Former Wildrose leader Danielle Smith says she’s surprised both women in the PC Alberta leadership race have already dropped out of the contest, with one of them accusing a male rival of bringing “Trump-style politics” to Alberta.
Sandra Jansen cited harassment and intimidation as her reasons for suddenly throwing in the towel, while Donna Kennedy-Glans dropped out saying there’s no room for centrist discussions in the party.
“I have always felt like, for the Conservative coalition to succeed, it needs to embrace a broad spectrum,” remarked Smith. As broad as Jason Kenny and Sandra Jansen . . . should be able to be under the same tent if there’s going to be a large enough coalition to win. And the fact that she’s now saying that she’s facing bullying, intimidation and filth as she puts it on her social media pages — I think that’s not a good sign.”
Smith says it’s also not an encouraging sign with efforts underway to get more women to run for political office.
“So I hope it doesn’t dissuade people in hearing about how rough and tumble it can be to consider public life in that way. But all these kinds of stories when women feel like their being bullied — they’re being targeted — it doesn’t look good on the political scene.”
Smith says if you’re thinking about getting into politics, you have to get used to receiving a lot more criticism then acclaim. (Global News/td)