Remembering Ralph Klein: Family, public and politicians pay tribute to ‘one of Canada’s great public servants’

Originally posted on National Post | News:

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It was a memorial marked with bagpipes and cowboy hats, smart honour guards and a formal procession advancing to the tune of Ian Tyson’s famous song, Four Strong Winds.

Former Alberta premier Ralph Klein’s public memorial — better considered a celebration of his life — was as funny and unpretentious as the man himself.

Former and current prime ministers, premiers and mayors from across the political spectrum attended his memorial on Friday. Rivals and fellow fiscal conservatives from the economic trench-battles of the ’90s eulogized the former leader, praising his irreverence, fiscal prudence and honesty.

He was King Ralph only in the sense of being a king-sized character. But in personality and demeanor he was really to us Citizen Ralph

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Alberta Premier Alison Redford were there, as were Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and former Ontario premiers…

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