Ralph Klein has gone and it is time to retire Ralph's World. Thanks to all of you who have supported this venture by contributing material and through your comments. It has been fun.

Should we get another blog underway? Let me know your thoughts by e-mailing me at johnnyslow@gmail.com.

John Slow
January 1, 2007

Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Duct Tape Needed 0n Ralph's Lips.  

National Post Report - Ralph's quote. "This was in northern Alberta, and the farmer was a -- I think he was a Louisiana fish-farmer -- who knew nothing about cattle ranching. And I guess any self-respecting rancher would have shot, shovelled and shut up, but he didn't do that. Instead he took it to an abattoir and it was discovered after testing in both Winnipeg and the U.K. that this cow, this older cow, had mad cow disease."

I promised myself I would stop criticizing Klein on his handling of the BSE crisis in Alberta but his last utterances are insane. He thinks when he speaks that his audience is Alberta voters who are universally sympathetic to the plight of the Cattle Ranchers here in Alberta. He forgets (even though his interview is with a US radio network) that others are listening. People like US and Japanese public health officials. They might think Hmmm. He says any self-respecting rancher would have just buried the sick animal and shut up about it. I wonder if these Albertans are hiding something else? Can we trust them? Maybe we better go very slowly here? Going slow on getting exports flowing again is not what this industry need.

Various officials (Ben Thorlakson, chairman of the Canada Beef Export Federation, Rod Scarlett, executive director of Wild Rose Agriculture Producers) have said that Ralph is just frustrated. Cindy McCreath, a spokeswoman for the Canadian Cattlemen's Association couldn't bring herself to comment. They are in a tough position. They have to stay in Ralph's good books because their members need a sympathetic government ear when it comes to financial compensation. Yet they must wince whenever they see him approaching a microphone.

This is a time for Rod Love or Peter Elzinga or whoever it is who has any influence on this man to ask him nicely not to help out with the BSE issue anymore. Our livestock industry can't afford it.

CBC reporting of this story has a link to the audio interview at (CBC Report)

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