A special offer from Mark Milke for Ralph vs. Rachel: A tale of two Alberta premiers.
A new book from Mark Milke with a foreword from Preston Manning.
Albertans elected two starkly unique premiers in the past 25 years. The first was Ralph Klein, a high-school dropout who, as premier, cut government spending, and taxes, and saw his popularity soar. Klein was a hard-drinking, reforming politician far more comfortable with blue-collar Albertans than bluebloods. He never lost an election and was known simply as “Ralph.”
Another premier, Rachel Notley, defied expectations and in 2015 broke up the 44-year Conservative government dynasty. Notley, presiding over Alberta’s first NDP government, soon wrenched the province in a radically new direction: with higher taxes, green- friendly policy, and activist government. The new premier entered office just as oil prices plunged, as did her chance at a balanced budget.
Praise for Ralph vs. Rachel
“Mark Milke takes readers on a journey over the last 30 years that creates such a stark contrast between the two Alberta premiers that it makes Ralph Klein’s accomplishments of the early 1990s look even more herculean with each passing year. After reading Ralph vs. Rachel, you may long for the days of balanced budgets, flat taxes, and, yes, even Ralph-bucks.”—Scott Hennig, Vice President, Canadian Taxpayers Federation
“While Mark paints on the Alberta canvas, the landscape for his ideas—and the cogent explanation of them—is universal. Mark Milke examines the ideas, slogans, and policies of many who call themselves progressives and deconstructs them to help us understand why good intentions are never good enough.” —Charles Adler, Host of Corus Entertainment’s Charles Adler Tonight
Ralph vs. Rachel is now in stores but discounted copies are available. Prices include GST and next-day shipping. Click one of the quantity options below to order.