John Bracken – Manitoba

The Premiers

John Bracken – Manitoba

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.

John Bracken was a five-term premier who said he had “no sense of party politics” and could not even make a speech. Recognized as one of Canada’s leading agricultural scientists, Mr. Bracken was chosen to lead the United Farmers after the new party swept to power in Manitoba in 1922. He would be the only Canadian premier to win majority governments during the Depression years. Mr. Bracken’s strength as a coalition builder caught the eye of the national Conservative Party which drafted him as leader in 1942.

Featuring rarely-seen archival footage and lively interviews with Duff Roblin (former Manitoba premier), Jack Granatstein (noted Canadian historian), and Ruth Bracken (Mr. Bracken’s daughter-in-law), the documentary explores the former premier’s legacy and impact on both his province and Canada.


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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.