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Wednesday, February 25, 2004

Bedside Booze - A Smokescreen for the Chump

In the 1995 Klein/Big Mike Lobsinger/MultiCorp (now Zi Corp) scandal, Alberta's ethics excuser, Bob Clark, got Ralph Chump Klein off only by the skin of his teeth. Ever since, Klein has panicked at the whiff of public scandal. A week ago Alberta Liberals pried out of the machinery of Alberta's Freedom of Information Act the high-flying antics of the Chump and his entourage. Four days of using three SUVs in New York cost Alberta taxpayers $8,000. Taxpayers tipped hotel maids in a Mexican hotel $1,800. An executive lunch in London cost $1,400. Klein spent $750 for dinner at Caesar's Steak House in Calgary - Klein consumed no alcohol - he has "almost" quit drinking. In less than two years, Tory politicians and their sidekicks have taken 122 trips costing $1.1 million dollars. Immediately the news was out, Klein wheezed, "It's smokescreen time." Klein threatened to pull Alberta out of the Canada Health Act. The Friends of Medicare yelled and yelled loud. He cerebrated selling alcohol in hospitals. Every fun-hating puritan in the Province wreathed in righteous indignation. There was smoke aplenty, enough to obscure the poor old taxpayers' indignation over footing the bill for the Chump's version of the good life.

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