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E. Preston Manning fonds. English
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Think big

Subseries consists of records and ephemera relating to Manning's book "Think Big" which he wrote after his retirement from politics including draft chapters and source material as well as the original manuscript.

Chapter 5

Files consist of source materials for Chapter 5, handwritten and typewritten notes, and comments on the draft chapter by various readers, readers' comments, and summary notes written for Manning on the Somalia Inquiry and includes: 002.07 Chapter 5 - Mr. Manning goes to Ottawa : background notes; 002.08 Chapter 5 - Mr. Manning goes to Ottawa : Liberal ethics.

Chapter 15

Files consist of source material for Chapter 15 such as letters to Manning marking his retirement and handwritten notes including: 011.06 Chapter 15 - The scout : background material; 011.07 Chapter 15 - The scout : House of Commons exit; 011.08 Chapter 15 - The scout : sample of retirement correspondence.

Retirement scrapbook

File consists of a scrapbook of correspondence and notes created for Manning's retirement as the representative of the federal constituency of Calgary Southwest in the Canadian House of Commons

Chapter 6

Files consist of source documents for Chapter 6, handwritten and typewritten notes, a rough outline of the chapter, and e-mail correspondence including: 003.01 Chapter 6 - Oui ou non : background notes including interviews with Trudeau/Cretien; 003.02 Chapter 6 - Oui ou non : EPM speeches - unity/secession.

Book miscellaneous

File consists of source materials for "Think Big" including correspondence, memos, speeches, the Reform Party's draft Code of Conduct (1990), Reform publicity, notes on federal political events (1997-2001), Manning's various political membership and business cards, and other related records. Also includes notes on the comparison between the original draft text of "Think Big" and the published text.

Chapter 14

Files consist of source materials for Chapter 14 and handwritten notes such as an outline for the chapter including: 011.01 Chapter 14 - Downward spiral : key incidents leading to loss of confidence in Stockwell Day; 011.02 Chapter 14 - Downward spiral: disintegration of Canadian Alliance caucus and creation of Democratic Representative Caucus; 011.03 Chapter 14 - Downward spiral : unity initiative - Canadian Alliance/Democratic Representative Caucus/Progressive Conservative; 011.04 Chapter 14 - Downward spiral : EPM unity correspondence/involvement; 011.05 Chapter 14 - Downward spiral : miscellaneous.

Chapter 3

Files consist of a draft copy of chapter 3, "The Charlottetown Accord Campaign: Democratic Constitution Making" edited by Sandra Manning, handwritten additional pages written by Sandra Manning, and source material for Chapter 3 including: 001.03 Chapter 3 - Know more : original draft; 001.04 Chapter 3 - Know more : PM speeches and campaign activities; 001.05 Chapter 3 - Know more : Reform campaign materials; 001.06 Chapter 3 - Know more : background notes including Trudeau interview; 001.07 Chapter 3 : background papers.

Chapter 4

Files consist of source material for Chapter 4, handwritten and typewritten notes, and a description of a nomination meeting apparently written by Monte Solberg -- the Reform MP for Medicine Hat including: 002.01 Chapter 4 - 1993 election : pre election speeches; 002.02 Chapter 4 - 1993 election : 0 in 3 campaign; 002.03 Chapter 4 - 1993 election : election planning; 002.04 Chapter 4 - 1993 election (revolution eh?) : election campaign; 002.05 Chapter 4 - Revolution eh? (1993 election) : campaign speeches; 002.06 Chapter 4 - Revolution eh? (1993 election): background notes.

Original "Think big" manuscript

Files consist of the original manuscript of "Think Big", which was edited down from 232,000 words to 155,000 words prior to being published. File 012.03 includes notes written by Preston Manning regarding which elements of the original manuscript were not included in the published book.

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