The Darling Diaries


A stalwart Tory, Stan Darling was a Member of Parliament for twenty-one years. In The Darling Diaries, he looks back on his career in politics, the places he has been, and some of the people he has met — Libyan dictator Gaddafi, President Bush, and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

Never afraid of the press or anyone else foolish enough to quarrel with him, he strenuously advocated (and got) controls on the emissions which cause acid rain — for which he earned the nickname Mr. Acid Rain. He helped to get a free vote on the death penalty in Parliament. Whether in his native Burks Falls, Ontario, or abroad, Darling fought the good fight in many other causes.

The reader follows Darling abroad to both the ex-Yugoslavia and the ex-Soviet Union, as well as to Nigeria, the Middle East, and the People’s Republic of China.


The book hardly needs much promotion. During signings at local bookstores, copies have barely stayed on the shelves... Just the same, it's an enteraining and educational read.

Muskoka Advance

About the Authors

Beth Slaney

Posted by Dundurn Guest on October 30, 2014

Beth Slaney

Beth Slaney is president of her own public relations company and has represented Canadian and international companies. She is also a reporter for CHAY-FM in Barrie, and other local and Toronto media. Mrs. Slaney was also a television producer for the CBC, CHCH-TV and various cable companies, and an instructor in public relations at Humber College.

She now lives and works in Magnetawan, Ontario.