Alberta Floods

Former Wildrose Party leader Danielle Smith looks on as Okotoks town councillor Carrie Fischer defeats her in the Highwood Progressive Conservative nomination race in High River, Alta. on Saturday, March 28, 2015.THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Jordan Verlage - Okotoks Western Wheel

Former Alberta opposition leader handed defeat after defecting to government

The former leader of Alberta's Official Opposition paid a high political price on Saturday after creating a national stir when she crossed the floor to join the governing Progressive Conservatives. Danielle Smith lost the Tory nomination to Carrie Fischer, a town councillor in Okotoks, in the provincial riding of Highwood, south of Calgary. Smith led eight of her colleagues of the Wildrose party…

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