Peter Leslie was a master teacher
Cameron MacKay, Artsci’92, of Toronto shares his fond memories of the Prof. Peter Leslie, who died November 18, 2010, after a battle with cancer.
Re: In Memoriam, Issue #4-2010, p. 12
Peter M. Leslie was hands-down the best professor I had during my four years at Queen’s. I learned more from him about Canadian economic policy than I did in all of my other undergraduate courses combined. He was so masterful at conducting seminars you didn’t want them to end. At that time he was a very busy man, very much in demand in Ottawa and Brussels, but what his students offered in vapor he always poured back upon them in flood. Occasionally he would even explore more complex concepts over a drink with his students.
After I graduated, Prof. Leslie wrote the kindest “lies” about me and my academic abilities to help me secure a seat in graduate school. To this day I refer often to a dog-eared copy of his 1987 book Federal State, National Economy (U of T Press) that, like its author, has always offered sound guidance.