MONTREAL, March 30, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - The former premier of Québec,
Mr. Jean Charest, wishes to extend his condolences to Mrs. Colleen
Klein, wife of former premier Ralph Klein, the Klein family and the
people of Alberta.
"We have lost a great premier of the province of Alberta and a Canadian
whose leadership had a profound impact on all of Canada," said Mr.
Charest in a statement. "The premiership of Ralph Klein marked the
beginning of decisive leadership in Alberta and all of Canada on the
issues of fiscal discipline, restraint and a return to balanced budgets
that would become the norm for every other government in Canada. Ralph
led the way by setting an example that became the benchmark for all the
other governments, which in turn became a hallmark in the world for
Canada. In the eyes of Canadians, Ralph was pure Alberta. He was
candid, original, a free thinker, entrepreneurial and like all
Albertans, a generous person. He worked hard, played hard and did not
pay much attention to political correctness. His salt-of-the-earth
nature, combined with his warmth, gave Mr. Klein the ability to connect
with all kinds of people, from many walks of life, immediately."
Mr. Charest stated, "Saying that Ralph will be deeply missed by many is
an understatement. He loved Alberta and he loved Canada. In return,
Albertans and Canadians loved Ralph. I am saddened to lose a good
Mr. Charest, former premier of Québec, is currently a partner at law
firm McCarthy Tétrault LLP.
SOURCE: McCarthy Tétrault
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