By Gerald Friesen
Some of the most turbulent sessions within the heritage of prairie agriculture is chronicled in a brand new publication in regards to the lifestyles and instances of Alexander ""Mac"" Runciman, the Saskatchewan farmer who led the United Grain Growers as president from 1961 to 1981. Mac Runciman earned the dignity and admiration on either side of the nice agriculture debates of the Nineteen Sixties and Nineteen Seventies from person farmers to Pierre Trudeau, who provided Runciman a cupboard submit in 1980 (Mac grew to become him down). Mac Runciman: A lifestyles within the Grain alternate tells the tale of ways Runciman rose throughout the ranks of the UGG to play a vital position within the fierce debates over the modernization of grain dealing with, backed freight charges, and the position of The Canadian Wheat Board. Runciman's memories provide new insights into the occasions and personalities of that serious interval in Canadian agricultural background, a time within which the agricultural neighborhood started to query hugely centralized and controlled advertising and transportation structures. The occasions and judgements of these years proceed to reverberate in ultra-modern controversies over grain advertising and grain transportation.