Leader Danielle Smith wins 90% approval from Wildrose delegates

Delegates at the Wildrose annual general meeting in Red Deer voted overwhelmingly favour of Smith's leadership
Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith gives her keynote address at the party's annual general meeting in Red Deer on Friday night. (Gary Moore/CBC News)

Delegates at the Wildrose annual general meeting in Red Deer on Friday voted 90.2 per cent in favour of Danielle Smith continuing as party leader.

The vote followed a keynote speech by Smith where she addressed the challenges faced by the party.

“We weren’t good enough in the last election. We didn’t do enough to show Albertans that we were ready to govern,” she said.

“We did a lot of things right, of course and 440,000 Albertans entrusted us with their vote. But we are going to need to do better if we are going to win in 2016.

“Here and now, let’s show Albertans that we have learned the lessons we needed to learn and that we now have the experience we needed to grow and to prepare. Let’s show them that we are ready to lead this great province.”

After only winning 17 of 87 seats in the 2012 election, the party is proposing to alter policies which may have alienated mainstream voters. 

The AGM continues on Saturday.  

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