It’s a sad week for Ralph Klein

Poor Ralph Klein. Early this week it was reported that Klein would be hanging up his crown in 2007. This announcement was not made to allow enough time to plan his retirement party. It was made because those who are interested in becoming the next absolute ruler of Alberta are getting anxious, and too many people had been suggesting Klein’s exit could be as soon as this fall. Klein must have realized that these retirement reports often included accusations that he has lost his passion for the job, putting the province on auto-pilot.

Auto-pilot! That is nonsense, of course. After all, he had recently announced his ‘revolutionary’ third-way health reforms, including his pet project: the ability for Albertan’s to pay for the ‘superior’ Birmingham Hip replacement surgery out of pocket. But it turns out the Birmingham Hip is not so superior. According to orthopedic surgens, Klein’s praise of the Birmingham Hip has created mass confusion and anger among patients who thought they were getting a good hip already. And, it turns out that those patients suited to the Birmingham were already getting it, and it was being paid for by the public system. According to Dr. William Johnston, past president of the Canadian Orthopedic Association, “There is no clear consensus among experts that the Birmingham hip is a better hip and indeed, in many studies, it has a higher complication rate” (from Edmonton Journal, 22 July, A6).

But don’t shed a tear for Ralph Klein just because his retirement is eagerly awaited, and his pet project is coming under attack. Shed those tears for the majority of Albertans. After all, the granting of Alberta’s first same sex marriage licenses yesterday constituted, according to Klein, “a sad day for the majority of Albertans who believe in the traditional definition of marriage.” Ralph, it’s nice to see that the fire still burns!



  1. "Dr." Klein said,

    Saturday, 23 July 2005 at 11:40 am

    I miss Premier Klein’s happy weeks. I bet the week this happened was a good one:

  2. O'Smiley said,

    Sunday, 24 July 2005 at 7:15 pm

    “dr.” klein – thats obviously you manatee. Everyone else knows how to do proper links.

  3. Gnomes said,

    Tuesday, 26 July 2005 at 4:06 pm

    I had hoped for some more fireworks from Klein, possibly enough to justify calling him Ralph “Governor Wallace” Klein, a reference I was quite proud of myself for having come up with. His juvenile hand-wringing is sadly (i.e. pathetically) insufficient to either satisfy his supporters or provide good sport for his opponents.

  4. Manatee said,

    Tuesday, 26 July 2005 at 4:34 pm

    Alright, interesting reference.

    I would like to make clear that no one at Manatee and Gnomes condones the attempted assasination of political figures past or present. Also, no one at Manatee and Gnomes officially supports any ambitions of “Dr.” Colleen Klein to become Premier of Alberta.

    Gnomes, welcome home!

  5. Anonymous said,

    Friday, 5 August 2005 at 10:59 am

    whats with you guys! there hasn’t been a new post in ages!

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