May 29, 2007
Parliamentary past brought to life in The Centennial Series
Edmonton—Did you know that Lieutenant Governor Forget had a pet monkey and a French-speaking parrot? Were you aware that Heisler, Alberta is known as the “Premier’s Village” because every street is named after an Alberta Premier? How about that Speaker, Charles W. Fisher, died of the Spanish Influenza – a pandemic responsible for approximately as many deaths as the First World War?
These are just a few of the interesting stories that fill the 2,698 pages of the four-volume centennial series that will be unveiled in the Legislature Rotunda May 30 at 9:30 a.m.
“Each of these four books is filled with the history of Alberta’s Lieutenant Governors, Premiers, Speakers and election results from the past 100 plus years,” said Ken Kowalski, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. “I couldn’t be more proud of the staff who have worked so hard to capture and present our political past on paper.”
“Whether it is the triumphs of political victories or the tragedy of personal crisis, the stories in these books tell the tales of the men and women who held office during the Assembly’s first 100 years,” added Kowalski.
A number of the persons written about in the books will be in attendance at the unveiling and will be presented with a commemorative set of The Centennial Series.
On Behalf of The Crown, The Mantle of Leadership, A Higher Duty and A Century of Democracy were researched and written by the Legislature Library staff who began the project in 2001.