Next Up: The Manning Biography

Posted by on Apr 18, 2008 in Other Writings | 0 comments

The manuscript is with the publisher now. I start the revisions at the end of this month. This has been a huge project for me — the first full-length biography of the man who was premier of Alberta for twenty-five years. There have been three biographies of Ralph Klein, and none of Ernest C. Manning, the longest-serving premier. Go figure.

When Manning was first elected premier, in 1943, Alberta was much like Saskatchewan: a have-not province in which agriculture was the principal driver of the economy. Then came the discovery of oil in Leduc in 1947, and Alberta’s money worries were no more. Manning, a farm boy from Saskatchewan with little formal education, directed the transformation of the province from Depression-era poverty to modern, oil-based affluence. It’s quite the story. He was the Rocky Marciano of Canadian politics; the heavyweight champ who never lost a bout and retired undefeated. The book is scheduled for publication, by Fifth House, in October 2008.

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