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.