Ralph Klein

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There’s an old saying in politics: anyone dumb enough to run for the job probably is too stupid to have it.

Ralph Phillip Klein (November 1, 1942 – March 29, 2013) served as the 12th Premier of Alberta and leader of the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta from 1992 until his retirement in 2006. Klein's tenure as premier ended when the Alberta Progressive Conservatives' new leader, Ed Stelmach, assumed office December 14, 2006, exactly fourteen years after Klein first became Premier. His nickname was "King Ralph", a reference to his political longevity and his management style.


  • I have some hopes for the future. One of the things I hope the new leader will address is an integrated energy policy, because we need to take advantage of the tremendous brainpower that we have amassed over the years relative to conventional and oil-sands oil and gas, and funnel those energies into alternate forms of energy for the future. By that I mean coal, coal gasification, coalbed methane, solar power, wind power, nuclear power, hydro power, all forms of energy other than conventional and oil-sands gas and oil.
    • As quoted in Geo Takach (2010). Will The Real Alberta Please Stand Up. University of Alberta Press. p. 312. 

Quotes about Klein[edit]

  • We can't win this province back - we can't be the government - with a smoking, drinking, paving, glad-handing premier.
    • Doug Main, reported by Cunningham, Jim (November 15, 1992). "The Candidates / A PROFILE: Ralph Klein". Calgary Herald: p. A8. 

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