Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Defending the Indefensible

So, in the midst of the Spring Session of the Alberta Legislature, Premier Ralph Klein buggers off to the fishing resort in BC that he owns shares in.

Okay, I don't have a big problem with Ralph owning shares in a business - lots of people do, and given that it is in BC, it seems unlikely that any of Ralph's decisions and directions as Premier are likely to affect that operation materially.

However, this isn't the first time the Premier has absented himself from political proceedings:

- Last year's health summit involving the First Ministers of Canada - Ralph took off for another "personal trip" (Which was it this time Ralph - the casinos for a gambling and smoke fix, or was it fishing?)

- A couple of years ago, he was mysteriously absent for the bulk of the Fall Sitting of the Legislature.

Every time he pulls this, he claims that it was a "long planned" trip. Frankly, that's got to be the biggest bunch of horse manure this side of creation I've ever heard. Ralph, as Premier of this province, you have a duty to the citizens of Alberta. One of those duties involves actually being present in the Legislature. I realize that Albertans have been foolish enough to give you ridiculously large majorities and there is no real opposition, but that doesn't excuse your obvious disinterest in the political system. (Or are you trying to emulate the MIA-MLA from Calgary Montrose - Hung Pham?)

Apparently Alberta has the MIA-Premier.


Anonymous said...

But, perhaps you don't understand something. Klein doesn't answer to Albertans - he doesn't have to. The sheep will simply aggree and follow without question.

However, you do bring up a very good point. Aren't legislative sessions pre-planned? Isn't there a set schedule as to when the assembly sits?

Let's see... "The House is currently not sitting. The 1st Session of the 26th Legislature began on March 1, 2005 and adjourned on May 24, 2005." Ok. Ralph - you are good to go fishing. Next year, make sure that you plan for a start date of March 7th and an end date of May 30th for your vacation, just to be on the safe side.

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