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Keep True: A Life in Politics

Howard Pawley, "Keep True"

On May 3, 2011, the Department of Political Science hosted the book launch of Keep True: A Life in Politics by Howard Pawley, Associate Professor Emeritus Political Science. The book outlines the life of Professor Howard Pawley during the nineteen years he served the province of Manitoba in various capacities, including his term as provincial Premier from 1981 to 1988. In Keep True, he describes the early political battle to bring public automobile insurance to Manitoba. Professor Pawley also illustrates the many other political battles that would follow: human rights and marriage law reform; the explosive French Language debate that would have national consequences; The CF 18 fighter jet controversy; and the doomed negotiations of the Meech Lake Accord. He details what went wrong and what went right, offering insight into current national debates and political trends. Pawley’s political career, and especially his success in becoming Premier in 1981, can be traced back to his effective organizational efforts from 1979 to 1981, and the defeat of the Sterling Lyon Conservative government, which only four years earlier had recorded the highest popular vote in the province’s history. The defeat would cause it to be Manitoba’s only one-term government in the province’s history.

Howard Pawley book launchIn the book, Professor Pawley writes positively about his subsequent career with the Department of Political Science at the University of Windsor and describes his joy in teaching students. The Windsor book launch was a great success, with over 135 in attendance, with several dozen attendees taking the book home with them. Besides Professor Pawley, University of Windsor President Alan Wildeman, former head of Windsor's Department of Political Science Dr. Bob Krause, and former President of the Windsor District Labour Council Gary Parent spoke about their association with the author.  Dr. Tom Najem, current head of the Political Science Department, acted as the evening's MC. The turnout represented all segments of the Windsor community, and several former students and guests traveled from Toronto and Toledo and all points in between to be in attendance.

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