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A Chosen Path

From Moccasin Flats to Parliament Hill


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A Chosen Path by Frank Oberle
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The day he was elected mayor of Chetwynd BC was a special one in Frank Oberle's life. As a youth he had made his way across the battle-scarred landscape of Germany, the bombs of Dresden still ringing in his ears. As a teen he had crossed the Atlantic in the bowels of a derelict freighter, finally reaching the refugee barracks at Halifax. With bleak prospects on the eastern seaboard, he made his way across Canada to find work in the remote Queen Charlotte Islands. And that was the beginning of a new life that eventually saw Oberle rise from self-educated immigrant to politician. The first volume of Frank's autobiography, Finding Home, recounts his youth and his journey to British Columbia. The second volume continues his remarkable story, tracing his path from mayor of Chetwynd to member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River. He was elected to the House of Commons in 1972 and re-elected for six consecutive terms. He was appointed to Cabinet in 1985 as Prime Minister Brian Mulroney's minister of state for science and technology, and four years later, as minister of forestry, his determination led him to confront the industry's clear-cutting practices and demand sustainable forest management. Now, more than a decade removed from that heady time and place, Frank Oberle combines reflection and the perspective of retirement to shed light on what is right and what is wrong in our political world.

Author Biography

Frank Oberle was born in Forchheim, Germany and survived the turmoil of Hitler's Germany and post-war chaos before immigrating to Canada in 1951. His career has ranged from logger, gold miner, and rancher to town mayor, before he served six consecutive terms as a member of Parliament. In 1985, Frank became Canada's first. German-born federal cabinet member when Prime Minister Brian Mulroney made him Minister of State for Science and Technology when the famed Canadarm was sent into space. He was also the last man ever appointed to a federal forestry portfolio, where he proved to be a man of vision, willing to confront the clear-cutters and to demand sustainable forest management He received the Canadian Forestry Achievement Award in 1992 and was a founding member of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. His second book, describing his rise from self-educated immigrant to politician, will be published in 2005, offering the candid comments and well-crafted insights of a non-conformist who refused to do it Ottawa's way.
Release date Australia
May 1st, 2005
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25 b/w photos
Heritage House Publishing Co Ltd
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