March 29, 2017

Remembering Ralph Klein: “His story is everything I love about Alberta”

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show

March 29 marks a sad anniversary in Alberta. Four years ago, Premier Ralph Klein passed away in Calgary after a long battle with a respiratory illness.

Klein was an open book.

He didn’t keep much from us.

We knew he gave hippies the middle finger, had struggles with alcohol and called eastern vagrants “creeps and bums.”

But we forgave all those rough edges because he was paying down the debt and making hard choices to cut government spending wherever he could.

Today I bring you some lesser known facts about the man we called "King Ralph."

These are things we don’t talk about anymore, or things we have forgotten with time.

Klein was from an era when politicians weren't scared to be tough, when they didn't speech-police their own voters, when they didn't cower in fear of the media and when they didn’t try to please people who will hate them anyway.

They sure don’t make them like that anymore.

Premier Klein was Alberta’s child. His story is everything I love about this place I call home where you can be anything you want if you want it enough to work for it.

Klein was a great man who made Alberta great again before it was cool.

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commented 2017-03-30 10:13:54 -0400
Tree Carter? Tree Coverdale? Jack Tree? Jack OFF?
commented 2017-03-30 10:12:39 -0400
Awe Sheila, :(
You gotta make up some Ralph tees & sell them at the Rebel store.
I took for granted how great we had it when Ralph was around. I sure miss him. He treated Albertans like we were his legacy. Notley SUCKS! Cannot wait to put this NDP nightmare behind us & begin to rebuild our beautiful province into prosperity once again.
Don’t look back, look to the future, we will rebuild.
commented 2017-03-30 09:13:59 -0400
Jim Harper got tired of all the whinny Canadians that did not know how good they had it.I can’t imagine how mind numbing it must be listening to that idiot Trudeau speak,not to mention any of his trained monkeys.It is good that Alberta knew a good politician.Now clean the house and find another.
commented 2017-03-30 02:34:27 -0400
Sheila – this tribute was Awesome! Damn! I do miss Ralph Klein (tears)!
And like I’ve said over & over & over – I’d happily buy Ralph a case of beer any day – but am pissed that I was forced to buy Cretan cases of champagne!!
What people so easily forget – is that Ralph buried Alberta’s debt when oil prices were around then $30 / barrel price – and yet this NDPigger skank can’t balance the budget on $45 / barrel!!
commented 2017-03-30 02:16:33 -0400
Eh! TREE – Like OUR Ralph said – Shoot- Shovel & Shut the F**K Up!! …that was good advice for all to rid themselves of diseased materials!
Libtards are diseased material. Lieberalism is a Mental Disorder – go commit yourself for help – before the lead pill reaches your vicinity!
commented 2017-03-30 02:05:38 -0400
I don’t see what is so bad with throwing coins at residents of a homeless shelter.
commented 2017-03-30 01:09:19 -0400
Lloyd Nolan; Wouldn’t take him. He’s all bark.
commented 2017-03-30 01:06:59 -0400
The Tree we already know that you are a loser, you do not have to keep proving it.
commented 2017-03-30 01:06:29 -0400
Ralph was the best ever. We need him more than ever now.
commented 2017-03-29 23:43:34 -0400
Tree….you have serious mental issues and you know it. It’s time to get off the booze and pills and get help. You coward!
commented 2017-03-29 23:41:18 -0400
Oh yes…Ralph Klein, I can still hear his reports on CFCN news ending with…..“Ralph Klein……City Hall”. He was genuine and a man of the people. Oh to have a leader like him that could not care less what the talking heads (msm) thought of him.
commented 2017-03-29 21:52:30 -0400
Tree , why don’t you turn yourself into the nearest lumber mill
commented 2017-03-29 21:47:19 -0400
SHEILA , super good one , I worked in and around Calgary during his time , it was a time of building , people had hope , he had to fight the use all public sector unions he is the historical Alberta hero
What trash we have ruining us now
commented 2017-03-29 21:28:26 -0400
Thanks for this Sheila, I spent my working career under a Klein City hall and Klein legislature – I miss him a lot, but most of all I miss the openness of Klein era politics and administration.

He was a true populist leader in the classic sense of the word. He was genuine – WYSIWYG, he was human and had human foibles but never let them interfere with his duty and love for this province. I remember bumping glasses of draft and sharing a basket chicken and chips with Ralph at the “Louis” on a Friday night a few times. It would be a sad thing indeed if this Alberta populism was a relic of the past never to be seen again in our great province – Alberta populism was Ralph’s legacy and gift to the province. I hope we can reclaim it.
commented 2017-03-29 21:18:58 -0400
Same troll different name.
commented 2017-03-29 19:59:53 -0400
@ Maurice Potvin who said to The Tree – “Or is posting disparaging comments the whole point of you being here?”

That about sums it up. What a sad sack life if he gets his jollies insulting others. He gives no explanation or reasoning for the insults, just makes them and runs along. Immature.
commented 2017-03-29 19:39:19 -0400
Ralph rocks! Can you imagine if the Rebel had been around then. He would have been on, speaking truth on a regular basis. He was a man of the people.
commented 2017-03-29 19:36:15 -0400
Ignore Tree, he is just Cloverbale under a new name. Easy to tell from the writing style, such as it is. Cloverbale, if you remember was the troll who belongs to Occidental Dissent.
commented 2017-03-29 19:33:32 -0400
What proved how respected Klein was is the fact a conservative former premier and an NDP former premier, Harris and Romanow, gave the eulogy and a former liberal P/M, Chrétien, was in the honoured section of mourners.
commented 2017-03-29 19:04:18 -0400
The Tree? WTF are you a tree hugging moron? The moron part is obvious. Now fuck off and go for a run on the freeway you useless POS.
commented 2017-03-29 19:02:25 -0400
Hey, Tree, why do you come to this website if it’s full of BS? No one is forcing you. Go follow CBC’s web news, or any other news website that’s “fair” and “balanced” in your eyes. You don’t have be here reading this, as you say, “bullshit”. Or is posting disparaging comments the whole point of you being here? Who’s paying you?
commented 2017-03-29 18:24:14 -0400
Build that firewall. Before it’s too late. Here’s to you King, RIP.
commented 2017-03-29 18:07:48 -0400
Sniff! Sniff! I miss Ralph Klein! He was a good man. He may have been a Liberal, but he acted like a Conservative.

I appreciated Ralph’s “down-to-earth” attitude and a man of the people.

Sigh. Oh, to have a Ralph Klein now.

Ahhh, yes, Pierre “Asshole” Trudeau and his NEP program. The National Energy Program that targeted only Alberta’s oil and caused a much worse recession than need be in the early 80s. He raped Alberta for over 100 billion in the early 80s. Grrrrrrrrr… I hate that man and his clueless idiot son.
commented 2017-03-29 18:03:07 -0400
Ralph treated the people with respect, by involving us in political issues. He was a people person and cared about the human condition. We were all Martha and Henry to him. I loved that he called a spade a spade, no matter what the critics said. He was one in a million, or maybe a billion now a days. He was admired by so many. How many people can say that they’ve run for public office on their first name? Not very many. I wish he were still Premier of AB. I wonder what his words of wisdom would be about Rachel and her gang of miscreants? I’m sure whatever he would have said, would have been true, and he would have been attacked by the chattering classes, until the cows came home, because of it! RIP Ralph – you were one of the best!
commented 2017-03-29 18:00:37 -0400
Too bad Harper didn’t learn from him or he might still be Prime Minister.