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article imageRemembering Alberta's King 'Ralph' in Calgary public memorial

By Karl Gotthardt     Apr 5, 2013 in Politics
Calgary - A celebration of life will be held at a memorial service at Jack Singer Concert Hall for former Alberta Premier Ralph Klein. Organized by the city of Calgary, there will not be much pomp and ceremony. King Ralph was mayor of Calgary for most of the 1980s.
According to CBC News, the celebration of life begins at noon MDT and will be open to the public on a first come first serve basis. Tickets will be distributed starting at 9 a.m. to people in line outside the concert hall.
There will be overflow seating available to those that will not fit into the hall and doors will be opened at 10:30 a.m., with people expected to be seated by 11:15 a.m.
The former Alberta Premier was a man of the people who spoke in plain language, died on Friday, March 29, at age 70. Operating on a shoestring budget he became mayor of Calgary, was re-elected three times, before becoming premier of Alberta for 14 years. King Ralph changed politics in Canada.
Prior to the memorial, a funeral procession will make two stops on the way to the concert hall, one at McDougall Centre, where a small presentation will be made on behalf of the Government of Alberta.
Albertans can also share their memories of the former premier on an online tribute page created by the province, and books of condolences have been set up at the McDougall Centre in Calgary and at the legislature in Edmonton, until April 12.
Prime Minister Harper, Alberta Premier Alison Redford and former Saskatchewan Premier Roy Romanov (NDP) are among the dignitaries that will attend the ceremony.
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