Trudeau’s Tango

Alberta Meets Pierre Elliott Trudeau, 1968–1972

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Trudeau’s Tango

Trudeau appeared to enjoy the encounter. He stood his ground while escaping projectiles, including a tomato…

In this insightful and lively history, Liberal insider Darryl Raymaker recalls the attempt to broker “a marriage from hell” between the federal Liberal Party and Alberta’s Social Credit government in the late 1960s. Raymaker uses his deep connections and backroom knowledge to trace the tangled political relationships that developed when charismatic statesman Pierre Trudeau confronted the forces of oil and agriculture in Canada’s west. Part memoir, part chronicle, Trudeau’s Tango provides a window into Canadian history, politics, economics and the zeitgeist of the late 1960s.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Front cover 1
Title page 4
Copyright page 5
Dedication 6
Contents 8
Acknowledgements 12
Foreword | Lloyd Axworthy 14
Preface 18
I Here Comes Mr. Trudeau 22
1 The Great Race Begins 24
2 The Coming of the Just Society 30
3 Trudeaumania Goes West 42
4 The Battle for Edmonton Centre 52
5 The Battle for Alberta 58
6 Breakthrough 66
7 The Honeymoon 76
II Oil and Other Minefields 84
8 In Alberta, It’s About Oil, Stupid! 86
9 Mr. Trudeau Lays an Egg 92
10 Oil, Economic Nationalism, and Mean Joe Greene 100
11 Hustle Grain! 112
12 The Infernal White Paper 122
13 Fighting Inflation and the Cunning Posties 132
III The Arranged Marriage 138
14 The Evolution of the Mighty Social Credit 140
15 A Troublesome Relationship 148
16 The Making of a Senator 160
IV Crisis 168
17 Western Alienation and the Rabble-rousers 170
18 The October Crisis 182
V The Second Coming 190
19 The Splendours of OPEC and the Saga of Home Oil 192
20 The Rough Sport of Politics 200
21 Blissful Times and the Beginning of the End of Tax Reform 208
22 As Good as it Gets 216
VI The Dawning of the Lougheed Era 224
23 Lougheed Comes to Power 226
24 Tax Reform at Last 236
25 Peter Lougheed Shows His Stuff 240
VII Stumbling toward the Brink 246
26 The Grits Falter 248
27 Chickens, Eggs, and Wheat Deals 256
28 Peter Lougheed Becomes a Star 262
29 The Eve of the Federal Election 268
30 “The Land is Strong?” 276
31 The Party’s Over 290
Epilogue 302
Notes 308
Bibliography 352
Index 358
About the Author 382
Campus Alberta Collection 385