I have been searching for the right words to write to express what the Klein family and Alberta lost yesterday with the passing of Ralph Klein and almost a full day later I still can't come up with anything truly worthy of the man and his legacy. So instead I will link to some of the many wonderful articles written about the man who wanted only to be called Ralph and say thank you for all that he did for this province and say a big thank you to his wife Colleen and the Klein family for sharing him with us. You were one of a kind Ralph and you will be missed.
Gunter: We lost a great Albertan.
The Globe and Mail: Canadians remember Ralph Klein as tributes pour in.
Sun: Ralph Klein was one of us.
Corbella: Just call him Ralph, the peoples premier.
Thompson: Impossible not to like Ralph Klein.
Calgary Herald: We loved him.
Stockwell Day: Ralph Klein was genuine, kept his word.
Calgary Sun: Remembering Ralph
Colby Cosh: The deceptive shape of a shadow.
and a couple that pay tribute to the man and note just how far off track Alberta has gone since Ralph retired in 2006.
Flanagan: Deficit and debt fighters of today should learn from Ralph Klein.
Braid: Klein's debt fighting legacy at risk.
Rest in peace Ralph, Alberta missed you even before you were gone.