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Danielle Smith’s return shocks many Albertans. It shouldn’t.
Many think she made the unforgivable sin in 2014 when as Wildrose leader she crossed the floor with her fellow MLAs to join Jim Prentice and his Tories, who would lose to the NDP months later. After that, many politicos wrote her off and forgot about her, exiled forever.
But believe it or not, the conservatives that hated her the most then are the very people who now love
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