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.

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John Slow
January 1, 2007

Sunday, March 13, 2005

Why the budget is delayed! 

John Clark
14815 – 123 Ave
Edmonton, AB T5L 2Y7
March 10, 2005

The Honourable Ralph Klein,
Room 307, Legislature Building
10800 - 97th Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta
T5K 2B6

Dear Premier:

I would like to know if you and Mr. Dinning talk? According to the ‘Journal he thinks you are too soft and recommends a harder right wing line for the Conservatives.

It would seem to me that your budget, such as it is, is going to be a social and economic disaster for Albertans in general. So much so, you blame your new university finance plans on a delay that will carry the presentation past the Queen’s visit! It is my thought you are simply trying to avoid the public outcry at such a public moment.

But, on the secondary education con you have going:

At 80% average required to get into University, half the people who enrolled and paid their $6000 or $8000 dollars to the university failed to enrol a second year. Of the many hundreds of students enrolling in engineering for example, less than 1% graduate in that discipline!

Short funding from the provincial government at every level forces the university into the position of a private business. The more kids they can get enrolled there, the more money they collect from parents and the less money will have to be funded by your government! Still another Ralph fix!

The university system in founded on the ability to fail students!

On the other hand, people going into NAIT OR SAIT can expect to graduate if they do their work. These institutions are presently accepting enrolment at 70% and graduating 98% of their students.

Dropping the entrance to 70% for university will only serve to increase the starting year’s classes and reduce the amount your government is expected to fund!

With oil companies talking of the oil sand’s hardship on one hand and picking their teeth with hundred dollar bills on the other because of the highest (300% increase reported) profits in history we are witnessing one of the largest public relations campaigns we have ever seen put on by the oil industry. The budget will show Albertans and the Queen just how badly we are being ripped off.

Where exactly do you see the advantage for young people entering secondary education under your proposed 70% entrance?

John Clark

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