Although Alberta is known for its renowned cowboys and oilmen, a province-wide survey that asked respondents to select their heroes resulted in Albertans to choose political leaders ahead of hockey stars, entertainers or even parents. According to the poll conducted by Insights West, former premiers Ralph Klein and Peter Lougheed were both runaway leaders when Albertans were inquired about who, associated with their province, did they admire the most.
The survey conducted in mid-July included a sample of 627 Albertans. It found Klein as the clear winner, since the former Calgary mayor and premier scored 30 per cent to become the most admired person. Lougheed started the Progressive Conservative political dynasty in 1971 and established the Heritage Fund and governed until 1985. He became the second choice with 23 per cent. Meanwhile, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Lois Hole, Alberta’s 15th lieutenant-governor, author and philanthropist, tied for third spot at four per cent each.