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Less than three years ago, Wildrose was a respectable yet minor player in Alberta politics. Many observers liked the party's populist and conservative positions, but couldn't see how a third party could smash down the powerful PC monolith. Then along came Danielle Smith.
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Over a relatively short period of time, she held some impressive positions: director of the Canadian Property Rights Research Institute, campaign director for Alberta Property Rights Initiative, and Alberta's director of provincial affairs for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. She was a trustee for the Calgary Board of Education, host of the TV show Global Sunday, and a popular Calgary discount louis vuitton sunglasses outlet fashion style on sale red/purple Herald columnist and editorial writer.