Book Launch: Revival and Change

Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Hybrid event

Wednesday, November 30
7:00 PM CST / 5:00 PM PST

In-person at McNally Robinson, Saskatoon (Travel Alcove) and simultaneous YouTube stream with live chat.

Hosted by McNally Robinson Booksellers. Full event information.


Join John C. Courtney for the hybrid launch of his new book Revival and Change: The 1957 and 1958 Diefenbaker Elections (University of British Columbia Press).

The launch will be hosted live in the Travel Alcove of McNally Robinson Booksellers, Saskatoon and also available as a simultaneous YouTube stream with live chat. The video will be available for viewing thereafter. Before arriving, please review details of how to attend physical events here at the store.

Upsetting a decades-long Liberal majority, John Diefenbaker led the Progressive Conservatives to a narrow victory in 1957. In a second election barely nine months later his  effective use of the new medium - television - combined with his boisterous rallies, reduced the Liberals to a historic low, ousted the Cooperative Commonweath Federation’s leader, and eliminated the Social Credit Party altogether. It was a rout never before seen in Canadian history. Revival and Change is the story of those elections, the governments and oppositions they produced, and the era’s legacy in Canadian politics and society.

John C. Courtney is Professor Emeritus of Political Studies and Honorary Lifetime Policy Fellow of the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan. He began his teaching career at the University in 1965.

A former President of the Canadian Political Science Association and Editor of the Canadian Journal of Political Science, he is the author or editor of eleven books, thirteen monographs, and 84 refereed articles, chapters in books, and encyclopedia entries on Canadian and comparative elections, redistricting, leadership selection, representation, political parties, and electoral systems.

Professor Courtney has served as a consultant to the United Nations on electoral districting in Kenya, to the Canadian International Development Agency on voter registration in Bolivia, and to Mexico’s Election Commission on redistricting. In addition to serving on two federal electoral boundary readjustment commissions in Saskatchewan, he has advised the Chief Electoral Officers of British Columbia and Canada on boundary delimitation processes.

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