Don Martin is right and I don't often say that. I like Ralph Klein. He should have the Order of Canada.
Ralph Klein should receive Order of Canada before it's too late
6. January 2012 19:44 By Don Martin
Ralph Klein passes his days in a long-term care facility in Calgary surrounded by comfortable reminders of his colourful life.
The 69-year-old spends a lot of time in bed, barely speaking while struggling to penetrate the fog of dementia, which has displaced the sharpest political mind in the business. Ailing physically as well, he is not expected to ever return to his modest bungalow in southwest Calgary.
He deserves a better fate in life. And before his death, he should receive the national honour, which remains denied to this most worthy of candidates.
Twice a year they post the Order of Canada recipients. I always scan the list of first-class Canadians expecting to see the former broadcaster, Calgary mayor and Alberta premier prominently featured atop the news release.
The most recent batch came out last week. Another 66 names - and not one of them was Ralph Klein.
How can this be? Former premiers are regularly on the list. When I complained about the glaring oversight, one journalist quipped: "Would he know if he got it anyway?"