One of Canada’s most acclaimed political journalists, John Ibbitson makes sense of government at home, south of the border, and around the world. The bestselling author of Stephen Harper: A Biography, and the co-author of the bestseller, The Big Shift, Ibbitson puts his finger on the pulse of national and international politics, and what the implications are for your business and industry.
In a career spanning three decades, Ibbitson has worked as a reporter and columnist for The Ottawa Citizen, Southam News, The National Post and The Globe and Mail, where he has served as the paper’s Queen’s Park Bureau Chief, the Washington Bureau Chief and the Ottawa Bureau Chief, becoming Chief Political Writer in 2012 and a Writer-at-Large in 2015.
Along the way, he wrote Promised Land: Inside the Mike Harris Revolution; Loyal No More: Ontario’s Struggle for a Separate Destiny; The Polite Revolution: Perfecting the Canadian Dream; and Open and Shut: Why America has Barack Obama and Canada has Stephen Harper. He also penned his most well-known titles, Stephen Harper: A Biography, which won the 2015 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, and The Big Shift (with Darrell Bricker).
Ibbitson is also a writer of plays and of novels, including The Landing, which won the 2008 Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature, and 1812, which was also nominated for that award.
- CANADA / USA Relations
Will the Trump presidency worsen divisions that exist, while creating new ones with America’s allies, including its staunchest ally: Canada? What is the power of the emerging white working underclass, who must no longer be ignored in the rush to globalization? How can Canada preserve shared national values of tolerance and diversity in the face of change? Ibbitson explores these concepts and more in his engaging talks on Canada / US relations.
- The Big Shift: The Battle between Old Canada and New Canada
Canada, once one of the world’s most consensual countries, is polarizing; with the west versus the east, suburban versus urban, immigrants versus old school, coffee drinkers versus consumers of energy drinks. The winners—in politics, in business, in life—will figure out where the people are and go there too.