She thanked Kenney for the work he has carried out for Alberta’s vitality business and added she wouldn’t thoughts seeing Kenney keep on as premier till a brand new chief has been elected.
“I want to start off by thanking Premier Jason Kenney for all the work that he’s done over the last number of years.
“I’ve decided to jump back into politics, seeking the leadership of the UCP. That is just a continuation of my last political life,” Smith mentioned.
Jason Kenney declares intention to step down as UCP chief
Smith spared no time moving into her platform, saying she’s going to repair and restore religion in Alberta politics. She additionally mentioned she’s going to try and unite the UCP and pointed to the massive quantity of people that registered to vote in Kenney’s management overview.
“If you look at what happened during the UCP leadership contest, there were a lot of people who got brought into the UCP who had never been in politics before and I think that’s what has occurred,” Smith mentioned.
“I think there has been a lot of division that has happened between friends and family, and we need to stop dividing people along identity lines… We are stronger united and that holds for our conservative movement as well.”
Smith additionally mentioned she needs to see extra folks run within the management race and famous she respects the function of particular person MLAs in Alberta politics.
“I would love to see Todd Lowen and Drew Barnes throw their name in the race for UCP leadership. We need to start unifying the movement again and that’s going to require all hands on deck over the next couple of years,” Smith mentioned.
UCP caucus assembly to debate future after Jason Kenney declares plan to step down
However Smith additionally frolicked speaking about her personal credentials, saying she has a variety of expertise as the previous occasion chief for the Wildrose Social gathering, which merged with the UCP in 2017.
She additionally talked about her time as a former radio host on 770 CHQR as proof she will be able to “take the heat” in Alberta politics.
“I’m not going to enter a contest thinking I’m going to come in second place… This is a real opportunity for the UCP to make sure that we’re selling memberships, that we’re getting people excited again.
“I can handle the heat. I have handled it for a lot of years, and that’s the way I conducted myself on the radio,” Smith mentioned.
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