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

Saturday, October 09, 2004

Gary Mar explains Charlebois contracts 

Today Alberta Health Minister Gary Mar, in an effort to dispel the perception that his good friend Kelly Charlebois had produced no "work product" for the $484,000 in fees he received from the ministry, invited reporters and Auditor General Fred Dunn to his office to prove that the Klein government always receives "value for money".

The Auditor General had questioned the value of the "oral advice" which Mr. Charlebois gave Minister Mar at a cost of nearly half a million dollars to the Alberta taxpayer.

Pointing to the colourful array of Post-it Notes covering most visible surfaces of his office, the Minister explained . . .

"Whenever Kelly said something, I wrote it down on a Post-It Note so I wouldn't forget it. What you see here before you is four years of Public Health policy in the making." Mr. Mar went on to say "There are over 500 Post-it Notes. That works out to well under $1000 for each thing Kelly said. I just don't think Albertans will question the value of that."

In spite of his explanation, Mr. Mar is still expected to accept his appointment as ambassador to Denmark which Premier Klein has urged upon him. Click here to see related story.

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