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John Ibbitson

Award-Winning Political Journalist & Writer at Large, The Globe and Mail

John Ibbitson is one of Canada’s top political commentators and writers, on the subjects of Canadian politics and on our relations with the United States.  He’s currently is Writer at Large for the Globe and Mail, having also served as chief political writer, political affairs columnist and bureau chief in Washington and Ottawa.

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada


Canada US 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.


Writer’s Trust of Canada | Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing

Governer General’s Award | English-Language Children’s Literature

Summary Profile

In a career spanning more than 25 years, Ibbitson worked as a reporter, columnist and Queen’s Park correspondent for Southam papers, before joining the Globe in 1999, where he served as Queen Park’s columnist, Washington bureau chief, Ottawa political affairs correspondent, and Washington columnist and commentator, before returning to Ottawa in 2009 as bureau chief. He assumed the role of Chief Political Writer in 2012 and now serves as Writer at Large.

Along the way Ibbitson published various works of political analysis: Promised Land: Inside the Mike Harris Revolution; Loyal No More: Ontario’s Struggle for a Separate DestinyThe Polite Revolution: Perfecting the Canadian Dream and Open and Shut: Why America has Barack Obama and Canada has Stephen Harper. John is also the co-author with Darrell Bricker of the #1 Bestseller, The Big Shift:  The Seismic Change in Canadian Politics, Business, and Culture and What It Means for Our Future, which perceived the growing interest in a conservative outlook across the country. His 2016 Stephen Harper: A Biography won the 2016 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize winning book for political writing.

He is also a writer of plays and of novels, including The Landing, which won the 2008 Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature.