Former Alberta premier Peter Lougheed has emerged as one of the Top 10 nominees in the Calgary Herald’s contest to find Alberta’s Greatest Citizen of the last century. I am very pleased about this because Mr. Lougheed was kind enough to write a wonderful blurb for the cover of my new biography of former premier Ernest C. Manning. Of course, I would have been even more pleased if Manning, too, had been one of the Top 10 finalists picked by Herald readers. But there are three other former Alberta political figures in the running – the late Senator Patrick Burns, the late NDP leader Grant Notley, and the late Lieutenant-Governor Grant MacEwan – and that’s probably as many as one might have expected in a list that also includes country singer Paul Brandt, former hockey great Lanny McDonald, philanthropist Martha Cohen, the late suffragette Nellie McClung, homeless advocate Pat Nixon and the generic Alberta Soldier. (Ralph Klein, for those keeping score, did not make the Top 10 list either.) The winner will be announced in the Herald on October 16, two days after Canadians go to the polls to either renew the mandate of the current federal government or vote for a new one.Click here for reuse options!
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