Redford staffer resigns over inappropriate Twitter attack on Smith

- March 31st, 2012

It’s been a strange day in the Alberta provincial election campaign.

  • On Friday, after watching Wildrose Party leader Danielle Smith unveil another plank what Wildrose is calling its “Family Pack” pledge, the executive assistant to Premier and Progressive Conservative leader Alison Redford — a woman named Amanda Wilkie — put this on Twitter:
    • “If @ElectDanielle likes young and growing families so much, why doesn’t she have children of her own?  #wrp family pack = insincere”
  • Wilkie subsequently apologized (“140 characters, didn’t come across the way I meant it and for that I’m sorry. I meant to imply something entirely different.) and shut down her Twitter account.
  • Smith then released this statement:
    • March 31, 2012 (Calgary, AB): Today Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith issued the following statement in response to comments made by a Staffer in Premier Redford’s Calgary office regarding the Wildrose Family Pack.
    • “In the last day the question has been raised about why I don’t have children of my own.  When David and I married in 2006 we intended to have children together. After a few years we sought help from the Calgary Regional Fertility Clinic. I appreciated the support and assistance of the caring staff as we went through tests and treatments, but in the end we were not successful.
    • “I consider myself very fortunate to have a terrific stepson, Jonathan, David’s son from a previous marriage.  I am also blessed to have grown up in a large family with four siblings who have given me the opportunity to be the auntie of 5 terrific nieces and nephews: Emily, Sam, Chloe, Seyenna and Logan.
    • “Family is very important to me and I consider this to be a very personal matter. I will not be commenting on it further.”
  • Then it was Premier Redford’s turn:
    • “Alberta is made up of all types of families. Each one has a story. Each one is unique. There is no one type of family that is more authentic than the other.
    • Last night, a tweet was sent that was entirely inappropriate. It was hurtful and does not reflect my values nor those of my campaign in any way.
    • Once I became aware of the tweet, I called Danielle Smith immediately. I look forward to speaking with her privately.
    • The young woman who authored the tweet has resigned from her position. From that action I know she understands the gravity of her actions.”
  • And finally, one last tweet from Smith:
    • “I just spoke with @Premier_Redford. I appreciate her sincerity and accepted her apology.”

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  1. A couple of years ago during the infant years of the “Wild Rose Party” it happened to be disclosed in an interview that the leader of the party was the darling of the Fraser Institute and if this is still the case then the progressive Conservative party leader just might find herself fighting for the approval of the same Fraser Institute who once supported and possibly directed the agenda of her party. It seems there are no friends when it comes to the almighty dollar and the most fierce and non relenting lion pride will win out especially when it comes to no hands barred back biting slandering that seems to be taking place within the Fraser Club.

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