Former Alberta premier Ralph Klein is very ill

Former Alberta premier Ralph Klein in Edmonton on August 30, 2007. Six years after leaving public office, the man simply known as "Ralph" to most Albertans has been named an officer of the Order of Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Ulan
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Former Alberta premier Ralph Klein’s already fragile heath has taken a turn for the worse.

CTV Powerplay host Don Martin, who worked as a political columnist at the Calgary Herald for many years, tweeted Wednesday that Klein, 70, was receiving palliative care.

This follows a Calgary Herald report from Tuesday, which lists the premier as being “seriously ill.”

Rod Love, the former chief of staff to Klein, told the Herald: “He’s resting comfortably. I was up there this morning, I can’t go into any more detail than that,” Love said. “When there’s something to say or any updates, we’ll have something to say.”

Klein has been receiving long-term care at a senior’s centre since 2011, after he was diagnosed with a form of dementia and a lung disease.

Klein served as premier of Alberta for 14 years and was Calgary mayor before that. Klein received an Order of Canada in June, which his wife, Colleen, accepted in Calgary on his behalf.