George Braden was the first NWT government leader to be called "premier" in the NWT. I got to know George when I was completing my project on territorial devolution in the Canadian north. At time, he was working for another former territorial Premier, Dennis Patterson, who is the Senator for Nunavut. I had interviewed George in Ottawa, I think, several years ago and was amazed at the vast amount of knowledge he had and how generous he was in sharing it.
Few provincial elections garner as much attention as the current campaign in Alberta, about to reach its conclusion when voters hit the polls tomorrow. Furthermore, Alberta elections tend to be a foregone conclusion, with the incumbent Progressive Conservatives assumed to return to power. This was true since 1971, and before then, the Social Credit solidly held on to power for a generation. If polls are to be believed, and there does appear to be a consensus, on Tuesday voters in Alberta are likely to make history.
"Springtime in Alberta" is one of my favourite Ian Tyson songs and it's proving to be somewhat prescient in light of the current election campaign.
Just like spring time in Alberta
Warm sunny days endless skies of blue
Then without a warning
Another winter storm comes raging through