Book details

Publication date: May 2017
Features: 33 B&W photographs, notes, bibliography, index
Keywords: Political Science / Memoir
Subject(s): POLITICAL SCIENCE / Commentary & Opinion, Political Science / Memoir, Political Science, Alberta History, Regional Interest, POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Canadian, HISTORY / Canada / Post-Confederation (1867-), Politics & government, Political Science / Memoir
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press

Darryl Raymaker. Darryl Raymaker was born, raised, and educated in Alberta and practiced law in Calgary for more than 50 years. His involvement in the federal Liberal Party began in 1963. He ran as a candidate four times and has served on the National Executive of the Liberal Party of Canada. He lives in Calgary.

"Trudeau’s Tango" is part memoir, part documentary of the geographic, cultural and political divisions that are a permanent fixture of Confederation. The fact we held it together remains a world-class achievement. Trudeau’s Tango makes compelling reading for any Canada 150 book club.... Trudeau’s Tango is a fresh and lively account of politics with sharp elbows." [Full review at]

Holly Doan, Blacklock's Reporter

"...Darryl Raymaker, has recently written an excellent book about Alberta and the Trudeaus, called Trudeau's Tango. In his compendious book, Raymaker reminds everyone that the Trudeau name has always been controversial in Alberta—but respected, too. The Trudeau name gave 'Alberta Liberals hope,' Raymaker writes. The father, then—like the son, now—'was a man for his time—new, youthful, superbly confident, tough and equally articulate in both official languages.' What made Pierre Trudeau appealing in Alberta in his era makes the son just as appealing in his." [Full post at]

Warren Kinsella, HuffPost

"After he sold his Calgary practice, Darryl Raymaker—lawyer, corporate director, political junkie, folk music aficionado and raconteur—embarked on a lifetime labour of love: a book about the wayward course of the Liberal Party in Alberta and its love-hate relationship with Pierre Elliott Trudeau during the prime minister's first mandate (1968 to 1972) 'Trudeau’s Tango' is the ably written result. [H]is book recalls a tumultuous political era with wry humour and a touch of anger."

Frank Dabbs, Alberta Views

# 4 on Edmonton Non-Fiction Bestsellers list, October 08, 2017

"[Raymaker's] book is a detailed chronology of the history and tangled political relationships of the Liberal Party at the national and provincial levels and its opponents in Alberta—the once dominant Social Credit Party and then the Progressive Conservatives—from December 1967 through November 1972. The account is filled with blow-by-blow descriptions of political events and encounters at the provincial level. It also features the rise of Pierre Trudeau, Canada’s charismatic prime minister, who was unable to permanently improve electoral outcomes for Liberals in Alberta (perhaps for lack of trying).... Summing Up: Recommended. General readers; upper-division undergraduates through professionals." [Full review at]

G.A. McBeath, CHOICE Magazine

I Here Comes Mr. Trudeau
1 The Great Race Begins
december 1967–march 1968
2 The Coming of the Just Society
march–april 1968
3 Trudeaumania Goes West
april–june 1968
4 The Battle for Edmonton Centre
april–june 1968
5 The Battle for Alberta
may–june 1968
6 Breakthrough
june 1968
7 The Honeymoon
june–december 1968
II Oil and Other Minefields
8 In Alberta, It’s About Oil, Stupid!
january–april 1969
9 Mr. Trudeau Lays an Egg
march–may 1969
10 Oil, Economic Nationalism, and Mean Joe Greene
april 1969–october 1970
11 Hustle Grain!
december 1968–october 1970
12 The Infernal White Paper
january 1969–october 1970
13 Fighting Inflation and the Cunning Posties
april 1969–september 1970
III The Arranged Marriage
14 The Evolution of the Mighty Social Credit
september 1968– september 1969
15 A Troublesome Relationship
january 1969–february 1970
16 The Making of a Senator
february–october 1970
IV Crisis
17 Western Alienation and the Rabble-rousers
december 1968–october 1970
18 The October Crisis
august–december 1970
V The Second Coming
19 The Splendours of OPEC and the Saga of Home Oil
october 1970–march 1971
20 The Rough Sport of Politics
july 1970–march 1971
21 Blissful Times and the Beginning of the End of Tax Reform
november 1970–july 1971
22 As Good as It Gets
july 1971
VI The Dawning of the Lougheed Era
23 Lougheed Comes to Power
february–september 1971
24 Tax Reform at Last
july–december 1971
25 Peter Lougheed Shows His Stuff
july 1971–march 1972
VII Stumbling toward the Brink
26 The Grits Falter
september 1971–may 1972
27 Chickens, Eggs, and Wheat Deals
january 1971–june 1972
28 Peter Lougheed Becomes a Star
december 1971–july 1972
29 The Eve of the Federal Election
april–august 1972
30 “The Land is Strong?”
september–october 1972
31 The Party’s Over
october–november 1972

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