The University of Western Ontario

The University of Western Ontario

April 04, 2006 15:53 ET

Commentary on Ralph Klein

Attention: Assignment Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor LONDON, ON--(CCNMatthews - April 4, 2006) - The following contact at The University of Western Ontario is available for comment on Ralph Klein's notice of resignation.

Paul Barker, social science professor at Brescia University College at The University of Western Ontario, is a specialist on Canadian politics. He comments:

"Premier Klein has provided solid leadership for Alberta. He put the province's finances back in order and stood up for Alberta in tussles with the federal government. He had a love-hate relationship with social programs - especially Medicare - but in the end he was generous in ensuring that Albertans had access to necessary public services. Of course, Premier Klein distressed many with his careless and sometimes callous comments. However, there was never any doubt that he cared deeply about Alberta."

Commentary reflects the perspective and scholarly interests of Western faculty members and is not an articulation of official university policy on issues being addressed.
/For further information: please contact Christine Roulston at 519-661-2111, ext. 85165./ IN: POLITICS

Contact Information

  • Paul Barker, Professor, Social Science
    Primary Phone: 519-432-8353 ext. 28278
    Secondary Phone: 519-471-9420