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Elusive Destiny: The Political Vocation of John Napier Turner
by Paul Litt
"Going my way?" asked John Turner's campaign brochure in 1962, "my way is the Liberal way." It was, that is, until Pierre Trudeau came to power. Turner was his party's star apprentice in the Liberal art of managing a heterogeneous nation through brokerage politics, but in the 1968 election Canadians opted instead for a newly minted celebrity leader for a re-imagined nation ...more
ebook, 494 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by UBC Press
(first published January 1st 2011)
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Excellent biographical treatment of John Turner (though perhaps overly sympathetic to its subject). Litt's work is thoughtful though some of his interpretations seem questionable (clearly Trudeau had stayed too long by 1984 but when the last Anglo Liberal PM to win a majority was Mackenzie King, structural problems probably outweigh any political infighting in determining Turner's electoral weakness in the 1980s). Highly recommended for anyone interested in modern Canadian political history.