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Ralph Klein
RALPH PHILLIP KLEIN, OC AOE (November 1, 1942 – March 29, 2013) was a Canadian politician who served as the 12th Premier of Alberta and leader of the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta
Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta
from 1992 until his retirement in 2006. Klein's tenure as premier ended when the Alberta
Alberta
Progressive Conservatives' new leader, Ed Stelmach , assumed office December 14, 2006, exactly fourteen years after Klein first became Premier. His nickname was "King Ralph", a reference to his political longevity and his management style. Klein continued the PC dynasty, winning four consecutive majority governments
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Rocky Mountain House, Alberta
ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE is a town in west-central Alberta , Canada located approximately 77 km (48 mi) west of the City of Red Deer at the confluence of the Clearwater and North Saskatchewan Rivers , and at the crossroads of Highway 22 (Cowboy Trail) and Highway 11 (David Thompson Highway). The surrounding Clearwater County 's administration office is located in Rocky Mountain House. CONTENTS* 1 History * 1.1 Fur trade * 2 Geography * 2.1 Climate * 3 Demographics * 4 Economy * 5 Transportation * 6 Sports * 7 Government * 8 Twin town * 9 See also * 10 References * 11 External links HISTORY Rocky Mountain Fort in 1848 by Paul Kane Ruins of Rocky Mountain House in 1884 (photo by James Williams Tyrrell) The town has a long history dating to the 18th century with the presence of British and Canadian fur traders during the westward Canadian expansion
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Freighthopping
FREIGHTHOPPING or TRAIN HOPPING is the act of surreptitiously boarding and riding a railroad freight car . In the United States
United States
, this became a common means of transportation following the American Civil War as the railroads began pushing westward, especially among migrant workers who became known as "hobos ". It continued to be widely used by those unable to afford other transportation, especially during times of widespread economic dislocation such as the Great Depression . For a variety of reasons the practice is less common today, although a community of freight-train riders still exists. CONTENTS * 1 Technique * 2 Safety concerns * 3 Riding the rods * 4 Modern day hopping * 5 In popular culture * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 Further reading * 9 External links TECHNIQUE This article POSSIBLY CONTAINS ORIGINAL RESEARCH
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Great Depression
The GREAT DEPRESSION was a severe worldwide economic depression that took place during the 1930s. The timing of the Great Depression
Great Depression
varied across nations; in most countries it started in 1929 and lasted until 1941. It was the longest, deepest, and most widespread depression of the 20th century. In the 21st century, the Great Depression
Great Depression
is commonly used as an example of how far the world's economy can decline. The depression originated in the United States
United States
, after a major fall in stock prices that began around September 4, 1929, and became worldwide news with the stock market crash of October 29, 1929 (known as Black Tuesday ). Between 1929 and 1932, worldwide gross domestic product (GDP) fell by an estimated 15%. By comparison, worldwide GDP fell by less than 1% from 2008 to 2009 during the Great Recession
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Alberta Order Of Excellence
The ALBERTA ORDER OF EXCELLENCE is a civilian honour for merit in the Canadian province of Alberta
Alberta
. Instituted in 1979 when Lieutenant Governor Frank C. Lynch-Staunton granted Royal Assent
Royal Assent
to the Alberta Order of Excellence Act, the order is administered by the Governor-in-Council and is intended to honour current or former Alberta
Alberta
residents for conspicuous achievements in any field, being thus described as the highest honour amongst all others conferred by the Canadian Crown in right of Alberta
Alberta

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Order Of Canada
This audio file was created from a revision of the "Order of Canada" article dated 2012-01-21, and does not reflect subsequent edits to the article. (Audio help ) MORE SPOKEN ARTICLES The ORDER OF CANADA (French : Ordre du Canada) is a Canadian national order , admission into which is the second highest honour for merit in the system of orders, decorations, and medals of Canada
Canada
. It comes second only to membership in the Order of Merit
Order of Merit
, which is the personal gift of Canada\'s monarch
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Alma Mater
ALMA MATER ( Latin
Latin
: alma "nourishing/kind", mater "mother"; pl. almae matres) is an allegorical Latin
Latin
phrase for a university or college . In modern usage, it is a school or university which an individual has attended, or a song or hymn associated with a school . The phrase is variously translated as "nourishing mother", "nursing mother", or "fostering mother", suggesting that a school provides intellectual nourishment to its students. Fine arts will often depict educational institutions using a robed woman as a visual metaphor. Before its modern usage, Alma mater
Alma mater
was an honorific title for various Latin
Latin
mother goddesses , especially Ceres or Cybele , and later in Catholicism for the Virgin Mary
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Royal Canadian Air Force
Sic itur ad astra "Such is the pathway to the stars" Per ardua ad astra
Per ardua ad astra
"Through adversity to the stars" – (1924 to 1968) MARCH " RCAF March Past " ANNIVERSARIES Armed Forces Day (first Sunday of June) ENGAGEMENTS* Second World War
Second World War
* Battle of Britain * Battle of the Atlantic * Battle of the St. Lawrence
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Primary Reserve
Department of National Defence Canadian Forces
Canadian Forces
COMMANDERS CHIEF OF RESERVES AND CADETS Rear Admiral
Rear Admiral
Jennifer Bennett The PRIMARY RESERVE of the Canadian Armed Forces
Canadian Armed Forces
(French : PREMIèRE RéSERVE DES FORCES CANADIENNES) is the first and largest of the four sub-components of the Canadian Forces
Canadian Forces
reserves, followed by the Supplementary Reserve , the Canadian Rangers , and the Cadet Organizations Administration and Training Service (formerly the Cadet Instructors Cadre ). The reserve force is represented, though not commanded, at the national level by the Chief of Reserves and Cadets. This is usually a major general or Rear Admiral
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Professional Wrestling
PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING (often shortened to PRO WRESTLING or simply WRESTLING) is a form of performance art which combines athletics with theatrical performance . It takes the form of events, held by touring companies , which mimic a title match combat sport . The unique form of sport portrayed is fundamentally based on classical and "catch " wrestling, with modern additions of striking attacks , strength-based holds and throws and acrobatic maneuvers , much of these derive from the influence of various international martial arts . An additional aspect of combat with improvised weaponry is sometimes included to varying degrees. The matches have predetermined outcomes to heighten entertainment value and all combative maneuvers are executed with the full cooperation of those involved and carefully performed in specific manners intended to lessen the chance of actual injury. These facts were once kept highly secretive , but are now a widely accepted open secret
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RCAF
Sic itur ad astra "Such is the pathway to the stars" Per ardua ad astra
Per ardua ad astra
"Through adversity to the stars" – (1924 to 1968) MARCH " RCAF March Past " ANNIVERSARIES Armed Forces Day (first Sunday of June) ENGAGEMENTS* Second World War * Battle of Britain * Battle of the Atlantic * Battle of the St. Lawrence
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National Energy Program
The NATIONAL ENERGY PROGRAM (NEP) was an energy policy of the Government of Canada
Government of Canada
from 1980 to 1985. It was created under the Liberal government of Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau
Pierre Trudeau
by Minister of Energy Marc Lalonde in 1980, and administered by the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources
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Canadian Federal Election, 1988
Brian Mulroney
Brian Mulroney
Progressive Conservative PRIME MINISTER-DESIGNATE Brian Mulroney
Brian Mulroney
Progressive Conservative The CANADIAN FEDERAL ELECTION OF 1988 was held November 21, 1988, to elect members of the Canadian House of Commons
Canadian House of Commons
of the 34th Parliament of Canada
Canada
. It was an election largely fought on a single issue : the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Incumbent Prime Minister Brian Mulroney
Brian Mulroney
, leader of the Progressive Conservative Party , had signed the agreement. The Liberal Party , led by John Turner , was opposed to the agreement, as was the New Democratic Party led by Ed Broadbent . The Conservatives went into the election suffering from a number of scandals. Despite winning a large majority only four years before, they looked vulnerable at the outset
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Executive Council Of Alberta
The EXECUTIVE COUNCIL OF ALBERTA, or more commonly the CABINET OF ALBERTA, is the Province of Alberta
Alberta
's equivalent to the Cabinet of Canada
Canada
. The government of the province of Alberta
Alberta
is a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy with a unicameral legislature—the Legislative Assembly , which consists of 87 members elected first past the post (FPTP) from single-member constituencies. The premier is normally a member of the Legislative Assembly, and usually draws the members of Cabinet from among the members of the Legislative Assembly. The legislative powers in the province however, lie with the Legislative Assembly of Alberta
Alberta
. Its government resembles that of the other Canadian provinces . The capital of the province is Edmonton
Edmonton
, where the Alberta
Alberta
Legislative Building is located
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International Olympic Committee
Coordinates : 46°31′5″N 6°35′49″E / 46.51806°N 6.59694°E / 46.51806; 6.59694 International
International
Olympic Committee Comité International
International
Olympique MOTTO Citius, Altius, Fortius (
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Canadian Olympic Committee
The CANADIAN OLYMPIC COMMITTEE - COC (French : Comité olympique canadien - COC) is the private , non-profit organization that represents Canada
Canada
at the International Olympic Committee (IOC). It is also a member of the Pan American Sports Organization
Pan American Sports Organization
(PASO) . As the backbone of Canada’s Olympic movement, the COC works with National Sports Federations to prepare Team Canada
Canada
for the Olympic Games , Youth Olympic Games
Olympic Games
and Pan American Games . The COC also manages a variety of cultural and educational programs promoting Olympic values in Canada
Canada
and selects and supports Canadian cities in their bids to host Olympic Games
Olympic Games
and Pan American Games. The COC has offices in Toronto, Ontario
Ontario
and Montreal, Quebec
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