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Danielle Smith Recall Petition Started By Angry Albertans

12/18/2014 02:10 EST | Updated 12/18/2014 02:59 EST

Are you one of the thousands of Albertans who are upset with Danielle Smith and the eight other Wildrose MLAs who crossed the floor to join the PC government yesterday?

Here's a way to express your indignation.

A group of angry Albertans have created a website, demanding that the former Wildrose leader resign her seat, forcing a byelection.

The petition reads:

Danielle Smith has broken her promise to voters and abandoned her duties as the leader of the opposition. For years, she condemned the Progressive Conservatives as untrustworthy, corrupt and out of touch with Albertans. Until they offered her a political payoff – and then she jumped ship and joined them.

Smith used to support MLA recall – the right for voters to force a byelection in a riding. She's probably reneged on that belief too, but we haven't.

Smith won her election by promising to oppose the PCs – not to make a secret deal to join them.

Caitlyn Madlener, a co-creator of the website recalldanielle.ca, told Metro Calgary it's time that Smith face statements she's made in the past about being a principled politician.

“Before, she said she believed in recall votes and being able to recall politicians, and we believe she should stick to those principles and allow her constituents to go into a byelection and decide whether or not they want to see her in power before,” Madlener said.

Madlener told the Edmonton Journal the petition has already garnered a few hundred signatures, and that "people are happy to find a place to put out their frustrations."

Smith explained her defection to reporters Wednesday, saying: "If you're going to be the official Opposition leader, you have to really want to take down the government and really want to take down the premier. I don't want to take down this premier."

And while the politicians were behind closed doors, Alberta's politically-minded took to Twitter, recasting all the drama as if it were a Hollywood movie. Check out some of their suggestions below.

#ablegmovies: Politics Meets Hollywood

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