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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Danielle Smith speaks at Wildrose Alliance AGM

Wildrose Alliance leadership hopeful Danielle Smith has released video of her speech at the party's annual general meeting last weekend:

Part I:

Part II:

More on Ms. Smith from Grant Brown, Matthew Johnston, and Nigel Hannaford.

Posted by Jesse Kline on June 14, 2009 in Canadian Provincial Politics | Permalink


When Ms. Smith mentioned that that one of her her parents houses had been foreclosed (she hinted that they may have been speculating in real estate)it reminded me that the last two bank failures in Canada were both Alberta based. Northland Bank and the Continental Bank of Canada both collapsed in 1985. Previous to those failures the last Canadian bank to go bust was in 1923. It certainly says volumes when the only two Alberta banks collapse in the same year.

Posted by: The Stig | 2009-06-14 5:29:41 PM

I finally got around to watching, most of, part 2 of the video. What was striking in this segment was the claim made by Ms. Smith that even after almost 100 years Albertans don't really know the oil and gas business, which she implies are mostly controlled and run by foreigners. She hints that another problem for Alberta is a lack of diversification into high technology.

To sum up Ms. Smith's speech:

- Alberta's economy is almost completely dependent on oil and gas.

- no economic diversification

- Alberta relies on "foreign" experts to run (Americans mostly)the oil and gas and (large Toronto based banks) financial sectors.

- the provincial government is corrupt

Gee, sounds like a banana republic to me.

Posted by: The Stig | 2009-06-14 8:51:27 PM

Although I liked much of what I heard, what was missing was a comprehensive view of what Ms. Smith would do to solve the situation. It is obvious that she would restructure taxes for the province. She would also advocate spending cuts, but what and where. How would she handle our health care fiasco? Was there more to this speech that you did not show us Jesse?

Posted by: DML | 2009-06-14 9:33:05 PM

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