Danielle Smith celebrates after being chosen as the new leader of the United Conservative Party and next Alberta premier in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

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Alberta’s new Premier Danielle Smith was sworn in on Tuesday and made international headlines the same day. Smith told the media “(The unvaccinated) have been the most discriminated-against group that I’ve ever witnessed in my lifetime.”

She then issued a mea culpa on Wednesday:

“I want to be clear that I did not intend to trivialize in any way the discrimination faced by minority communities and other persecuted groups or create any false equivalencies to the terrible historical discrimination and persecution suffered by so many minority groups,” said the statement.

Smith won the United Conservative Party leadership vote with 54 per cent support last Thursday and plans to name her cabinet next week.

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