Danielle Smith

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Former Wildrose leader Danielle Smith told Western Standard viewers she would run for the UCP leadership should Alberta Premier Jason Kenney resign.

“I would feel like that if the position was open I would have to run,” Smith said on an episode of Uncensored, broadcast live from the UCP AGM on Saturday.

“I believe in unity and this is the real issue so let’s throw some names on the table because there are some good cabinet ministers.”

Smith said Jason Nixon, Doug Schweitzer, Leela Aheer and Kaycee Madu are members of the cabinet that have shown leadership qualities.

She also mentioned possible federal candidates like Rona Ambrose and Michelle Rempel Garner.

Uncensored panelist Rob Anderson, a former MLA, said he expected Kenney would survive a leadership review, and then it would be up to MLAs to oust him.

“If 15 or 20 members of his caucus have the guts and do, frankly what happened to Stockwell Day,” he said.

Smith noted former Wildrose leader Brian Jean is running for a UCP nomination in Fort McMurray with a stated goal to remove Kenney. If he gets elected, Smith said Jean “could break the bottleneck” and get rebel MLAs onside.

But she added a Jean-run party was still likely to lose to the NDP’s Rachel Notley.

Smith served as leader of the Wildrose from October 2009 to December 17, 2014, when she resigned to cross the floor and join the governing Tories.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

News Editor & Calgary Bureau Chief

Dave Naylor is News Editor & Calgary Bureau Chief of the Western Standard based in the Calgary Headquarters. He served as City Editor of the Calgary Sun & covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years.

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