Jim Prentice doesn’t like ‘piling on’ of Danielle Smith

Alberta Premier Jim Prentice and former Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith speak to media after a caucus meeting in Edmonton Alta., Wednesday, December 17, 2014. Prentice's caucus met to discuss a bid by at least half the official Opposition to cross the floor. Jason Franson, The Canadian Press

EDMONTON – Alberta’s premier says former Wildrose leader Danielle Smith was a good politician and should be thanked for her contribution to the province.

Jim Prentice is defending Smith after she lost a bid on the weekend to win the Tory nomination in her Highwood constituency for the next provincial election.

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She led eight Wildrose MLAs across the floor to the Tories last December — a move which left the Wildrose in disarray.

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Prentice says Smith is a friend and he doesn’t like to see people piling on criticism after her loss.

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