Veteran Parliament Hill journalist Peter O’Neil’s I am a Metis: The Story of Gerry St. Germain, arrived in Ottawa bookstores this month. It describes the life of the son of a Métis trapper who became a fighter pilot, policeman, union leader, millionaire businessman, MP, cabinet minister, senator, and close confidant to a succession of Conservative leaders. In this condensed excerpt, Mr. O’Neil explains why in 1984 Brian Mulroney chose St. Germain, an unsophisticated chicken farmer unknown to most big-city Tories, as chairman of the largest caucus in Canadian history.
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