If Danielle Smith's Wildrose Party defeats Alberta Progressive Conservative Premier Alison Redford later this month, will she propose a merger between the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan called "Saskberta?"
During the course of any campaign trail, it’s always important for candidates to maintain their composure and have a sense of humor. Danielle Smith, leader of the Wildrose Party, did exactly that Sunday when she issued a press release announcing a merger between two western provinces.
If Smith is able to defeat Redford, the PC incumbent, on Apr. 23, her government would immediately start discussions with the leadership in the Saskatchewan government. She proposes, in jest, that the new province would be named “Saskberta.”
In the media release, Smith states that both provinces share common values and concerns and such a merger would be the best possible way to move forward and promote policy that best promotes those principles and worries.
“Alberta and Saskatchewan are both blessed with abundant natural resources, which is clearly an area we can better pursue as a single province,” said Smith. “We also have a shared commitment to eliminate pirate activity on the North Saskatchewan River.”
It is important to note, though, that Alberta has two hockey teams, while Saskatchewan has none. The No. 1 priority for the Wildrose Party “will be to secure a third NHL team which represents both provinces – I think the ‘Saskberta Grain Elevators’ would be a great name.”
The release concluded at the bottom: “Wildrose stands for cuddling small animals, drawing pictures with children, loving cake, and provocative public transport.”
Please note: if you didn’t know by now, her press release was an April Fool’s Day joke.Digital Journal reported Sunday of the various news outlets that pulled pranks on their readers. Google pulled out an 8-bit version of its Google Maps, while BBC published a headline on its website: “The Earth has exploded, killing everyone." We here even had an alien invasion article.