Catherine Callbeck's life story hitting book shelves

Jim Day jday@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on November 16, 2012
Catherine Callbeck

The intriguing personal, political and volunteer life of Catherine Callbeck is captured in a new comprehensive biography.

Island historian and political scientist Wayne MacKinnon, in his book called The Politics of Principle, details Callbeck’s career from her first public involvement as a volunteer in her local community, through her groundbreaking election as Canada’s first elected female premier and subsequent service in the Senate of Canada.

While Callbeck’s public persona over the past 35 years is very well known, the book examines her early life and discusses the family and community influences which instilled the values which she carried throughout her political career.

MacKinnon also takes a close look at the time period spanning the years that Callbeck served as an MLA, provincial cabinet minister, Member of Parliament, premier and senator.

“These were years of great change and adjustment in the province and the country and Callbeck was a leader in that change,’’ notes a release for JHB Publishing.

“The book will provide readers with great insight, not only into the career of this trailblazing politician, but also will be a valuable resource for students of Prince Edward Island politics.’’

The book is currently available at Bookmark in Charlottetown and should be on the shelves next week at Indigo and Coles.

The book will officially be launched Nov. 24 in Central Bedeque at the William Callbeck Centre at 2:30 p.m. and at The Guild in Charlottetown on Nov. 25 at 2:30 p.m.