Remembering Peter Lougheed

Peter Lougheed and Mel Hurtig leaf through the new The Canadian Encyclopedia  which Hurtig’s company had just published on June 28, 1985. (Photograph by: Keith McNicol ,

When I arrived in Edmonton in 1980 to become the editor of The Canadian Encyclopedia I was only dimly aware of the presence of the man at the epicentre of both the oil boom and the fight with Ottawa. Having lived in Ottawa I had experienced the power that another man, Pierre Trudeau, had over the political landscape, but I soon learned that Peter Lougheed had equally put his stamp on the dramatic decade of the 1970s.

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