A refreshingly honest memoir about politics and private life
Few Canadians have served their nation as well and as widely as the Honourable Darcy McKeough. He was elected Member of Provincial Parliament for ChathamKent, Ontario, five times between 1963 and 1977. In 1967 he was mockingly dubbed the Duke of Kent by an opposition MPP, a title he has worn as a badge of honour ever since. As Treasurer of Ontario, Minister of Municipal Affairs, and Minister of Energy during his time in office, McKeough fought to achieve budget surpluses long before it was fashionable, created regional governments that brought more efficient services to citizens, and attempted to tame Ontario Hydro.
In The Duke of Kent, McKeough takes readers behind the scenes and into the Cabinet rooms of government, putting on full display the thrust and parry of legislative sittings where he almost always gave better than he got. He brings to life the political and constitutional issues of the day as led, litigated, and legislated by an array of provincial and federal politicians, including Charles MacNaughton, John Robarts, William Davis, John Diefenbaker, Robert Stanfield, Lester B. Pearson, Pierre Trudeau, Joe Clark, Brian Mulroney, Jean Chrétien, Jacques Parizeau, and Peter Lougheed.
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About the Author
Darcy McKeough was a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for over a decade. He lives in Chatham, Ontario.
Rod McQueen has written more than a dozen books, including Who Killed Confederation Life?, winner of the National Business Book Award, and The Eatons, winner of the Canadian Authors Association prize for history. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney, P.C., C.C., LL.D., served as the 18th prime minister of Canada. He lives in Westmount, Quebec.
Table of Contents
A Brief Family Tree ix
1 In the Beginning 1
2 Cock of the Walk 11
3 Loyalty and Luck 21
4 Running for Office 31
5 The Love of My Life 41
6 Third Time Lucky 52
7 Reforms and Regrets 62
8 The Best Laid Plans 72
9 Kingmaker 83
10 New World Order 94
11 Working with Bureaucrats 104
12 Honour Upheld 115
13 Back in the Saddle 126
14 The Energy Imperative 137
15 A Minority View 148
16 Balancing the Budget 158
17 The End of Days 169
18 The Constitution and Other Reforms 180
19 Behind Boardroom Doors 191
20 Hostile Takeover 202
21 The Sugar House 213
22 A Life Well Lived 224
Appendix: Extract from a Speech by the Hon. W. 235
Darcy McKeough to the Government Relations Club at the School of Business Administration, University of Western Ontario, March 5,1985
Author's Note on Personal References 241
Index of names 246