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.
Reader Praise for Ralph vs. Rachel
A. T. Yoshida: 5.0 out of 5 stars: A solid primer on Alberta’s dilemma
“This is the story of Alberta’s rise, fall, and hopefully a precursor to its rise again after the pestilence known as the NDP are soundly thrashed in 2019. The book details how Ralph Klein helped lead the province back from a crisis not unlike that which it faces today - soaring deficits, overspending, and resource revenue declines and how Rachel Notley’s folly has taken Alberta to the edge of ruin.”
J. A. Kunzler: 5.0 out of 5 stars: Very good political arguments made here for political moderation
“Mark Milke, formerly of "Barbarians in the Garden City" struck gold here. Refraining from inflammatory rhetoric, Mark stuck to statistics and historical facts to back up his assertions overly interventionist governance leads to bad outcomes. Now if only others - especially in U.S. Politics - could write like him!”
Kai Nome on Linked In: “I just finished reading your latest book ‘Ralph vs. Rachel’. I have never been much of a reader but I couldn't put the book down! A great read I would recommend to anyone interested in the facts! The results of the two premiers speak for themselves and "Ralph vs. Rachel" does a great job of illustrating this!”
“If you know a voter under 30 whom you think is misguided but open to rational arguments, you’d be doing them a favour by buying them a copy of Mark Milke’s book. He’s a gifted public policy analyst and over the years has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of the best critics of how Canadian governments of all stripes over the past half century or more have generally failed to harness the enormous economic and human potential of a great country. Ralph vs. Rachel is a timely and well-researched reminder of how successful the Klein government’s policies were, how his Conservative successors failed to stay the course, and how in four short years Rachel Notley and her NDP government plunged Alberta back into a dreadful fiscal hole.” - Paul Stanway, C2C Journal
Ralph vs. Rachel is now in stores but discounted copies are available. Prices include shipping. Click one of the quantity options below to order.