Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Ralph Stumbles in Debate

Premier Ralph Klein went in to the debate with an insurmountable lead but last night we saw the first cracks in his armor. Mr. Klein's opponents hammered him for the duration of the 90 minute debate on the Premier's secret health-care plan.

Mr. Klein's secret health-care plan has drawn extreme criticism over the last year. The plan even drew fire during the federal election when then Liberal-Leader Paul Martin suggested Klein's plan (rumoured to include privitization) would mirror the federal Conservative plan. In fact, some individuals blame Ralph Klein for costing Stephen Harper the election. Mr. Klein also walked away from the table during the Health Care Summit in September. He stated the province would take whatever was offered but was not interested in the conference.

NDP leader Brian Mason, largely viewed to have won the 90 minute debate, repeatedly hammered Premier Klein, suggesting that the Conservatives secret health plan was to privatize the system. Mr. Mason constantly had the Premier on the defensive:

"I've heard this accusation so many times. I can tell you we do not - do not - have a secret privatization plan," he said.
Liberal leader Kevin Taft took a different approach, criticizing the Conservatives for refusing to divulge their health plan until after the election.

"That's a betrayal of democracy. That's really unfortunate. He is asking voters to vote with blinders on and it's not fair and it's not good for democracy."
Even with the fireworks about health care, it was far from the only contentious issue. Ralph Klein came out swinging, promoting his gay-hating agenda as well. The Premier repeated his assertation that gays and lesbians are an anathema and pledged to use every resource available to the government in order to prevent homosexuals from receiving the same rights available to all other citizens of Alberta.

Premier klein has refused to put forth any plans for the future, instead running on his record and the historical dominance of the Conservative Party. Taft and Mason pressured him throughout the debate to put forth a plan of any sort. They criticized Mr. Klein for his failure to put forth a plan for education spending, high auto insurance and municipal funding.

This election has turned into an American style election. The right wing religious incumbents refuse to put forth any concrete plans, instead relying on historical precedent and charisma to carry the day. Their opponents, on the other hand, put forth solid plans put are ignored because they don't share the "values" of the voters. Ralph Klein is rapidly becoming the shame of our nation, betraying the core values of our society with his hate-filled agenda.

14 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is your problem with Ralph Klein? At least once a week you bash him viciously.

11:12 AM  
Blogger Gracchi said...

I make my complaints about Klein very clear. I do not "bash" him, I criticize him in the same manner I do every other party. Klein's government just seems to do more worthy of criticism.

11:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You give the Liberals an easy ride and I've yet to see you give the NDP any crap at all.

11:27 AM  
Blogger Marina974 said...

It's hard to criticize the NDP because they're not in the news. The NDP is a party in decline. The Liberals have taken a good beating on this blog over the Sponsorship program.

12:58 PM  
Blogger Hobbesian said...

While I agree that Gracchi is making an effort to be non-partisan, a bit of his prejudice is coming through. At times he is obviously liberal.

2:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess that's my point. He's making an effort to be non-partisan but it's not working the best. Maybe he should just try a little harder to criticize the Feds or understand why Alberta likes Klein so much.

4:45 PM  
Blogger Nylon said...

He goes after them all equally enough. Have you considered that it is your prejudice showing through and not his?

1:00 PM  
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