March 29, 2016

Remembering Ralph Klein through his most colourful quotes

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Commentator
 

Today marks the third anniversary of the passing of Premier Ralph Klein.

Klein was premier of Alberta for fourteen years. In that time, he accomplished much.

Klein paid off the ballooning provincial debt and got the government out of liquor sales in Alberta. Despite promises by public sector unions to the contrary, the world didn't end. In fact, Ralph’s world was more prosperous and more affordable for everyday Albertans to live in.

On the national stage, Klein took on the Federal Liberals over the Kyoto Accord and the Long Gun Registry.

No matter the fight, Klein was a man who was always in the corner of the little guy; the farmer, the rig hand, the small business owner.

Ralph Klein was unabashedly proud of Alberta and he spoke plainly about things that mattered. There was no polished political double speak from Klein. He spoke from the heart about the province he loved. And we believed him.

Join me as I remember the greatest premier from the greatest province in the greatest country on the face of the earth through some of his most colourful quotes.

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commented 2016-03-30 16:18:02 -0400
No quote about Belinda Stronach not having a conservative bone?
commented 2016-03-30 15:06:51 -0400
We in Canada are either blessed – or cursed – to repeat our history over and over. When times are good, we vote in lefties, and when times are bad we call in the right-leaning politicians to clean up the mess. rinse. repeat.
commented 2016-03-30 10:35:54 -0400
Ralph was a liberal, but crossed the floor when Don Getty convinced him to run for premier. Other than Family Day, this was the best gift that Don Getty left to Albertans when he stepped down. He passed the torch to a man for the people. I loved that Ralph wasn’t an elitist, but a populist leader. His legacy will live on, and it will grow, as our province crumbles under the destruction of Rachel Notley and her underlings, who’ve never been responsible for their own lives. They had best save their money, because this will be the best gig that they ever have!
commented 2016-03-30 10:27:38 -0400
Ralph Klein definitely was the best Premier since Peter Lougheed, and some say better, but the press never stopped attacking him for everything, especially his drinking. They were relentlessly hateful, much like they are today towards Conservatives.

Now according to Ralph, he was not a Conservative but a Liberal, but all his actions were directly conservative in nature and policy. I judge a man by his actions, not his words, even though he was one to speak his mind and do what he said he would do.

Yes, he made some mistakes, had his faults, and some people loathed him, but he did this province a real true service. He was real, down to earth, and one of the people, not one of the snobby political elite.

Now that legacy has been squandered first by the liberal PC party after Ralph’s time and now the NDP. Sickening. Truly sickening!
commented 2016-03-30 10:19:12 -0400
Lloyd Nolan said, “It was a prosperous time , even when oil was lower than it is now during a part of his time in office!”

Actually during most of it.

( Converted to 2015 dollar value )

Year | Price | Unemployment
1993 | $27.39 | %11.36
1994 | $24.94 | %10.74
1995 | $25.96 | %9.77
1996 | $30.78 | %9.21
1997 | $27.43 | %8.42
1998 | $17.26 | %7.89
1999 | $23.42 | %8.68
2000 | $37.54 | %7.79
2001 | $30.68 | %7.03
2002 | $29.92 | %8.02
2003 | $35.55 | %7.25
2004 | $47.04 | %6.5
2005 | $60.44 | %5.6
2006 | $68.27 | %5.06
commented 2016-03-30 00:37:56 -0400
One of the best there ever was and one of the best there ever will be. The vitriol and whining from the ones who hated him was priceless , they predicted all this doom and gloom and things got better and better.
commented 2016-03-29 23:34:34 -0400
I moved to Alberta in 1999 and Ralph was already a legend. I am fortunate to be here when he turned the province around and paid off the debt. He was a charismatic and grass roots man that always worked for the people and everyone knew this. King Ralph stands as the best Premiere that Canada has ever produced. Just an ordinary guy and look what he accomplished. Well done Ralph, well done!
commented 2016-03-29 22:56:27 -0400
Ralph had a heart of gold, and cared about people! I miss his straightforward ways. One of my favourite quotes is “politics is a bloodsport!”
commented 2016-03-29 22:35:37 -0400
It was a prosperous time , even when oil was lower than it is now during a part of his time in office!

All the real adults are taken away and replaced with children!
commented 2016-03-29 22:29:15 -0400
Ya beat me to it Dave, my favorite was “shoot, shovel and shut up” in reference to endangered species encumbered land titles. My next favorite was about busing “eastern bums and scums” out to BC.

Ralph was accessible, if you missed him in chambers, you cold always trot over to the Cecil hotel where he had a beer and chicken and chips every Friday since he was a CFCN city hall reporter. I hoisted a few pints there with Ralph, and he always bought the first round. As Premier his door was always open.
commented 2016-03-29 20:44:53 -0400
The thing about politicians like Klein, Harper and Ford is they campaign on what they mean and mean what they say. There is no bait and switch, normally called lies, as occurs with the regressive socialists, normally called carpet-baggers.
commented 2016-03-29 20:29:59 -0400
Love that man Ralph. A rare politician who had a vision and shared it with Albertans.
Welcome to Ralph’s world. Sadly no more.
commented 2016-03-29 20:07:29 -0400
i rather like the comment about Belinda Stronach that he made. “Belinda Stronach hasn’t got a conservative bone in her body…….maybe one”. this comment was made by Ralph after Stronach crossed the floor to the liberals.
another good one from king Ralph during the BSE crisis was the “shoot shovel and shut up” comment. these are 2 of the most unforgetable ones i remember. long live king Ralph who tells it like it is.
commented 2016-03-29 20:01:55 -0400
Sigh I miss Ralph too. A true conservative and a down to earth guys faults and all. Loved him! He rolling in his grave looking at what’s being done to our Alberta right now I’m sure.
commented 2016-03-29 19:55:46 -0400
I miss Ralph Klein, too, Sheila!

I’ll take the mosquitoes over the socialists any day of the week.
commented 2016-03-29 19:32:11 -0400
You missed the quote, ‘What, you thought I was lying?’, when questioned about the consequences of his economic reforms after winning in 1993. Pretty much a call to the loser right wing voters who voted Non-Democratic Party 47 weeks ago.