Canada and more specifically Alberta lost the poster child of good politician when Ralph Klein left politics, and perhaps it is especially fitting that we remember him in today’s day of “nothing like Klein” federal politicians. If there was one message that I wish our federal leaders would learn is to be a person first and a politician after. Even through Alberta’s tough economic times Ralph always, always, always cared about how the tough policies effected the people of Alberta.
I especially enjoyed how Ralph could stand in front of the media, with cameras rolling and microphones shoved in his face and the pressure of questions coming from every direction, and when asked something that he didn’t have an answer to he could humbly admit that he didn’t know the answer. Could you imagine how today’s politicians could admit to being wrong about something like Ralph had, and more, to change your policy because you were wrong.
Where are the politicians like him. Why cannot parties, as they elect their new leaders look for people like him, for a caring human that wanted to get results best for the people and not some corporation. Liberals, as you pick your new leader please take note. Stephan Harper and Thomas Mulcair, with their cardboard poster personalities, please take notes.
Ralph Klein and Steven Harper may both have been Conservatives, but Harper is the polar opposite of Ralph. I cannot, for the life of me imagine Ralph sneaking into a Russian hotel room to make a secret trade deal with the Chinese; a deal that are made in secret because it is known that the Canadian people would not approve of because it is bad for Canadians and to the country. I cannot imagine Ralph pounding an iron fist and setting an agenda for what his caucus can speak about.
Politicians could learn that the public would defend a leader that was a friend and someone that actually had a personality they liked. The political party that chose such a leader would never be voted out. Politicians could learn to be open to the media and the people, to admit their being humans. Politicians could learn that the public would not be critical of a Government that found out what the public wanted and then simply did the public’s will. The public could learn to not be critical of a politician that sincerely confessed that they would have to get back to them with an opinion.
If you’ve noticed, it is not comfortable to say Steve, it is comfortable to say Steven Harper, because of the distance between us, whereas Ralph, was just Ralph. Ralph is a Conservative I would feel comfortable voting for, Stephan Harper is someone I could never vote for. Ralph may have given us government of the people, by the people, and for the people as we are ever to find. Goodbye Ralph, you were one of a kind.
- Ralph Klein: One of the greatest natural politicians of his generation (o.canada.com)
- Ralph Klein: You can’t fake that ‘man of the people’ stuff (metronews.ca)