Politics and the Pen

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Hosted by the Honourable Tony Clement and Mr. Tom Power 
Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing

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The Fairmont Château Laurier Ballroom. Credit: Jake Wright 

A highlight of our capital’s social calendar, Politics and the Pen is a grand celebration of Canadian political and literary cultures. Held annually at the Fairmont Château Laurier, this unique fundraiser brings together national politicians, talented writers, prominent diplomats, and notable arts and business leaders—all in support of the Writers' Trust's mandate to advance, nurture, and celebrate Canadian writers and writing.

Politics and the Pen 2015 took place on March 11 and was hosted by the Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasurey Board of Canada, and Mr. Tom Power, musician and CBC broadcaster. As always, the climax of the evening was the presentation of the $25,000 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, named in honour of the spirited and inspiring parliamentarian and generously sponsored by Aimia. Congratulations to this year's winner, philosophy professor Joseph Heath for Enlightenment 2.0: Restoring Sanity to Our Politics, Our Economy, and Our Lives, and also to finalists Chantel Hébert with Jean Lapierre, Naomi Klein, John Ralston Saul, and Graham Steele. To learn more about this year's shortlist visit our prize page

The Writers' Trust of Canada extends enormous thanks to the 2015 Politics and the Pen co-chairs, Anne McGrath and Jill Scheer, and to committee members Jim Armour, Maureen Boyd, Alayne Crawford, Elizabeth Gray-Smith, Patrick Kennedy, Dan Mader, Pauline McKillop, Françoyse Picard, Elizabeth Roscoe, and Lisa Samson. 

For questions about Politics and the Pen, please contact:

Joe Goulart, Fund Development Manager
jgoulart@writerstrust.com or 416.504.8222 x. 243

2015 Event Sponsors

  • Aimia
  • Microsoft
  • Amazon.ca
  • Bell
  • Canadian Tire
  • Canadian Professional Accountants Canada
  • Kitimat LNG
  • Shaw
  • Bank of Montreal
  • CAPP
  • CBC 
  • CN
  • Enbridge
  • Genome Canada
  • Imperial
  • Lafarge
  • Morneau Shepell
  • Quebecor
  • RxD.png
  • Scotiabank
  • SNC Lavalin
  •  AstraZeneca
  • CBA
  • CWTA
  • CUCC
  • Crestview
  •  Earnsliffe
  •  Fleishman Hillard
  • Fotenn
  • Gowlings
  • Hill+Knowlton
  • Interac
  •  Doug Knight
  • MDA
  • NAC
  • RBC
  • Rogers
  • Strategy Corp
  •  TD
    2015 Guest Writers 
  • Nazanin Afshin-Jam
  • Sally Armstrong
  • Jonathan Bennett
  • Mark Bourrie
  • Catherine Brunelle
  • Roch Carrier
  • Nicole Casteran
  • Denise Chong
  • Andrew Cohen
  • Tim Cook
  • Michael Crummey
  • Susan Delacourt
  • Robyn Doolittle
  • Jean Mohsen Fahmy
  • Terry Fallis
  • Steven Galloway
  • Terry Glavin
  • Charlotte Gray
  • Taras Grescoe
  • Richard Gwyn
  • David Halton
  • Elizabeth Hay
  • Joseph Heath
  • Chantal Hebert
  • Gordon Henderson
  • Lawrence Hill
  • Frances Itani
  • Brad Lavigne
  • Alison Loat
  • L. Ian MacDonald
  • Michael MacMillan
  • Stephen Maher
  • Lee Maracle
  • Sandra Martin
  • Monia Mazigh
  • Don Newman
  • Craig Oliver
  • David O'Meara
  • Heather O'Neill
  • Steve Paikin
  • Bob Plamondon
  • Jacques Poitras
  • Waubgeshig Rice
  • Dan Rubinstein
  • Mark Sakamoto
  • John Ralston Saul
  • Adam Sol
  • Andrew Steinmetz
  • Paul Wells
  • Kathleen Winter
    2015 Guest Politicians 
  • Ms. Eve Adams
  • Hon./L’hon Chris Alexander
  • Ms. Stella Ambler
  • Hon./L’hon Rona Ambrose
  • Mr. Charlie Angus
  • Mr. Jay Aspin
  • Hon./L’hon John Baird
  • Ms. Joyce Bateman
  • Mr. Leon Benoit
  • Hon./L’hon Candice Bergen
  • Hon./L’hon Steven Blaney
  • Hon./L’hon Scott Brison
  • Mr. Gordon Brown
  • Mr. Patrick Brown
  • Hon./L’hon Claude Carignan
  • Mr. Andrew Cash
  • Hon./L’hon Tony Clement
  • Ms. Joan Crockatt
  • Hon./L’hon James S. Cowan
  • Mr. Nathan Cullen
  • Mr. Rodger Cuzner
  • Mr. Paul Dewar
  • Hon./L’hon John Duncan
  • Mr. Rick Dykstra
  • Hon./L’hon Kerry-Lynne Findlay
  • Hon./L’hon Gary Goodyear
  • Hon./L’hon Bal Gosal
  • Hon./L’hon Ed Holder
  • Hon./L’hon Janis Johnson
  • Hon./L’hon Jason Kenney
  • Hon./L’hon Peter Kent
  • Ms. Megan Leslie
  • Mr. Wladyslaw Lizon
  • Hon./L’hon Peter MacKay
  • Hon./L’hon Paul Massicotte
  • Ms. Elizabeth May
  • Mr. Larry Miller
  • Hon./L’hon James Moore
  • Ms. Joyce Murray
  • Ms. Peggy Nash
  • Hon./L’hon Pierre Claude Nolin
  • Hon./L’hon Kelvin Ogilvie
  • Hon./L’hon Erin O'Toole
  • Hon./L’hon Christian Paradis
  • Hon./L’hon Lisa Raitt
  • Hon./L’hon Geoff Regan
  • Mr. Andrew Saxton
  • Hon./L’hon Andrew Scheer
  • Mr. Peter Stoffer
  • Mr. Bernard Trottier
  • Hon./L’hon Bernard Valcourt
  • Mr. Adam Vaughan
  • Mr. Mike Wallace
  • Mr. John Williamson
  • Ms. Wai Young

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