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, November 20, 2004

Klein Appoints New Finance Minister 

Calgary - November 19, 2004 - RW Newswire:

With two days left before the election, a confident Premier Klein announced that General Augusto Pinochet would replace the out-going Pat Nelson as Alberta's new Finance Minister. "We need some toughness in this portfolio, and Augie's about as tough as they get. I can tell you one thing, those AISH characters won't be messing with this guy" the Premier ventured.

Pinochet, a long time hero of the Premier, has appeared in several of his writings; the most recent being a term paper for Athabasca University.

When it was pointed out that a Minister of the Crown were supposed to be an elected MLA, Klein challanged our reporter. "Get real. Do you really think that a person of General Pinochet's stature would go through a real election? After November 22nd I'm just going to point him at one of the liberal seats; that's IF they win any seats; and tell him to go take it. I really hope it's Taft's. Taft may mouth off to me in the legislature but I can tell you he won't be mouthing off to The General when he comes a calling. He has very "special treatment" for lefties if you know what I mean.

Liberal Leader Kevin Taft was unavailable for comment.

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