Grant Notley, second edition
The Social Conscience of Alberta, Second Edition
This book is a biography of my dad's political life. However, it is also a primer for would-be politicians. Its most salient message? Political victory worth having rarely comes easy.
– Rachel Notley, from the Foreword
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.
About the Authors
"The University of Alberta Press has printed a second edition of this 1992 biography now more arresting given recent events. Author Howard Leeson, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Regina, recalls the man who might have smashed a Prairie political machine a generation before his daughter did.... "Grant Notley" is an affectionate tribute to a quiet, decent workaholic who might have become Alberta's premier in 1986, and altered the whole course of his province and the Prairies." [Full article at https://www.blacklocks.ca/review-the-what-might-have-been]—Holly Doan, Blacklock's Reporter
"Leeson...provides a key insight into Grant Notley's time—the organization and electoral development of a new party.... The book's most compelling insight is...that effecting real change in politics—be it about reducing inequality, alleviating the suffering of the poor or diversifying the economy—requires getting elected to government.... Leeson effectively shows the considerable personal toll politics takes on an individual and their family."—Melanee Thomas, Alberta Views
"Especially commended to the attention of those with an interest in Canadian politics in general, and the political career of Grant Notley in particular..."—John Taylor, Reviewer's Bookwatch
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