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April 18, 2023

8 Must-Read Books About Saskatchewan Politics

8 Must-Read Books About Saskatchewan Politics

Welcome to The SKoop's ultimate must-read book list! Whether you're a political enthusiast or just looking to gain a deeper understanding of Saskatchewan's political landscape, we've got you covered. In this carefully curated list, we've compiled eight captivating books that provide insightful analysis, compelling stories, and historical context on Saskatchewan's politics.

From memoirs that offer personal accounts of political life to scholarly works that delve into the province's political history, each book on this list offers a unique perspective on Saskatchewan's political culture. Whether you're interested in the province's past or present, there's a book here that will satisfy your curiosity.

So, take a break from the news cycle and pick up one of these must-read books. We guarantee you'll come away with a deeper appreciation for the political forces shaping Saskatchewan's future. So, without further ado, let's dive into the list and discover the best reads on Saskatchewan politics!

"Peace, Progress, and Prosperity: A biography of Saskatchewan's first premier, T. Walter Scott" by Gordon Barnhart

"Peace, Progress, and Prosperity" by Gordon Barnhart is a biography of Saskatchewan's first premier, Walter Scott. The book provides a detailed account of Scott's life, from his early days as a farmer to his political career as a Liberal Party leader and premier of the province. Barnhart explores Scott's policies and their impact on Saskatchewan, including his efforts to modernize the province's infrastructure, develop its natural resources, and build a stronger economy. The book also explores Scott's mental health, an issue that was very uncommon and little-discussed at the time. This book is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the history of Saskatchewan and Saskatchewan politics.

"Rumours of Glory" by Dale Eisler

"Rumours of Glory" by Dale Eisler is a biography of Ross Thatcher, a prominent Saskatchewan politician and the province's 11th premier. The book provides a detailed account of Thatcher's life, from his early days as a lawyer to his political career as a member of the Saskatchewan Liberal Party and leader of the provincial government. Eisler explores Thatcher's policies and their impact on the province, including his efforts to modernize Saskatchewan's economy, improve its infrastructure, and expand its social programs. The book also delves into the personal life of Ross Thatcher, including his relationships and his struggle with alcoholism. This biography offers a fascinating insight into the life of one of Saskatchewan's most influential politicians and the legacy of the provincial Liberal government during the 1960s.

"Tommy Douglas: The Road to Jerusalem" by Thomas H. McLeod and Ian McLeod

"Tommy Douglas: The Road to Jerusalem" is a biographical work by Thomas H. McLeod that delves into the life of Tommy Douglas, one of Canada's most influential politicians and the founder of the country's universal healthcare system. The book explores Douglas's early life and upbringing, his political career, and his activism on social justice issues. The title "The Road to Jerusalem" is a reference to Douglas's trip to Israel in the 1960s, where he witnessed the country's universal healthcare system in action and was inspired to bring a similar system to Canada. McLeod also delves into Douglas's religious beliefs and their influence on his political and social activism. This book offers a comprehensive and engaging account of the life of Tommy Douglas and his contributions to Canadian politics and society.

"Promises to Keep: A Political Biography of Allan Blakeney" by Dennis Gruending

"Promises to Keep: A Political Biography of Allan Blakeney" by Dennis Gruending is an in-depth account of the life and political career of Allan Blakeney, who served as the Premier of Saskatchewan from 1971 to 1982. The book explores Blakeney's early life and education, his rise through the ranks of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF), and his tenure as premier. Gruending provides insight into Blakeney's leadership style, his approach to government, and his contributions to Saskatchewan's social programs, including medicare. The book also delves into Blakeney's relationship with the federal government, his role in the patriation of the Canadian Constitution, and his legacy in Saskatchewan and beyond. Through this biography, Gruending offers a comprehensive and engaging portrait of one of Saskatchewan's most influential political figures.

"Risk & Reward: The Birth and Meteoric Rise of the Saskatchewan Party" by Gail Krawetz

"Risk and Reward" by Gail Krawetz is a detailed account of the founding of the Saskatchewan Party, a political party that emerged in 1997 as a coalition of Progressive Conservatives and Liberals. The book traces the history of Saskatchewan politics, examining the roots of the Saskatchewan Party and the events that led to its formation. Krawetz also explores the party's early years, its key players, and its platform, as well as the challenges it faced in its efforts to gain power in the province. This book provides a fascinating insight into the dynamics of Saskatchewan politics and the emergence of the Saskatchewan Party as a major force in the province's political landscape.

"Minding the Public Purse" by Janice MacKinnon

From McGill-Queen's University Press: MacKinnon, Canada's first female finance minister, provides keen observations on how personalities and shared regional perspectives cut across party affiliations in the evolution of federal-provincial deliberations on managing the debt crisis. Although initially opposed to the radical cuts and downloading unilaterally imposed by the federal minister of Finance in his 1995 budget, she now argues that they were essential and analyses how they have irrevocably transformed the Canadian federation. MacKinnon provides a timely analysis of the implications of the fiscal crisis for the future of medicare and Canada's other social programs and shows why politicians must involve the Canadian public in an open and frank debate about the challenges and choices facing the nation.

"From Left to Right: Saskatchewan's Political and Economic Transformation" by Dale Eisler 

"From Left to Right: Saskatchewan's Political and Economic Transformation" by Dale Eisler is an analysis of Saskatchewan's political and economic landscape over the last century. The book examines the shift from a socialist economy under the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) to a more market-oriented economy under the Saskatchewan Party. Eisler explores the impact of this transformation on the province's social programs, natural resource development, and relationship with the federal government. He also provides insights into the key players, policies, and events that have shaped Saskatchewan's political and economic landscape. This book offers a valuable perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing Saskatchewan as it continues to evolve in the 21st century.

Bonus: "Saskatchewan: A New History" by Bill Waiser 

"Saskatchewan: A New History" by Bill Waiser is a comprehensive and engaging account of the province's history, from the time of the Indigenous peoples to the present day. The book covers a wide range of topics, including the fur trade, the arrival of European settlers, the growth of agriculture, and the rise of political and social movements. Waiser's writing is both informative and entertaining, making this book a must-read for anyone interested in the history of Saskatchewan.