Grant Notley: The Social Conscience of Alberta, Second Edition

Grant Notley: The Social Conscience of Alberta, Second Edition


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Grant Notley: The Social Conscience of Alberta, Second Edition by Howard Leeson

Grant Notley, leader of Alberta’s New Democratic Party from 1968 to 1984, stood out in Alberta politics. His goals, his personal integrity, his obvious dedication to social change, and his "practical idealism" made him the social conscience of Alberta. He bridged the old and the new; he provided the necessary hard work to ensure the continuation of a social democratic party in Alberta. Albertans felt intuitively that he represented a part of their collective being, and his untimely death in 1984 touched them deeply. Leeson’s new introduction recognizes Grant Notley’s significant contribution to the continuity and health of his party while acknowledging the important work of his daughter, Rachel Notley, who led the Alberta NDP to electoral victory in 2015. Readers of politics, biography, and social history will appreciate this new edition of an important book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781772121254
Publisher: University of Alberta Press
Publication date: 01/01/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Howard Leeson's biography of Grant Notley is based on his years of association with the NDP. He was Mr. Notley's first executive assistant in the 1971. He is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Regina. He and his wife Ede live on a small farm just outside of Regina.

Table of Contents

A Note on the Text ix

Foreword Rachel Notlef xi

Preface to the First Edition xiii

Acknowledgements xv

Introduction to the Second Edition xvii

Introduction to the First Edition xxxiii

1 A Prairie Child 1

2 University Years 15

3 The Early NDP 45

4 Provincial Secretary 81

Photographs 141

5 The Leader 169

6 The MLA for Spirit River-Fair view 207

7 The Social Conscience of Alberta 255

8 The Leader of the Official Opposition 285

Epilogue 313

Notes 317

Bibliography 323

Index 327

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