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Keep True

A Life in Politics

Howard Pawley (author) Paul Moist (Foreword by)

ISBN: 9780887557248

Publication Date: Mar 2011

Format: Paperback

Howard Pawley, former Premier of Manitoba (1981-88), led the province during one of the most turbulent periods in its history. In Keep True: A Life in Politics, Pawley takes us into the inner workings of his government during this period. He gives us a vivid play-by-play of the events, acknowledging what went right and what went wrong, while putting it all into a contemporary context.
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Howard Pawley, former Premier of Manitoba, Canada (1981-88) led the province during one of the most turbulent periods in its history. Elected at the outset of a serious national recession, his government successfully implemented social democratic policies that ran counter to the neo-conservative trends that dominated the period, including job creation, labour reform, and human rights legislation. But his greatest challenge was over French-language rights, an explosive two-year debate that left the province badly divided and embroiled in the complicated manoeuvring between the national government and Quebec serparatists.

The political and public fallout from the French-language issue echoed through Manitoba's subsequent negotiations with the federal government over a bid for a lucrative CF-18 fighter jet contract, through the implementation of the Free Trade Agreement, and again during the stormy Meech Lake Accord debates.

In Keep True: A Life in Politics Pawley takes us into the inner workings of his government during this controversial period. He gives us a vivid play-by-play of the events, acknowledging what went right and what went wrong, while putting it all into a contemporary context. Along the way, he offers insight on campaign management, choosing a cabinet, appointing public servants, and leading by consensus, while describing how the principles of Canadian agrarian socialism shaped his political vision.
Pages 304
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 31 Mar 2011
Publisher University of Manitoba Press
Subject/s Politics & Government  
Following a successful law career, Howard Pawley served for nineteen years as a member of the Manitoba Legislature, and is currently an associate professor emeritus at the University of Windsor, Canada.

Paul Moist is the national president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees

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