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Ms. Danielle Smith – MLA for Highwood

Father in heaven, we
pray that You would give Ms. Danielle Smith, leader of the Wildrose Party of
Alberta the ability to tackle difficult situations with precision and with
clarity.  May she have wisdom and
confidence that there are good things ahead beneficial for the people of her
constituency and all Albertans.  Enable
her to lead with wisdom and knowledge as she fulfills her role.  May she also be surrounded by good leaders and
wise counsellors.  In Your Name, Amen.

Leader of the Official Opposition

Danielle Smith was elected as
the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Highwood on April 23, 2012. She was
elected as leader of the Wildrose Party of Alberta on October 17, 2009.

She previously served on the
Special Standing Committee on Members’ Services and the Standing Committee on
Alberta’s Economic Future.

Prior to entering politics, Ms.
Smith was the director of provincial affairs for Alberta with the Canadian
Federation of Independent Business, CFIB. She worked with all levels of
government to represent the interests of CFIB’s 10,000 small-business members
in Alberta.

Before joining CFIB, Ms. Smith
had extensive experience in the media. She was an editorial writer and
columnist at the Calgary Herald for six years. She served as host of Global
Sunday, a national current affairs television talk show, and was also 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.

Ms. Smith’s public policy
experience began with an internship at the Fraser Institute. She was also
elected as a trustee for the Calgary board of education and served as the
director of the Alberta Property Rights Initiative and the Canadian Property
Rights Research Institute.

Ms.
Smith received a BA in English and a BA in economics from the University of
Calgary. She married her husband, David Moretta in 2006 and is the proud
stepmother of David’s son Jonathan. Danielle and David live in High River with
their two dogs, Caine and Colt.