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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, November 10, 2004

QUALITY QUOTE # 3 from 'ALBERTA POLITICS UNCOVERED" 

QUOTE # 3
p. 28 Mark Lisac writes: “Reducing government turned out essentially to mean reducing public debate. Public scrutiny was controlled too. Access to information laws had to contend with political monitoring of all requests. Some information was locked up; during a flap over travel spending in 2004 the government simply closed the formerly open access to travel logs of the province’s fleet of four aircraft (itself hardly a symbol of small government). Legislature sittings were tightened to become among the shortest in Canada. Question period began to yield insults rather than answers.......”

p. 70 “....... no one directly asked Alberta voters whether they wanted to push ahead with a new electricity market structure........ Control of public discourse spread into newspapers as well. The prevailing method of political journalism in the province drifted toward a deliberate strategy of getting along with the government in exchange for a steady diet of leaks that led to ‘exclusive stories’ - stories usually about inconsequential matters or full of inaccuracies.”

[I think Mark Lisac is courageously right. The only voice our present Premier hears is not that of the people. What he hears is the echo of his own sales and advertising department bouncing back off the walls of the market place.]

Blair McPherson

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