Rating: 4 out of 5
I find that Mr Rowe perfectly achieves what he sets out to do — this is a personal overview, including numerous anecdotes, which gives the reader a very good look into how the near-modern provincial-federal relations work, and this from the point of view of a very disadvantaged province.
People looking for a dry and factual account will probably be disappointed, however, as Mr Rowe particularly succeeds in the personal and humorous spheres. Similarly, one needs a sense of perspective as a similar book written from the federal perspective would be completely different — but that is the joy of a personal memoir and one cannot underestimate the importance of these works.
I would highly recommend this to anyone who would like to learn more about anything mentioned above or the workings of a provincial government — or indeed anyone wanting to see how ridiculous the politics of the day can be in any of the Western countries.