Danielle Smith

UCP leadership candidate Danielle Smith.

Premier Danielle Smith made a remarkable journey, making a cycle of advocacy, journalism, and political leadership twice.

M Danielle Smith, whose real first name is Marlaina, was born in Calgary April 1, 1971, the eldest daughter and second child of Doug and Sharon Smith. Smith enjoyed girl guides in her childhood, raised by parents she would later describe as “reliably conservative” with jobs in the oil patch. In high school, she worked at a McDonald’s and a bingo parlour. In university, she worked at the oyster bar Cannery Row.

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Lee Harding is the Senior Saskatchewan Contributor for the Western Standard and Saskatchewan Standard based in the Regina Bureau. He has served as the Saskatchewan Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

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I would rather a biography of the real leader of the NDP, Jagmeet Singh. He makes me laugh, "When I am Prime Minister..." still brings a chuckle.


[thumbup] Now, that would be interesting. Unfortunately, independent media , like the WS, mostly preach to the choir, so to speak.

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Good news, I submitted profiles of both Smith and Notley days ago. Notley coming up next.


Good read Lee. Thanks.

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