A proud son of Bella Coola’s Norwegian settlers, Lorne Greenaway grew up in the Okanagan in a time when kids left home after breakfast to face the day’s adventures (and misadventures) armed with only an uncomplicated faith in their own youthful immortality.
When Lorne won a pony in the Red River Cereal contest, a lifelong love of animals was born. After graduating from high school, Lorne chose to pursue a career in veterinary medicine at Guelph University, where his inclination toward practical jokes helped to temper the long and grueling studies of a veterinary student.
In this intimate memoir Lorne describes the humour, tragedies and triumphs of a large-animal veterinary practice on the cattle ranches of BC’s Interior. Not long after he had established a thriving practice, circumstances conspired to take Lorne on an eclectic journey from teaching veterinary medicine, to ranching, to exporting cattle and finally into politics. Lorne’s ten years as a member of Parliament and his subsequent time in provincial politics paint a fascinating and heartwarming picture of what one lone backbencher from the boonies can—and cannot—do.
Review of the author’s work by BC Studies:
From Horseback to the House of Commons
Lorne Greenaway: From Horseback to the House of Parliament by Kate Greenaway & Lorne Greenaway (Caitlin Press 2012) 978-1-894759-80-9