January 01, 2016

I miss Ralph Klein: In his legacy is the solution to making Alberta great again

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Commentator
 

I miss Ralph Klein. I miss him a lot.

When I was coming of age as a young political animal, I had Ralph Klein and Deb Grey to harden my conservatism.

He had guts. He had that every man quality that made us trust him when he said he could get us back on track if we all just stuck to the program.

We called him King Ralph; but not because he was grand or regal. It was for just the opposite, in fact. We called him that out of pure irony. Klein is so “unregal” and so down to earth that sometimes we forgot he was the man in charge.

Ralph governed with us. When he tried to sell us on the public sector cuts he needed to make to save our province from an Ontario future, he got in a motorhome and took his plan to the people. He ended up in local coffee shops and community halls all across the province, listening to Albertans, telling us why we needed to buckle down and get our spending in check. He gave us answers to our questions. It’s a stark contrast to the sort of consultation we get from the NDP now. They show up tell us what they are going to do to us and leave us with fewer answers than when they came.

Ralph called what we were all building "The Alberta Advantage" and it was great. We had a business friendly tax structure and we were a safe place to work and live. Now the Notley government is chasing business out the door, with its royalty review, carbon tax, and hikes in corporate and personal income tax. Whatever advantage Alberta once had lives in Regina, now.

Klein knew the value, rather the moral imperative of unchaining ourselves and future generations from provincial debt. Who could forget the day King Ralph held up that sign that said PAID IN FULL? It was July 12, 2004. Oil spent the year hovering around the mid $30s per barrel. But we had done it and were really none the worse for wear. In fact we were headed into a boom. We were the envy of all of confederation. Now with the NDP's Grecian formula style spending, we will approach $47 billion in debt by 2020.

Every premier since Ralph has squandered his legacy, but Rachel Notley, in her very short time, is already the worst. In fact she promises us that much.

I wondered if Ralph was enjoying his retirement when I had to cast a ballot for Ed Stelmach. I thought about his modest personal expenses a lot when Alison Redford was premier. I cried when he died in 2013. I waxed nostalgic for Klein's down to earth premiership when Pretentious Prentice was the boss.

Now I just miss Ralph Klein, more and more every day.

 

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commented 2016-01-05 15:49:44 -0500
Ralph wasn’t perfect, but he looks pretty good right now by comparison. To the NDP, (of course)
commented 2016-01-05 15:47:35 -0500
‘Perfect politician’ is an oxymoron. The fact is, that Ralph was a shtload better for Alberta than anyone of the losers who took the reins following his departure. Harper is called ‘extreme right’ by many on the left. Laughable! Harper was centre and even left of centre. At times he was a disappointment to many of the Conservatives who voted him in. The fact of the matter is, that he got some things right, and was the only choice for PM. What else can we do but pick who will be best in the lot? Ralph wasn’t perfect, but he looks pretty good right now by comparison.

I don’t trust Jean either AB Patriot, the WRP will never get off the ground at this rate.
commented 2016-01-04 22:34:11 -0500
SCOTT ALLEN

I don’t trust anyone in the WRP. Brian Jean is just another CINO and he needs to be ousted. In fact, it’s disconcerting that at the last WRP policy conference, the sessions were behind closed doors. Why? Was it because Jean was selecting only the appropriate people for the sessions? I don’t trust that cunt and he needs to be shown the door. Fuck him and fuck all the CINOs. Wipe them out.
commented 2016-01-04 22:31:31 -0500
JACK PALLANCE

JACK PALLANCE commented 4 hours ago
Didn’t Klein though in the end submit to big government solutions and blew spending through the roof?

He certainly did.

The condition for balancing the budget was once it was balanced, spending would return to normal levels, and it did.

Stockwell Day couldn’t help doling out the cheques while Klein’s brain melted. Social spending in the first two years under Day broke $1 billion. Of course, Day had his sights set on being leader of the CA and PM, so he glad handed his way on the back of Alberta’s tax payers. He’s a cunt through and through.

And the nonsense behind the “Ralph Bucks” showed the depths of the insanity. Giving people $400 ONCE is not a dividend nor is it a tax cut. Ralph’s dementia was clearly causing him to believe fantasies and the CINO voices in his head.
commented 2016-01-04 18:26:23 -0500
Kleins pc was rife with leftists at the end evidenced by the horrible pc govts of the last dozen years. We need to throw the pcs in the dustbin of history. The only answer is for liberty loving people like ourselves to become the strength inside the wildrose party. Create a power base that speaks of small govt and freedom, pushing our agenda via our elected representatives
commented 2016-01-04 18:14:22 -0500
Didn’t Klein though in the end submit to big government solutions and blew spending through the roof?
commented 2016-01-04 17:47:37 -0500
DAN MANCUSO

Compromise is the path to failure.

If you believe in nothing, you will fall for anything – that is the mindset of the CINOs.

Finished them all – that is the right thing to do.
commented 2016-01-04 13:54:14 -0500
I agree with dan. We need voices like patriot to keep us on the path. Someone needs to be watchful of the drift towards scoialism it is the easy answer not the right answer. Patriot needs to stay involved in the process far better to compromise with him than rachel. Liberty is the goal we need a group to defend it. The americans had the founding fathers not just one man. Reagan gave credit to the people in his farewell address. We need a jefferson and a hamilton and a washington and a franklin to save our beloved home. They were common men not some elitist group
commented 2016-01-04 13:47:36 -0500
Alberta returns to greatness when we elect a government of common men and women with business backgrounds. Next step to return political power to municipalities local school boards and local hospital boards. Systematic decentralizing of government. Thses local governments need authority over there own tax money. Next step defunding wasteful programs like aboriginal ministry the indian act is federal not provincial we have no mandate for this multi million dollar waste. Culture funding ,and other pet projects . Do this then lower taxes and remove the power of govt regulators and watch this province explode in entrepeneurial
commented 2016-01-04 13:40:53 -0500
AB PATRIOT;
You do have something to say, and some people are listening.
I’m guilty myself of using hyperbole and emotive and foul language, and the good Lord knows I’m one angry SOB – for good reason – many of which you elucidate. I don’t trust any politician as far as I can throw the fat cats. I also agree with – but hate the reality of – Winston Churchill’s sentiment on Democracy… “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.” And I don’t know a ‘better’ system – yet, but I do know to not go down the road to totalitarianism – as attractive as that may seem from time to time…
The ugly truth is, we live in a reality that dictates that many of your ideas – as sound as they are – are completely impractical in their implementation – presently. As much as I despise the word ‘compromise’, I have also banged my head up against the stupidity and ignorant BS of that anger-producing reality – I’m the only one with the sore head…
Might I suggest you try and express more of your ideas and less of your anger – because people stop listening and only hear your anger after a while…
The truth is more important than our feelings!
commented 2016-01-04 13:17:18 -0500
Sorry but Jan Riemer chase the offices to Calgary with her socialist BS , it was not any plot by Klein.
commented 2016-01-03 22:49:50 -0500
JOE BOUDREAULT

Making debt illegal in the public sector can be done and be done very easily. Of course, politicians (regardless of the party) and their bureaucrat friends will never do it.

The solution, and it’s a very easy one, is to order every politician to post a $ 1 billion bond. They run even one penny into debt…well, they may as well put the barrel of a gun to their heads, because that’s exactly what they have done.

CINOs and their liberal fellow travellers will do everything they can make their lives easier. Running up a public debt is treason and should be solved by putting someone on the end of a noose. Make holding public office a life or death option and watch the politicians get in line or run away. I trust none of the parties – not even WRP – to do what’s right.

Preventing public requires one action and one action only: the complete and total dissolution of government. No government; no debt; it’s as easy as that. But for this to happen, citizens must realize that they should ask nothing of politicians or the government – no programs, no social services, no health care, no public services of any kind…nothing. The first politician that steps forward and says, “If you vote for me, I will not accept pay; I will pass no legislation; I will not grease for your vote; I will not pander to whatever group; and I will resign the second I fail.”
commented 2016-01-03 22:25:46 -0500
What happened to the idea of simply making debt illegal in the public sector? Nobody worth an ounce of salt would go so far in debt privately as to never get out. Except Liberals, of course. No government (let me repeat that: NO GOVERNMENT!) has any right whatsoever to bring debt onto any citizen. Keep your filthy hands out of MY pockets, all of you socialists!
commented 2016-01-03 13:33:45 -0500
PETER NETTERVILLE

Then be a moron all your life. But it’s CINOs like you who will ruin everything. Time for you to catch on or get out – go off and become a liberal.
commented 2016-01-03 13:30:12 -0500
AB, lets agree to disagree. I lived through Ralph’s reign both in Calgary as mayor and premier. I know it is as I say and your insult are meaningless, just like you. I do not appreciate your threats of violence. Either shit or get off the pot. Either find me and do the violence you threaten or stop the threats.
commented 2016-01-03 13:25:44 -0500
PETER NETTERVILLE

What you said about Klein was delusional in the extreme. On the fiscal side, he didn’t do enough; on the rest of the conservative side he was a CINO. Period. There can be no argument about that.

I would go so far and say that Klein set the stage in terms of many policies that every CINO has followed since. Balancing the budget is not difficult – any imbecile can do it. And given Klein’s tendency (as any CINO would) to just let government intervention happen, to interfere in people’s lives, to make decisions for others that impose a narrative, I will go so far and say that Klein set the stage for Bill 6, and he would have no problem with it.

As for your state, I have no doubt that there is nothing I could ever do that would add to your misfortune. Given your slavish CINO tendencies, you are the architect of your own disasters.
commented 2016-01-03 13:19:24 -0500
AB, I will await your arrival … with cameras streaming live to the Internet.
commented 2016-01-03 13:17:56 -0500
AB, what I said about Ralph is correct. It differs from you opinion. I hope you can allow me to have my opinion. If not whatever. But you seem intent of violence towards me. Obviously since you can find my LinkedIn page you can no doubt find me. If you are so intent on removing me from this planet and/or busting my face for disagreeing with you, then do it.
commented 2016-01-03 13:12:17 -0500
PETER NETTERVILLE

And no one should put up with idiots – like you – who cower to CINOs.

If you cannot see the obvious, maybe who should get off the planet?
commented 2016-01-03 13:02:45 -0500
It appears I had best always agree with AB Patriot otherwise I get a barrage of vile seething anger and insults galore. It won’t happen, however. I don’t cower to fools.
commented 2016-01-03 12:55:22 -0500
PETER NETTERVILLE commented 1 hour ago
@ AB Patriot – "deserves to have his face busted, "

Careful of the threats.

I checked your Linkedin pic – I make no threats; I prophesize, and it looks like it’s already happened.
commented 2016-01-03 12:53:18 -0500
NATHAN W

The importance of that incident was that the Minister sought to intervene, which was entirely against the wishes of the parents. Teaching or saying that “the Blacks are the fallen” is not unusual; if anything, it can be argued that it’s a sociological, if not a religious, truth. At the same time, it’s no different that the Minister intervening, as they would today, if the instruction centred around the inherent violence in Islam. Again, the state intervening to impose a narrative.
commented 2016-01-03 11:59:37 -0500
Rae Fraser said to AB Patriot, “I am relieved to know that -AB Patriot —is crazier than me.”

For once we agree on something.

Rae also said to AB Patriot, “You will probably regret your senseless diatribe in the AM.”

This sentence I doubt.
commented 2016-01-03 11:56:23 -0500
@ AB Patriot – "deserves to have his face busted, "

Careful of the threats.
commented 2016-01-03 11:54:49 -0500
@ AB Patriot – Take a Valium, though you might need the whole bottle.
commented 2016-01-03 10:27:52 -0500
Do I miss King Ralph?
Not really, although we did live in better times.
I, too, thought Ralph a CINO. I agree he should have invoked the Notwithstanding clause in the Delwin Vreind
case. It doesn’t take a Conservative to balance a budget. A contemporary of Ralph’s around the same time did it too, Paul Martin, who received accolades from SNN.
Alberta has, it’s been said, 1,000 years worth of oil. It’s landlocked.
As long as the voters elect the likes of CINOs, Klein, Stelmach, Redford, and now the NDP,
Wynne and Trudeau, better times are not on the horizon.
commented 2016-01-03 09:00:10 -0500
Ralph – a leader for the people! Rachel – a vicious divisive leader for the unions, and her destructive ideology of communism, and who hates the people. See the difference?
commented 2016-01-03 05:27:39 -0500
Ab Patriot – Any school teaching about the “blacks being the fallen” should definitely come under fire.

I feel sorry for you. You’re clearly a very angry man. I suggest counselling.
commented 2016-01-03 04:33:03 -0500
I am relieved to know that -AB Patriot --is crazier than me. You will probably regret your senseless diatribe in the AM.
commented 2016-01-03 03:49:50 -0500
Ok then……I will agree that Ralph was by his own admission, a liberal.