Kevin Taft is author of five books, including Oil’s Deep State, published by Lorimer in 2017. Taft served three terms in the Alberta legislature and was Leader of the Official Opposition from 2004 to 2008, through two general elections. He has a PhD in Business from University of Warwick and is a distinguished research fellow at the Parkland Institute and served as a visiting fellow at Western Sydney University in Australia. Taft grew up in Edmonton, where he and his wife Jeanette still live, faithfully cheering for the Eskimos and Oilers. He is no longer involved in party politics, and is a frequent public speaker.