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Ms. Danielle Smith – MLA for Highwood

Father in Heaven, as we bring Ms.
Danielle Smith to You, we ask that You give her strength in every area of life
so that she may fulfill the many and varied needs of the people of
Alberta.  We pray for wisdom for decision
making and the ability to clearly understand how to reach important objectives
and move our province forward into greater success.  Be with her and may Your peace surround her.  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.