Alberta opposition decimated as leader, eight others cross floor

December 18, 2014 12:19 AM

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CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Alberta's official opposition party was decimated on Wednesday as nine of its 14 sitting members in the provincial legislature, including its leader, defected to the ruling Progressive Conservative party.

Danielle Smith, who had been the only leader of the opposition Wildrose party since it was formed in 2008, said she and her colleagues decided to cross the floor and join the ruling Progressive Conservatives because Alberta's uncertain economic outlook demanded the unification of the province's righ...

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