Shredding the Public Interest: Ralph Klein and 25 Years of One-Party Government by Kevin TaftShredding the Public Interest: Ralph Klein and 25 Years of One-Party Government by Kevin Taft

Shredding the Public Interest: Ralph Klein and 25 Years of One-Party Government

byKevin Taft

Paperback | February 1, 1997

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Alberta had the tightest controls on spending in Canada during the very period when the Klein government has claimed costs were soaring out of control. Now, public programs in Alberta-including health care-have become the most poorly supported in Canada. (6 weeks on the Financial Post national best-seller list!)
Kevin Taft never thought he'd be a politician. A public policy analyst and head of his own Edmonton-based consulting company, Kevin's life took a sharp turn when he returned to Alberta in 1994 after a year away studying for a business degree. "Alberta had changed," he recalls. "The government was gutting our health care system without...
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Title:Shredding the Public Interest: Ralph Klein and 25 Years of One-Party GovernmentFormat:PaperbackDimensions:134 pages, 7.35 × 4.5 × 0.32 inPublished:February 1, 1997Publisher:The university of Alberta Press

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Required Reading... This book should be required reading for EVERY Albertan. It carefully sketches how we have been systematically lied to by our government, and how the Klein Tories have consistenly and deliberately manufacutred consent (Chomsky's phrase) in order to heavily subsidize the energy sector. Before he wrote this book, Kevin Taft had worked for the Provincial government and had experience of this government's misdeeds first hand (Taft is now leader of the Liberal party in Alberta, the official opposition). His message for Albertans is truely frightening, especially when one considers how hard the Klein governemnt has tried to flat-out LIE to them. When you read this book (and you should), one can not go on believing the enormous amount of misleading facts and truths and garbage which is spewed forth from this reigning Tory government. King Ralph (the title of another book) has duped Albertans into believing that having the lowest quality of social services in the country is necessary, while his subsides to the business sector steadily increase. As Taft points out, this does not seem to be the actions of a govenment out of the business of business (a popular quote of this Tory government). The only response one can have after reading this book about the corruption in the Alberta Tory government is to act accordingly. I know I will.
Date published: 2005-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Required Reading... This book should be required reading for EVERY Albertan. It carefully sketches how we have been systematically lied to by our government, and how the Klein Tories have consistenly and deliberately manufacutred consent (Chomsky's phrase) in order to heavily subsidize the energy sector. Before he wrote this book, Kevin Taft had worked for the Provinial government and had experience of this government's misdeeds first hand (Taft is now leader of the Liberal party in Alberta, the official opposition). His message for Albertans is truely frightening, especially when one considers how hard the Klein governemnt has tried to flat-out LIE to them. When you read this book (and you should), one can not go on believing the enormous amount of misleading facts and truths and garbage which is spewed forth from this reigning Tory government. King Ralph (the title of another book) has duped Albertans into believing that having the lowest quality of social services is necessary, while his subsides to the business sector steadily increase. As Taft points out, this does not seem to be the actions of a govenment out of the business of business . The only response one can have after reading this book about the corruption in the Alberta Tory government is to act accordingly. I know I will.
Date published: 2005-04-25

From Our Editors

Are we victims of a politically induced amnesia? Have we been fed a reconstructed history, courtesy of our elected politicians? Kevin Taft thinks so - and he has chosen to make a case study of Albertans in Shredding the Public Interest. Taft shows that Ralph Klein and his government have managed to eliminate Alberta's deficit, but at the cost of basic services like health care. Meanwhile, the Klein government has spent more on subsidies to the private sector than any other Canadian province.

Editorial Reviews

"When the [Parkland] institute opened, it immediately raised the ire of the provincial government with the release of a book by Kevin Taft, now leader of Alberta's opposition Liberals, entitled Shredding the Public Interest." Richard Cairney, University of Alberta ExpressNews