Wildrose Alliance Party
October 17, 2009 Danielle Smith was elected as the Leader of the Wildrose Alliance Party. A fiscal conservative, she believes in the power of free enterprise to drive the economy and “high performance government” to deliver essential social services cost effectively and with maximum value.
Until recently, Danielle was the Director of Provincial Affairs for Alberta with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. She worked with all levels of government to represent the interests of CFIB’s 10,000 small business members in Alberta.
Prior to joining CFIB, Danielle had extensive experience in the media. She was an editorial writer and columnist at the Calgary Herald for six years. She also served as host of Global Sunday, a national current affairs television talk show and was the host of two programs on CKMX 1060 AM radio in Calgary, Health Frontiers and Standing Ground. She has made frequent guest appearances as a commentator on TV and radio.
Danielle’s work in policy research began with a year-long internship at the Fraser Institute, she tried her hand at elected office as a trustee for the Calgary Board of Education and she worked in advocacy as director of the Alberta Property Rights Initiative and the Canadian Property Rights Research Institute.
Danielle received a B.A. in English and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Calgary. She was named one of Calgary Inc. Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 in 2004.