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, March 31, 2004


An astute reader of Ralph's World spotted this insightful exchange in the legislature on March 29th. It may explain some of the strange fiscal policies put forth by our Tory government.

From Hansard March 29, 2004

Mr. MacDonald: Thank you, Mr. Speaker. My first question is again to the hon. Premier. Given that 1 in 5 children in the city of Edmonton grow up in poverty, when will this government cut its excessive travel and communications budget, take the $50 million in savings and reinvest it in those children?

Mr. Klein: Mr. Speaker, our Minister of Children’s Services is here. I don’t know if that figure, 1 in 5, is in fact true. Edmonton is approximately 1 million people, give or take. What he’s saying is that 200,000 children are living in poverty. That is absolutely astounding. That is unbelievable. I think that the hon. member doth exaggerate a lot, a tremendous amount. That is unbelievable in this day and age in this city in particular. I travel this city. I have never seen 200,000 impoverished kids. Never. Never. Never. That reminds me of a statement that was made by, well, an interim leader. I think there were about nine leaders of the Liberal Party across the way including the one we have right now. One of the Liberal leaders made this outrageous statement, and she was a respected . . . [interjection] No, no. She was well respected, but she talked about all of these people like every one was living in a dumpster. This hon. member is making the same kind of statement, a grossly, severely, inaccurately exaggerated statement. Relative to the real situation I’ll have the hon. minister respond.

Perhaps it's time Edmonton changed their motto from "City of Champions" to "City of Children"

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?