Book details

Publication date: October 2015
Features: 22 B&W photographs, foreword, notes, bibliography, index
Keywords: Biography/Political Science/Alberta Politics
Subject(s): BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Political, Creative Writing, Creative Writing / Auto/biography & Memoir, Area Studies, Area Studies / Alberta, Biography/Political Science/Alberta Politics, HISTORY / Canada / Post-Confederation (1867-), HISTORY / Social History, History of the Americas, Biography/Political Science/Alberta Politics, Biography, Political Science, Alberta History
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press

Howard Leeson. Howard Leeson's biography of Grant Notley is based on his years of association with the NDP. He was Mr. Notley's first executive assistant in 1971. He is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Regina. He and his wife Ede live on a small farm just outside of Regina.

Rachel Notley.

"This book provides some excellent context for understanding the [NDP] party and the groundwork that has led to its success."

Alberta History

"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]

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

ix A Note on the Text
xi Foreword by Rachel notley
xv Preface to the First Edition
xvii Acknowledgements
xix Introduction to the Second Edition
xxxv Introduction to the First Edition
1 | A Prairie Child
2 | University Years
3 | The Early NDP
4 | Provincial Secretary
5 | The Leader
6 | The MLA for Spirit River-Fairview
7 | The Social Conscience of Alberta
8 | The Leader of the Official Opposition
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