One of only two returnees from last year’s list (the other being her nemesis, Wildrose Party leader Danielle Smith), Alison Redford has seen her national and international status grow even as her polling numbers at home have dwindled. With four visits to Washington to advocate for Alberta’s interests since she became premier in October 2011, Redford has taken a more aggressive and public stand in that country than any of her predecessors. And as the driving force behind the national debate over an energy strategy, Redford has shown herself to be a powerful representative of the province’s interests beyond its borders. At the same time she has made progress on her agenda at home. Among other things she has announced new contracts with teachers and doctors, signed an $85 million deal on Métis settlements and developed a new framework for the delivery of social services.