Speaking for Myself

Speaking for Myself

Hon. Duff Roblin


Politics and Other Pursuits


NOW IN PAPERBACK, this highly entertaining memoir is told with the wit, compassion, and attention to detail that distinguished Roblin in politics.

He reveals his formative years living in the shadow of his famous grandfather, Premier Rodmond P. Roblin, as well as his own distinguished political career, ranging from back bencher to premier to senator. He includes, of course, his most famous achievement, the building of “Duff’s Ditch,” the Red River Floodway, and also comments on many famous political figures he encountered along the way.

Speaking for Myself: Politics and Other Pursuits is must reading for all Canadians, from students of politics to historians to the general reader interested in a life richly lived and richly observed.

“A highly entertaining memoir.” —Winnipeg Sun

“An amiable and often refreshingly frank guide to politics in and out of Manitoba.” – Globe and Mail

“Roblin recounts his experiences with admirable equanimity … in this congenial and, finally, satisfying book.” —National Post

“The pace is brisk, the context is relevant and oftentimes the prose is elegant. But there is also considerable candour and a good deal of sage advice.”  —Winnipeg Free Press

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About the Author

Hon. Duff Roblin

The Hon. Duff Roblin was Premier of Manitoba from 1958 to 1967, and is responsible for the construction the Red River Floodway, known locally as “Duff’s Ditch,” which has repeatedly saved Winnipeg from flooding since its completion in 1968.