Monday, June 12, 2006

Throwing The Book At Him

This is hilarious and might wipe out the entire ALP debt at once:

Edmonton -- An infamous piece of Alberta's political history is being put on the auction block.
The Alberta Liberal Party has announced plans to sell on eBay the copy of their health-policy booklet that Progressive Conservative Premier Ralph Klein hurled at a 17-year-old legislative page earlier this year.

The 63-year-old Premier later apologized for the outburst, which garnered national attention


  • Is this even legal? If so, it shouldn't be. What's to stop a party from auctioning off a paper clip that's bought for a million bucks by a wealthy supporter in a blatent attempt to circumvent donation laws.

    By Blogger Robert McClelland, at 12:56 p.m.  

  • What's to stop a certain party from promising to block unionization if elected so that unions will donate to them?

    By Blogger Hishighness, at 1:07 p.m.  

  • There aren't limits on donations in Alberta for provincial parties.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 1:30 p.m.  

  • The annual contribution limit is $15,000 in Alberta.

    By Blogger Calicos, at 2:48 p.m.  

  • I stand corrected. So long as the book doesn't fetch over 15 grand, then I presume it's a perfectly legitimate way to raise funds.

    By Blogger calgarygrit, at 4:10 p.m.  

  • I think this is awesome.

    I never understood how someone with a drinking problem who hurls things at homeless could still be a sitting Premier.

    We make fun of American politicians but Ralph Klein takes the cake to me! Can't wait til he's gone!

    By Blogger Forward Looking Canadian, at 5:25 p.m.  

  • I must say, I think it's a marvelous idea on the ALP's part, and I don't think it should be illegal at all. I suppose I understand Robert's point, though.

    By Blogger Lois, at 7:41 p.m.  

  • Well at least the ALP found an honest way to raise cash... much better then the Volpway.

    By Blogger Dwayne, at 11:14 p.m.  

  • Wait, Dwayne - let's see who breaks their piggybank to buy the book first before cheering.

    Riley - fyi, imho (wow, how many acronyms can I fit into one sentence), Ralph was a better premier as a drunk than, say, Dalton on his best day.

    To throw stones at someone struggling with a problem is, um, kind of unkind & unCanadian, isn't it?

    By Blogger Candace, at 1:16 a.m.  

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