What We Can Learn From Ralph Klein

Ralph Klein at Metro Restaurant

Ralph Klein at Metro Restaurant (Photo credit: Urban Mixer)

Signature of Ralph Klein.

Signature of Ralph Klein. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.


About pushinback

Back in 1993, I attended an anti-Nafta rally in Ottawa along with over 110,000 others. But despite the overwhelming opposition to NAFTA, the steamroller rolled on. It was there that I came to understand the one vital thing that I have been preaching ever since. There are so many issues, and so many fighting each issue, we are all spinning our wheels, and wasting our time, talents and energy, because each election, we give the politicians our power and so the deck is stacked against us. I said it that day and I say it with more fervency today. We all have one issue that we share, and we should all stop fighting for our own issues and losing anyways, and we should fight to achieve that one thing that we all share. We Canadians all have to fight to finally get a say between elections. We need to fight to make politicians accountable to us, the people. If there is no accountability, and the people have no say between elections, we have no Democracy. My Blog is written to teach the reader the essential knowledge of freedom and Democracy. Please read, and learn. I am one person, but I leave you my witness that one person is not powerless, only first you must first learn and then act. Let the democratic revolution begin. Kindest regards, Rob McQueen
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