Robert Stanfield – Nova Scotia

The Premiers

Robert Stanfield – Nova Scotia

This ten-part series documents the lives and legacies of ten dynamic provincial leaders from British Columbia to Newfoundland and Labrador. Produced by award-winning journalist Holly Doan, the Premiers focuses on the premiers and provinces that shaped a nation.

Nicknamed “the professor” as a schoolboy, Robert Stanfield began his career as a 1946 organizer who revived the moribund Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative Party. He would go on to serve as premier under the Tory banner for 11 years before moving on to the federal scene where he came within two seats of winning election as prime minister against the charismatic Pierre Trudeau in 1972.

Featuring candid and lively interviews with Gerald Regan (former Nova Scotia premier), Ron MacDonald (former press aide), Joe Clark (former prime minister), and Max Stanfield (Mr. Stanfield’s son), the documentary chronicles Mr. Stanfield’s 20-year political career including a 1954 family tragedy that nearly ended his political path.


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Holly Doan

Holly is an award-winning journalist and Canada’s leading producer of political history documentaries for television. She joined CPAC in 2002 as a contributor to PrimeTime Politics and has produced Our Times, The Fifties, The Premiers, The Prime Ministers and The Rideau Canal. Holly also served as CTV China Bureau Chief, CTV Toronto correspondent, political affairs specialist for CTV in Ottawa and legislature reporter for CBC Alberta.