Grant Notley

This book is a biography of my dad’s political life. However, it is also a primer for would-be politicians. Its most salient message? Political victory worth having rarely comes easy.
– Rachel Notley, from the Foreword

Grant Notley, leader of Alberta’s New Democratic Party from 1968 to 1984, stood out in Alberta politics. His goals, his personal integrity, his obvious dedication to social change, and his “practical idealism” made him the social conscience of Alberta. He bridged the old and the new; he provided the necessary hard work to ensure the continuation of a social democratic party in Alberta. Albertans felt intuitively that he represented a part of their collective being, and his untimely death in 1984 touched them deeply. Leeson’s new introduction recognizes Grant Notley’s significant contribution to the continuity and health of his party while acknowledging the important work of his daughter, Rachel Notley, who led the Alberta NDP to electoral victory in 2015. Readers of politics, biography, and social history will appreciate this new edition of an important book.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Front cover 1
Title page 4
Copyright 5
Dedication 6
Contents 8
A Note on the Text 10
Foreword | Rachel Notley 12
Preface to the First Edition 14
Acknowledgements 16
Introduction to the Second Edition 18
Introduction to the First Edition 34
1 A Prairie Child 42
2 University Years 56
3 The Early NDP 86
4 Provincial Secretary 122
Photographs 182
5 The Leader 210
6 The MLA for Spirit River-Fairview 248
7 The Social Conscience of Alberta 296
8 The Leader of the Official Opposition 326
Epilogue 354
Notes 358
Bibliography 364
Index 368
About the Author 393
Other Books from The University of Alberta Press 394