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Alberta Conservatives Tap Firebrand Smith as Leader in Test for Trudeau

  • Politician wins 53.8% support to become next Alberta premier
  • Canadian province using oil-price windfall to pay down debt
Danielle Smith in 2012.
Danielle Smith in 2012.Photographer: Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press/AP Photo
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Alberta conservatives elected a sovereignty advocate who railed against vaccine mandates to lead Canada’s biggest oil-producing province.

Danielle Smith, who won 53.8% support of United Conservative Party members on the sixth ballot of a leadership contest, will replace Jason Kenney as Alberta’s premier. Kenney resigned in May after securing only a bare majority of party members in a leadership referendum.