smith’s continuing problem is that every time, you would think a sensible person would be conciliatory and make peace with reality, she gets all paranoid about Ottawa. She might be her own worst enemy.
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