My review of Rich Vivone's new book about former Premier Ralph Klein, Ralph Could Have Been A Superstar is in this week's edition of SEE Magazine.
The release of Vivone's book is perfectly timed. As provincial surpluses have turned to deficits and we are seeing some of the repercussions of negligent governance, the former Premier has once again poked his head into the political world. In what some may suspect is a coordinated assault on the current leadership of the PC Party, Klein wrote in an email to the media this week that:
"I would advise he [Stelmach] step down if he doesn't reach 70%. [in the November PC leadership review]"Any Premier would have a hard time facing the internal party dissent that would come from a less than 70% approval rating, but this advice would be odd if it weren't coming from Klein. Traditionally, former Premier's step behind the scenes. You rarely heard a peep from Don Getty and only more recently Peter Lougheed has began to offer a kind of statesmanly advice to Albertans on the future of their natural resources.
After being unceremoniously dumped in a leadership review after 25 years in politics as Mayor of Calgary, Cabinet Minister, and Premier, I would imagine that it has probably been a difficult transition for Ralph Klein to no longer be the focus of the spotlight.
He could have been a superstar...