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EXCLUSIVE: Smith says she’ll run for UCP leadership if job opens up

“I would feel like that if the position was open I would have to run,” Smith said on an episode of Uncensored, broadcast live from the UCP AGM on Saturday.




Former Wildrose leader Danielle Smith told Western Standard viewers she would run for the UCP leadership should Alberta Premier Jason Kenney resign.

“I would feel like that if the position was open I would have to run,” Smith said on an episode of Uncensored, broadcast live from the UCP AGM on Saturday.

“I believe in unity and this is the real issue so let’s throw some names on the table because there are some good cabinet ministers.”

Smith said Jason Nixon, Doug Schweitzer, Leela Aheer and Kaycee Madu are members of the cabinet that have shown leadership qualities.

She also mentioned possible federal candidates like Rona Ambrose and Michelle Rempel Garner.

Uncensored panelist Rob Anderson, a former MLA, said he expected Kenney would survive a leadership review, and then it would be up to MLAs to oust him.

“If 15 or 20 members of his caucus have the guts and do, frankly what happened to Stockwell Day,” he said.

Smith noted former Wildrose leader Brian Jean is running for a UCP nomination in Fort McMurray with a stated goal to remove Kenney. If he gets elected, Smith said Jean “could break the bottleneck” and get rebel MLAs onside.

But she added a Jean-run party was still likely to lose to the NDP’s Rachel Notley.

Smith served as leader of the Wildrose from October 2009 to December 17, 2014, when she resigned to cross the floor and join the governing Tories.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Tiberius

    November 23, 2021 at 12:52 pm

    Good comment Eddie. Danielle Smith’s betrayal of her own party is what led up to Rachel’s Notley’s NDP rising from a fringe party with 4 seats to being government. Then Smith was generally helpful in getting the UCP formed and getting Jason Kenny as leader (another disaster for the people, currently unfolding). And now she’s going to save us? Here’s an idea Danielle: save us from YOURSELF and stay away. Stay far away.

  2. Eddy

    November 22, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    Danielle Smith is DREAMING in Technicolour.

    I believe that the UCP Leadership that elected Kenney was RIGGED from the get-go – just like the farcical Wildrose Alliance Leadership contest that got Smith elected. Both of them stank – and the Kenney contest actually attracted the attention of the RCMP but no conclusions were reached (at least so far)

    Given the ridiculous theatrics at this weekends UCP AGM (Nov 19-20) that also appears to have been MASSIVELY STAGE-MANAGED I expect the next 6mth to reveal the true extent of the manipulation within the party.

    Danny (Smith) will be a “stalking horse” candidate to badger Brian Jean and draw votes away – and she will throw her support to Kenney in the last few days/weeks.


  3. Wesley

    November 22, 2021 at 11:04 am

    Jason Nixon, Doug Schweitzer, Leela Aheer, Rona Ambrose and Michelle Rempel. Sorry , but I would vote for NONE of these. Nothing would change regarding AHS, restrictions or vaccine mandates and passports. These people are the old PC`s in UCP clothing.

  4. Non-Compliant Alberta Separatist

    November 22, 2021 at 10:54 am

    Wildrose Independence Party of Alberta (WIPA) is not interested in a traitor like Danielle Smith returning to the Wildrose cause.

    You burned that bridge, Danielle “POS” Smith, don’t expect to cross it again to join WIPA.

  5. TM

    November 22, 2021 at 7:14 am

    Smith made her bed years ago by abandoning the party and people who had put faith in her. To even consider running for a leadership position again shows a rather innate level of narcissism that prevents her from acknowledging the scope of her treachery.

    Her bid would most certainly fail, for all the right reasons.

  6. Westcanguy

    November 21, 2021 at 7:32 pm

    The same losers keep resurfacing in this lame party which is why the party can’t grow or get better. It’s time to look at an alternative until these clowns clean up their act.

  7. Mark Cameron

    November 21, 2021 at 11:51 am

    Has she no shame? She was directly responsible for a Notley government…

  8. Ben Wilson

    November 21, 2021 at 11:45 am

    The problem with JK is:
    He is scared to take on the MSM, AHS and the Dr Groups. When he allowed AHS to destroy ICU capacity. He really made me made. That proved to me, he works for Big Pharma.

    The left says he is also killing Health care… and this is a lie. AHS incompetence is killing healthcare. NDP and teachers groups says he is killing education, but they have not explained how yet. The curriculum has proposed updates. And these updates were suggested by teachers and Experts, but all School boards have rejected it. Why! So far it look like it’s because all school boards and teacher like the NDP and refused to accept anything from a UCP government. Well… parents should make vote on the changes. Not the school boards.

    I recommend every person watch the Your Alberta website. UCP has been making many changes. And many good changes for Jobs, economy, environment etc. No way the NDP would have done any of these things. So yes JK made me mad about restriction and lack of over site to AHS, but I suggest all MLA’s work on fixing the short comings, rather that killing the party.

  9. Baron Not Baron

    November 21, 2021 at 10:34 am

    DANIELLE SMITH, T H E T R A I T O R !! We don’t need you!

  10. Dennis

    November 21, 2021 at 10:11 am

    Greg Porter, 100% YES! Alberta needs a leader and she is not that person by any stretch.
    And yes, as a WIPA member, I can say she would not past the vetting process.

  11. Baron Not Baron

    November 21, 2021 at 10:07 am


    NO United Communist Party!

    No trust in this opportunist, Smith.

  12. Greg Porter

    November 21, 2021 at 9:45 am

    The fact that this person keeps showing her face in Alberta proves she only cares about getting ahead. She’s already costed the Wildrose an election, that left us with Notley. And now after that she thinks her has what it takes to not only lead a party, but run a province? Well on the bright side it would be the death of the UPC.
    Andrew Red Deer, WIPA doesn’t want her.

  13. Earl Hildebrand

    November 20, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    I like Danielle Smith, I think she’d do a good job. But the first order of business would be to remove Hinshaw and put a CMO in charge that was in line with governments agenda (assuming it was pro freedom). De Santis doesn’t appoint Surgeon Generals that are going to contradict the goal of remaining opening and focusing on early treatment instead of putting the eggs all in one basket.

  14. Andrew

    November 20, 2021 at 6:47 pm

    Alberta Seperation! Wildrose Independence Party

  15. Claudette Leece

    November 20, 2021 at 5:19 pm

    Last one I want is Rempel, she’s a light Liberal like the tool. You run Danielle, that would be great.

  16. Clash

    November 20, 2021 at 5:08 pm

    Don’t believe all the fake poll reports. The fake media and the pollsters are all leftist garbage! It’s a little demoralizing trick the Communist use. Trust me you will never hear or see anything honest from Notley. Read “The Destroyers” and “Stop Notley” by Sheila Gunn Reid to get most of the dirt on Notley. It is amazing Rach has the guts to show her face in this Province.

  17. M S

    November 20, 2021 at 4:34 pm

    I agree with John. The arena back in the floor cross days was a complex and completely different animal. If we were and I’m on board with it, to have a female champion, Ms Smith IS a conservative and a pro. Rempel showed her true colors by sticking up for the Tool in the Batters matters, creds long gone there…Ambrose like Smith, could wear the mitts against Nutley and make her look as stupid as she is. The Woke and Zombies will follow Nutley to the grave. I mean this in the kindest way possible but a woman champion with a set of onions and true conservative values could bring the meter of right to center together…. Just a thought…

  18. John Lankers

    November 20, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    Smith made a mistake and learned her lesson, I think her track record proves it, it’s time to move on.
    If she runs against Notley in 2023 she can have my vote but only when she purges the current UPC MLA crop. This is the one and only chance we have to stop Notley from getting for a 2nd term. I am a proud WIPA member but I’m also realistic.

  19. Mises

    November 20, 2021 at 3:34 pm

    We are at war. None of these names mentioned including Mrs.Smith are strong enough to confront feds. And two ladies mentioned are from Kenney’s tent, globalists shills. Are we going to be fooled again?

  20. MD

    November 20, 2021 at 3:31 pm

    All the people she mentioned are not leaders! We want a strong leader for the people of Alberta, a solid individual not bought by foreign interest groups! We never voted for the UN agendas and Great Reset!! I am tired of hypocrites and imposters. We want real people with real Alberta values running our government. Jason Kenney is a liar and a hypocrite, he needs to go along with many of the useless MLAs!

  21. Dennis

    November 20, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    Stick to the restaurant business Danielle. Alberta doesn’t need another fence sitter for a premier.

  22. berta baby

    November 20, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    She has been against the lock down and vax pass from day one … she took it to kenney in AM radio and is a freedom first person.

    She may have a scar from the past but she would fight for all us filthy unvaxxed

  23. Baron Not Baron

    November 20, 2021 at 3:18 pm

    Always thirsty for power Danny, are we?

  24. Andrew Red Deer

    November 20, 2021 at 3:15 pm

    I agree with David once a traitor always a traitor. The only way in for her is joining WIPA and going full bore seperation.

  25. David

    November 20, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    She sold out Wildrose to the conservatives.

    Why would anyone vote for an establishment shill?

  26. berta baby

    November 20, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    I would vote her YES!

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New Sask law exempts employers from COVID-19 lawsuits

The release bragged that Saskatchewan was one of only five jurisdictions with such extensive sexual harassment protections, but after the legislation was passed, Morgan defended the COVID-19 provisions as being common.




By Lee Harding

Employees’ quests for legal COVID-19 recourse has died with recently passed legislation that is “protecting vulnerable workers” according to Labour Minister Don Morgan.

Legislation recently passed by the Government of Saskatchewan prevents employers from being sued for implementing measures listed in the Public Employers’ COVID-19 Emergency Regulations or the Employers’ COVID-19 Emergency Regulations.

Amendments to the Saskatchewan Employment Act say “no action or proceeding lies or shall be commenced or maintained against an employer” if that employer acts in good faith.

“It’s broad general thing that would cover anything related to COVID-19 — signage, lack of signage, whatever else might reasonably arise from it. The threshold is that they must act in good faith,” said Morgan.

“We aren’t trying to target a specific lawsuit that’s been started or being threatened … But we know that COVID-19 vaccines, etc., are a worldwide issue right now and we want to be able to encourage our employers to have some comfort that they’re not going to be subject to lawsuits.”

The legislation applies regardless of when a perceived transgression may have occurred. The amendment received royal assent November 30. However, when the Saskatchewan Employment Amendment Act, 2021 was first announced in a press release November 18, nothing about COVID-19 was even mentioned.

Although the opening sentence mentioned “better and safer workplaces for employers and employees” the rest of the release concerned details about sexual harassment and union bargaining provisions.

Now the Labour Relations Board must exclude supervisors from the same bargaining unit as those they supervise, wherever possible. Sexual harassment at the workplace is now defined as any unwelcome action of a sexual nature, and provisions of the act extend beyond employees to include independent contractors, students, and volunteers.

“The legislation that governs our employers and employees needs to address the challenges of the modern work environment, including protecting vulnerable workers,” Morgan wrote in the release. “These amendments will help us build a stronger, safer and healthier Saskatchewan.”

fact sheet the release linked to concluded with a brief mention of COVID-19.

“We are introducing a provision that will provide protection for public and private sector employers that comply with the new COVID-19 vaccination regulations. These regulations give the employee the choice of showing evidence of being fully vaccinated or evidence of a negative COVID-19 test at least every seven days.”

The release bragged Saskatchewan was one of only five jurisdictions with such extensive sexual harassment protections, but after the legislation was passed, Morgan defended the COVID-19 provisions as being common.

“That’s being done generally across North America,” Morgan said.

The same day Morgan made his comments, a post on the Freedom Alliance Facebook page suggested a strong desire for legal recourse alongside skepticism, and an apparent unawareness of the new provincial law.

“Does anyone here know of any lawyers in Saskatoon that believe in the same rights and freedom as we do? I believe it’s time to really do something about losing my source of income 

“The couple lawyers I did speak with basically said the pandemic supersedes all our rights! Would be great if we found a lawyer that called out the BS! Might have to source out to other provinces,” replied Michielle Ross Noble.

“At the mine I work at they had a lawyer go to bat and it seems to be that the government is above the law and beyond the constitution. Money talks louder than laws these days,” replied Garrick Bernard.

“I also live near Saskatoon,” replied Ron Chappell. “Good luck finding a lawyer that will stand up for your rights and freedoms. Seems these evils are above the law including the Canadian charter of rights and freedoms. There should be lawsuits going on everywhere. Either we don’t hear about them or they are not happening. Justin Trudeau is [a] tyrant.”

To this Funk made what proved to be a moot reply.

“Then a group of us should band together and file lawsuits! Who’s with me?”

Harding is a reporter based in Saskatchewan

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Maverick leader describes his perfect successor

“I am aware of three or four people who are seriously considering running for leadership,” interim leader Jay Hill told the Western Standard.




Jay Hill, interim leader of the federal Maverick Party, says he hopes for a candidate for his replacement is someone that can “move the provinces and premiers towards greater autonomy for the West.”

On Wednesday, the Maverick Party released the rules for its leadership race that will see a new leader elected May 14, 2022.

The party will officially be accepting leadership applications as early as January 3 with a deadline of April 30.

Hill says he hopes to see two to six candidates apply.

“I am aware of three or four people who are seriously considering running for leadership,” Hill told the Western Standard.

“We’re more so focused on the quality side of things rather than quantity.”

The Maverick Party, formerly known as Wexit Canada, advocates for greater autonomy for Western Canadian provinces including BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the three territories.

“I’d like to see someone with the right vision and oratory skills to communicate with passion for Western Canadians,” said Hill.

Hill pointed to Quebec’s position within Canada and said the Maverick Party supports moving the western provinces in that direction.

Included in the list of rules for those interested in throwing their hat into the leadership race is a registration fee set at $10,000.

“Our governing council really struggled with that fee,” said Hill, who indicated the registration fee is still “substantially less” than any of the other federal parties.  

“We were really aiming for the right balance — that sweet spot — where you want to be realistic and make it doable and not a deterrent.

“It’s efficient to get serious contenders with serious commitment to register and not those with frivolous reasons.”

Hill, the former House leader for the Conservative Party of Canada, said he’s “too old” to run the party moving forward.

“My roll in elected office is done,” said Hill, adding he was done with the “high stress and high drama” when he quit federal politics in the fall of 2010.

When a new leader is elected in May, Hill plans to stay on and assist the party “depending on the needs of the new leader and how he or she feels I can contribute the most.”

Hill said he is excited and is looking forward to “a good, credible and lively leadership race.”

Melanie Risdon is a reporter for the Western Standard

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Maverick Party petition calls for carbon tax break for Canadians

Canadians will soon have to choose between food on their tables or heat in their homes,” the petition reads.




The Maverick Party, with a newly launched petition, is calling on the federal government to suspend the collection of carbon taxes from Canadians from January 1 to April 1, 2022.

Carbon tax is a levy imposed on human activity that results in carbon emissions being released into the atmosphere, usually by the burning of fossil fuels like gasoline, natural gas and coal.

The petition notes although carbon taxes are designed to “change behaviour,” the rising costs of living are an “added extra burden” on taxpayers.  

The petition also says the party “understands that the cost of living is increasing at a pace that families can’t keep up with,” pointing to “skyrocketing” inflation and the cost of essential items rising.

“Many Canadians will soon have to choose between food on their tables or heat in their homes,” the petition reads.

“The federal government can alleviate some of the burden by declaring a carbon tax moratorium on New Year’s Day 2022.”

The Maverick Party is demanding the government give Canadians who are “drowning financially” a break to get through what will likely be “the most expensive winter in memory,”

The Trudeau government implemented the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act in 2019 that was upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada in March of this year.

“Putting a price on carbon pollution is widely recognized as the most efficient means to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while also driving innovation,” the Government of Canada states on its website.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter for the Western Standard

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