A selection of some of the memorable things that have been
said on the campaign trail.
"And they were yipping about AISH payments. They didn't look
severely handicapped to me. I'll tell you that for sure. Both had
cigarettes dangling from their mouths, and cowboy hats."
- PC Leader Ralph Klein at a campaign rally
"The entire government is built around Ralph Klein. He's the
one who basically rubber stamps everything that happens. So the
problems that are here are his fault. If he's going to take credit
for what's good, he has to take the blame for what's wrong."
- Alberta Alliance Leader Randy Thorsteinson
on his party's "I blame Ralph" slogan
"You know, they say blame Ralph. Well, blame me. Blame me.
Blame me and my team for eliminating the deficit and paying off
the debt. Blame us for reorganizing health care and school boards."
"Are you proud of crumbling roads? Of overcrowded classrooms?
Of food banks opening in rural towns? Now ask the Tories if this
makes them proud. After all, they do seem pretty pleased with themselves.
Very pleased, in fact."
- Liberal LeaderTaft, playing on the Conservative
campaign slogan "Proud to be Albertan.
"People who believe that Mr. Klein is not the same guy he
was 10 years ago, that he's out of touch and become arrogant and
detached from the job, will be looking for an alternative that really
does speak for them. Ralph Klein has changed. People used to say
'he listens, he cares.' But today, he doesn't listen and he doesn't
care about Alberta families."
- NDP Leader Brian Mason launching his campaign
"Let's build an Alberta where optimism is high and taxes are
low. Let's build an Alberta that stands up to Ottawa to protect
its interests, but at the same time works hard for a strong and
united Canada, where Alberta is recognized as a province that plays
a major role."
- PC Leader Ralph Klein, launching the election
"I'm not too concerned now. I like, fundamentally, the proposal."
- PC Leader Ralph Klein responding to Ottawa's
equalization funding proposal a day after the campaign began
"Our coalition partners believe that post-secondary education
in Alberta is in difficulty. We are confronting a looming crisis
and there has been very little real debate about this impending
- Jeremy Mouat, history professor at Athabasca
"My vision for health care is to have the best health-care
system in Canada. How we achieve this is up to Albertans. My plan
is to ask the people. What you want me to say is, 'I favour private
health care.' Well, I don't know."
- PC Leader Ralph Klein, during the leaders
If after 11 years as premier of this province, Mr. Klein doesn't
know whether health care should be delivered privately or publicly,
it's too bad," he said.
- NDP Leader Brian Mason, during the leaders
"What really disappoints me about 33 years of Tory government
is that the Tories, in that time, have had $135 billion in petroleum
revenues go through the provincial treasury and it's virtually all
- Liberal Leader Kevin Taft, during the
"I guess, as a politician, I can say we're going to spend
billions and billions and billions of dollars here, there and everywhere
else. But you have to remember what happens when the price of oil
- PC Leader Ralph Klein, on not making promises
for post-secondary education
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