Alberta lost another former premier this past year. In March, Ralph Klein passed away after suffering with dementia, pulmonary disease and pneumonia. While his ailing health kept him out of the public eye during his last years, Klein was one of the most colourful premiers in the province’s history, known for his ability to connect with average Albertans, whom he called the “Marthas and Henrys.” But he was also one of the most controversial leaders; he eliminated the provincial deficit, some argue on the backs of the province’s least fortunate, and butted heads with Ottawa numerous times. Klein is a nine-time alumnus of the 50 Most Influential list, and undoubtedly left his mark on the province.
Ralph Klein: Enduring Influence 2013
Takeaway: Ralph Klein is the influential former premier of Alberta.