Keep True: A Life in Politics

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Univ. of Manitoba Press, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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Howard Pawley, former Premier of Manitoba (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 government's greatest challenge was over French-language rights, an explosive two-year debate that left the province badly divided and embroiled in the complicated maneuvering between the national government and Quebec separatists. 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.
 

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Contents

My Early Years
3
Baptism by Fire
25
A New Role
56
Recipe for Success
74
Assuming the Reins of Governance and Power
107
Anatomy of a Political Nightmare
137
The Challenges Confronting Us
165
Manitoba on the Federal Scene
189
The Meech Lake Accord
207
My Life as a Politician
232
You Will Win
257
Notes
263
Index
271
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About the author (2011)

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.

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