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Allan Blakeney on the Defeat & Retirement
Business

Allan Blakeney on the Defeat & Retirement

CHAPTER TWENTY: Defeat In the early 1980s, the budgets were balanced, unemployment rate was low, and the province’s international credit was excellent. While Woodrow Lloyd believed that “government was the most effective method of implementing the will of the people” the NDP had a high-service administration that was very complex. […]

Allan Blakeney & the Constitution
Politics

Allan Blakeney & the Constitution

Alan Blakeney & the Constitution Amending the BNA Act was a pain for Canada. Repatriation, however, would open the door to new questions about the legal structures that define confederation. The 1980 Referendum pushed Trudeau into a corner. Blakeney remained on the sidelines when Trudeau unilaterally presented amendments to British […]

Allan Blakeney & The New Politics
Politics

Allan Blakeney & The New Politics

The New Politics Blakeney was a maverick, The Arab of Potash and indefatigable. Blakeney didn’t believe in Made-in-Canada (Ottawa) oil prices. The Tories were emerging once again with business donations. Blakeney was on vacation in 1978 when Trudeau declared he would wait until 1979 for an election. The polls were […]

Allan Blakeney Uranium in Saskatchewan
Politics

Allan Blakeney Uranium in Saskatchewan

Uranium in Saskatchewan The CCF had a longstanding social cleavage of supporters against nuclear-proliferation. Uranium was discovered in Saskatchewan’s north in 1935. Uranium went bust once the US stockpile was exceeding in 1959. It was largely military demand but Blakeney didn’t see Saskatchewan as participating in nuclear war; rather he […]

Allan Blakeney on the New Deal ’71
Politics

Allan Blakeney on the New Deal ’71

New Deal ‘71 Ross Thatcher called an election for June 23rd, 1971. Thatcher was a grandiose, bombastic public speaker fighting against “little Allan in wonderland”. Blakeney was not TV friendly so the NDP played up the team strategy. Allan conferred with teachers, trade unionists and native leaders who were alienated […]