03/29/2013 04:14 EDT | Updated 03/31/2013 01:44 EDT

Ralph Klein Quotes: A Look Back At His Most Memorable Lines

People either loved former Premier Ralph Klein or they hated him, but everyone agrees he could give a good quote.

He was bombastic, opinionated, and always known to speak his mind.. His ascension from journalist to mayor, and then Premier of Alberta, made him a notorious Calgarian.

When Klein received the Order of Canada in November 2012, Premier Allison Redford wrote that Klein, "...created an endearing and enduring relationship with Albertans, who affectionately refer to him as Ralph." Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith honoured Klein by saying, "Premier Klein shaped our province into a global leader in fiscal responsibility and forward-thinking budgeting."

Not only did Klein turn a budget deficit into a surplus - and cut a $400 cheque to every Albertan - but he was also the face, the name, and the voice of Alberta.

As we remember the life Klein, here are his most memorable quotes:

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