CALGARY, AB (November 13, 2012): Wildrose Official Opposition Leader Danielle Smith released the following statement congratulating former Premier Ralph Klein on receiving the Order of Canada in Calgary today: “Premier Klein’s induction into the Order of Canada is a long overdue honour for one of the best provincial leaders in Canadian history.
“As the driving force behind creating the Alberta Advantage, Premier Klein shaped our province into a global leader in fiscal responsibility and forward-thinking budgeting. His premiership will always be remembered for paying off our provincial debt, eliminating the budget deficit and putting money in the bank for future generations. The prosperity we enjoy today is due in large part to Premier Klein’s efforts. “Premier Klein’s accomplishments coupled with his warmth, common-sense approach, and innate ability to connect with people make him one of the most iconic leaders we’ve ever had. On behalf the Wildrose Official Opposition, I offer my most heartfelt congratulations to Premier Klein, his wife Colleen, and their family on this well-deserved recognition.”