Oh what a clown King Ralph is. Having spent a decade denouncing Keynesianism, he ups and turns out to be one....
Ralph Klein found the biggest cow pie in the field this week and jumped right in -- with both feet.
The premier now says Edmonton and Calgary should put off building new roads and arenas because it's just too expensive in this overheated economy. Don't worry about all those new citizens who need libraries, more transit and fire halls.
"Delay the projects. Put them on hold until they're affordable," thundered Klein, who will retire shortly -- though it's not soon enough in our view.
The premier then proceeded to pass on a little helpful advice.
"The best time to build is during a recession or depression. That's when you get the best possible prices," he said.
Really? So why did Klein spend a decade doing exactly the opposite?
Because he is a neo-con who said Keynesianism was dead all that is important is to fight the debt and deficit. And of course toss in the privatizing of public services, which leads to private profit at public expense.
Alberta Liberals say Ralph Klein is being hypocritical for telling cities to delay projects with runaway costs when his own government is routinely approving massive cost increases on its own projects.
The Liberals produced documents showing more than 50 projects with cost overruns as high as 106% in the past two years - and that doesn't even include recent projects.
"Ralph is saying you have to get your costs under control," said Liberal MLA Maurice Tougas.
"Maybe he should practise what he preaches. We've found cost overruns by the truckload."Tougas said he was concerned millions of dollars in overruns are being quietly approved behind closed doors without any discussion in the legislature.
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