Malcolm Mayes, a political cartoonist for the Edmonton Journal, spent a large portion of his career documenting Ralph Klein’s tenure in provincial politics.

Mayes credits Klein’s relentless honesty and willingness to admit when he made a mistake for his popularity among Albertans.

CBC reporter Travis McEwan paid Mayes a visit to hear what made Klein so much larger than life.

"Ralph made my job more interesting — he was a character," said Mayes. "We’re going to miss him."