CALGARY – Premier Ralph Klein stunned a crowd at a Calgary charity roast in his honour Tuesday night when he told a joke focused on the romantic life of Liberal MP Belinda Stronach.

Reaction so far has ranged from distaste with one Calgary alderman at the event calling the premier’s remarks ”sexist” and the event’s satirist Bob Robertson saying he would never tell a joke as ”blatant” as Klein’s to those who say the comments were made in a comedic venue and it’s just Klein continuing the colourful political behaviour that has defined his career.

Most of the Calgary Homeless Foundation roast, which will be Klein’s last, featured jokes from former New Brunswick premier Frank McKenna and Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel. But late in the evening Klein said during his rebuttal speech: ”Now Belinda roasted me as a Conservative but of course now she’s a Liberal. And I wasn’t surprised she crossed over I don’t think she ever did have a Conservative bone in her body. Well, except for one.”

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