Ralph Goes out Kicking and Screaming
Ralph's exit speech and the way he answered questions was diplomatic and gracefull.
But the timing could be worse for his party. His exit speech was mere hours before Stephen Harper's first throne speech. Was he trying to steal the spotlight or wanted to go out quietly with little fanfare? (One theory for Klein's low support at the convention is the federal conservatives are still mad at Ralph for saying they couldn't win)
Also he's going to officially announce his resignation in September. Why not resign during the summer so the party can have a september convention and the new leader will lead a november fall session. Ralph's timing forced the leader to be elected right before Christmas and forces him/her to hold their first session in the spring.
So Alberta has a lame duck premier whose own party wants him to leave and in revenge he is forcing their new leader to start governing one year from now.
The PC party is divided over Ralph's future, they are about to go through a rocky leadership race (with one candidate that is not even sitting in their caucus), and no major decisions likely will be made in the next year. The opposition is licking their lips.