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Peter C. Newman

Legendary Journalist and Author

Newman built a name for himself as a pioneer in investigative journalism, and rose to the top of his field in a career that has spanned five decades.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Why the Crash and How We Can Assure Our Survival

Making Facts Dance: How to Write for Big Money

How to join the Canadian Establishment & Do You Still Want To?

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Panelist/In Conversation

  • We were delighted and entertained by his humour. The lengthy question period was very clear evidence that he had provoked the minds and interest of our people.

    - Great West Life
  • Your comments on the Canadian political scene and how it affects our economy were most informative....Your talk was well received by the audience, who, I am sure, enjoyed every moment.

    - Toronto Home Builders Association

Summary Profile

Provocative, controversial, blessed with manic energy and a puckish sense of humour, he is, of course, Peter C. Newman. In the ever-changing worlds of business and politics, there isn’t a topic or trend that escapes his watchful eye. Newman’s journalism career has spanned five decades, much of his time being devoted to Maclean’s magazine, where he evolved a debt-burdened monthly into Canada’s first thriving weekly news magazine. His 25 books have sold more than two million copies, including his 2004 memoirs, Here Be Dragons: Telling Tales of People, Passion and Power, and his explosive 2005 book, The Secret Mulroney Tapes. His 2008 best-selling biography of Izzy Asper and his feud with Conrad Black made history, including his challenge to a duel with the Lord.

Newman was a pioneer in investigative journalism whose influence has been recognized with seven honorary doctorates, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Journalism Foundation, an ACTRA for Best Television Program, CBC’s Wilderness Award for Best Television Documentary, the Michener Award for Journalism, a National Newspaper Award for Feature Writing, the Quill Award as Journalist of the Year, Book of the Year Award by the Canadian Authors Association, and a National Business Writing Achievement Award. He was also appointed an Officer in the Order of Canada, and more recently was promoted to a Companion, the Order’s top rank.

Newman’s anecdote-filled, yet hard-hitting speeches have earned him the title of Canada’s “most cussed and discussed” commentator on Canada’s political destiny and economic future. His trailblazing and monumental studies of power in Canada, through his high highly controversial half dozen books about “the Canadian Establishment”, have torn the cover off the golden circle who use and abuse power but whose decisions affect us all — particularly during these difficult days.