Preston Manning

(b. 1942)

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(b. 10 June 1942).

Canadian politicianBorn at Edmonton (Alberta), the son of the former leader of the Social Credit Party, Ernest C. Manning, Preston graduated from the University of Alberta and became a management consultant. In 1987 he was chosen to lead the Reform Party at its founding congress. He organized a brilliant election campaign in 1993, when he and 51 other party members were elected to the House of Commons. In 1997, 60 members were elected, and he became the official leader of the opposition. He worked hard to unite the conservative parties into a single movement that could prove an effective challenge to the Liberal Party, creating the Canadian Alliance in the process. His bid for the leadership of the new party was unsuccessful, however, and in 2002 he resigned his seat and retired from politics.

Subjects: History of the Americas — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

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