03.29.2013 11:08 PM

Spent my youth in this place

Ralph Klein was there when I was, lots of times. I didn’t like him as mayor or as Premier. But he was good to drink with.

Anyway, he’s gone, now. The Louis, too. God bless them both.



  1. Swervin' Merv says:

    With all the tributes to Ralph Klein being broadcast today by the media, I half expect him to be resurrected on Sunday.

  2. Marvin says:

    O rancid ketchup, how I miss thee.

  3. We trooped the colour for Ralph Klein back in 1986 at Currie Barracks – boatloads of people came for that. I think more than any other Canadian politician in recent memory, Ralph Klein had what Warren refers to as H.O.A.G. I’ll sure miss him.

  4. James Hanna says:

    You captured my thoughts on Ralph perfectly; I never did have the pleasure of going to the Saint Louis (closest thing in Edmonton was probably the Strath, which is still going strong AFAIK)

    • James Hanna says:

      Whyte was my neck of the woods too, before leaving for Montreal

      Ralph was one of a kind; and thats about all I will say myself. Deepest condolences to his family.

  5. Eric Weiss says:

    My father and Ralph were good friends before he entered politics, so I knew him socially. He was a kind, generous and hilarious person. He will be missed. And beyond being a HOAG, Ralph connected with most Albertans because he was honest. He told you what he was going to do and did it. Very rare in politics.

    “We lost a great guy, Alberta lost a great man and Canada lost a great Canadian too.”
    ~ Jean Cretien

  6. Steve T says:

    Regardless of your political stripe, we need more leaders like Ralph Klein. They say what they mean, and they follow through on what they say. When you vote for them (or against them), you are doing so based on the facts. They are decidely NOT in favor of the saying-everything-and-therefore-saying-nothing approach of so many politicians these days.

    I think Jack Layton was in this same camp. I didn’t agree with much of what Jack wanted to see happen in Canada, but I always respected him for being a straight shooter and an honest individual.

    It seems to me that Canada is desperately in need of more politicians like Jack and Ralph.

  7. james Smith says:

    Never voted for him. I did meet him twice, once when I was at a Calgary Liberal Fundraiser where as mayor, he said to the crowd: “I’ve never felt comfortable with the discipline of a political party, but the closest to a political home would be the Liberal Party.”
    Two years later he was a Tory cabinet minister.

  8. Brian mouland says:

    Farewell to both

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