Like a Phoenix from the ashes, Danielle Smith is back and is ready to take the fight to Ottawa if she is elected as the new leader of the United Conservative Party and Premier of the Province.
In a campaign stop in North East Calgary Thursday night, Smith said that time and time again Ottawa has pushed Alberta around and now it's time for Alberta to stand firm and stand up against the attacks the federal government has been tossing Alberta's way.
"We said to the rest of the country that we have had enough, and we put an equalization measure on the ballot," Smith said. "The purpose of that (ballot measure) was to start constitutional talks where we could talk about changing the relationship with the rest of the country," the UCP leadership candidate added.
But what Alberta got in return was much worse than expected, "What was the federal government's response to that (ballot measure), they gave us Federal Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault. (Guilbeault) is probably the most anti-oil and gas environment minister."
Smith accuses Trudeau and Ottawa of driving a bus right into provincial affairs, " They told us how to manage daycare, they told us they want to get into our dental care, they told us they wanted to get into pharmacare, and they want to take over longterm care.
"Every time there is a national program, (