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Information Sought for Documentary on Bracken Era

19 September 2007

‘The Premiers’ will be a political biography series for national television broadcast on the Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC). The series will profile ten premiers -- one from each province -- who made an impact on the Canadian experience. The choice for Manitoba is John Bracken (1883-1969).

Bracken, a farmer and Progressive, was born in a log cabin and became Manitoba’s longest serving premier. His tenure from 1922 to 1943 marked the sunset of rural Canada as a political power. Bracken was later drafted as national Leader of the Opposition in 1942 and rebranded the Conservative Party as the Progressive Conservatives. A mild-mannered compromiser, Bracken was outwitted by Mackenzie King in two federal elections.

The Cable Public Affairs Channel is searching for people who were witness to the Bracken era, particularly people who may have met Bracken or worked for the election of his party.

If you have any information on the Bracken era, or know someone who does, please contact:

Holly Doan
Producer, Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC)
Email: hdoan@cpac.ca
Telephone: 613-364-1114

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