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 02, 2005

Decisive Action to Cut Air Tory Costs 

Edmonton - March 3, 2005 - RW Newswire:

Responding decisively to a scathing report in yesterday's and today's Edmonton Journal Alberta Premier Ralph Klein and his Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation Lyle Oberg today announced new changes to how the government fleet of aircraft will be used.

Attired in spanking new "airline captain" whites both ministers appeared confident as they faced an assembled media crowd at the legislature.

"The public has a right to know that me and my ministers, and their wives, kids and friends are using my planes responsibility and at the lowest possible cost to the Alberta taxpayer" said Klein. "Effective June 1, all current pilots and stewardesses will be terminated and their duties will be taken over by the ministers and their wives themselves. They're smart people - there is no reason they can't learn to fly a plane and serve drinks. I got my pilot's license through a correspondence course at Athabasca University in just six weeks so how hard can it be?"

After an initial outlay of $2.7 million to train the ministers and their wives, the province is expected to save some $300,000 annually in wages paid to the current in-flight personnel.

Following the announcement, the Premier and his sidekick Lyle Oberg took reporters on a demonstration flight over the city. The flight was highlighted by a comical low-level strafing of the legislature annex which houses the opposition MLAs as well as a heart-stopping "near miss" (see photo above).

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