EDMONTON – Alberta Wildrose leader Danielle Smith says Jim Prentice wants to eliminate her party as a threat before he even officially enters the race to become premier.
The Opposition leader says someone from Prentice’s inner circle has called one of her confidantes to pitch a merger between the Wildrose and the Progressive Conservatives should Prentice win the Tory leadership race.
Smith says her response was a categorical no.
She won’t say who called from the Prentice camp.
Smith says both parties may be right of centre, but Tory spending scandals and deficits don’t make them a good fit for the Wildrose.
A spokesperson for Prentice could not be immediately reached for comment.