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

Thursday, June 09, 2005

No Plans to help Failing Alberta Manufacturers 

John Clark
14815 - 123 Ave.,
Edmonton, AB T5L 2Y7
June 9, 2005.

Honorable Ralph Klein,
Room 307
Legislative Building,
Edmonton, AB T4K 2C6

On April 13th I wrote the quote captioned below. You responded in the media you would have a plan in a month’s time. I had predicted to respondents that I did not think you were capable of a plan let alone a new one!

As I travel around this province I am told by failing industries that their warehouses are full of product and no market to sell into. Full warehouses and diminished account base is expensive and strangling the all but non existent business base that does not directly serve the oil industry!

A second response of sorts came when the call was put out by your Government is 14 million dollars enough to attract new industry?

You have compounded one screw up onto another and the worst is still to come. Within six months this province will be unrecognizable except for the oil and your close circle of friends.

I hold a well informed view the only way new industry will come to this province is dependent on the Conservatives resigning the Government and turn it over to a fresh group with new ideas. Only then will industry know the fix in Alberta is not working against them.

When the container artificial operation tanked the rates out of Alberta, many trucking companies closed their doors many more just ignored Alberta leaving the low priced US freight sit instead, going to Saskatchewan, BC and MB for their loads into the US.

Market parameters for Alberta Companies shrunk and continue to shrink; many companies will fail!

Add to this the higher prices of power paid by Albertans and you have the mix for recession in every part of the economy except the oil patch.

Ralph's oil or nothing policy is coming home to roost. Years of mismanagement is taking its toll. This is a provincial government misadventure; not a transportation industry problem!

The recent closure of Sunland Biscuits (400 jobs lost) in Edmonton is only the tip of the iceberg. Higher electrical costs were a contributor but the market place wanted to do away with trans-fats in their product. This means re printing the packages. They were beat in the market place by .60 a case!

The conservatives can subsidize oil and gas with railroads free gas and free power lines but they could find no way to save the only bakery west of Ontario!


I’m told you are the biggest fan of “Welcome to Ralph’s World”. We are pleased to be able to assist.

John Clark.

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