Politics and the Pen

The Fairmont Chateau 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 at Ottawa’s landmark hotel, 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 2014 took place on April 2 and was expertly hosted by Hon. Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, and Ms. Megan Leslie, Member of Parliament for Halifax and member of the Official Opposition. As always, the climax of the evening is 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 Bell Media. Maclean's political editor Paul Wells won this year's prize for
The Longer I'm Prime Minister: Stephen Harper and Canada, 2006 . Read his acceptance speech or learn more about the award and this year's shortlist on our prize page.

The Writers' Trust of Canada extends enormous thanks to the 2014 Politics and the Pen co-chairs, Elizabeth Gray-Smith and Anne McGrath, and to committee members Jim Armour, Maureen Boyd, Alayne Crawford, Patrick Kennedy, Dan Mader, Pauline McKillop, Françoyse Picard, Elizabeth Roscoe, and Jill Scheer. 

For questions about Politics and the Pen, please contact:
Joe Goulart, Fund Development Manager
jgoulart@writerstrust.com or 416.504.8222 x. 243

2014 Event Sponsors:

  • BellMedia
  • Microsoft
  • MTS Allstream
  • Apache
  • CAPP
  • Enbridge
  • Shaw
  • Bank of Montreal
  • RxD.png
  • CBC 
  • Canadian Professional Accountants Canada
  • GSK
  • MDA
  • Morneau Shepell
  • National Public Relations
  • Quebecor
  • Scotiabank
  •  Barrick
  • BMO
  • CBA
  • CWTA
  • CF Inustries
  • CUCC
  • Crestview
  •  Earnsliffe
  •  Fleishman-Hillard
  • Fotenn
  • Gowlings
  • Hill+Knowlton
  •  Hoffman-La-Roche
  •  Doug Knight
  • NAC
  • Passmore Group
  • RBC
  • Rogers
  • Strategy Corp
  •  TD
    Guest Writers
  • Nazanin Afshin-Jam
  • Charlie Angus
  • Sally Armstrong
  • John Boyko
  • Denise Chong
  • Rt. Hon. Joe Clark
  • Andrew Cohen
  • Tim Cook
  • Marcello Di Cintio
  • Robyn Doolittle
  • Hon. Norman Doyle
  • Terry Fallis
  • Jian Ghomeshi
  • Wayne Grady
  • Charlotte Gray
  • Rudyard Griffiths
  • Richard Gwyn
  • Michael Harris
  • Elizabeth Hay
  • John Ibbitson
  • Frances Itani
  • Sarah Jennings
  • Amanda Lang
  • Eugene Lang
  • Brad Lavigne
  • L. Ian MacDonald
  • Stephen Maher
  • Missy Marston
  • Lawrence Martin
  • Sandra Martin
  • Colin McAdam
  • Charles Montgomery
  • Don Newman
  • Grace O'Connell
  • Craig Oliver
  • James Orbinski
  • Michael Petrou
  • Bob Plamondon
  • Anna Porter
  • Andrew Potter
  • Iain Reid
  • Noah Richler
  • Lloyd Robertson
  • Elizabeth Ruth
  • Doug Saunders
  • Merilyn Simonds
  • Adam Sol
  • Andrew Steinmetz
  • Priscila Uppal
  • Paul Wells
    Guest Politicians
  • Hon./L’hon Chris Alexander
  • Stella Ambler
  • Hon./L’hon Maxime Bernier
  • James Bezan
  • Hon./L’hon Steven Blaney
  • Hon./L’hon Scott Brison
  • Ruth Ellen Brosseau
  • Patrick Brown
  • Gordon Brown
  • Senator/Sénateur Claude Carignan
  • Hon./L’hon Tony Clement
  • Hon./L’hon Irwin Cotler
  • Senator/Sénateur James Cowan
  • Nathan Cullen
  • Rodger Cuzner
  • Senator/Sénateur Dennis Dawson
  • Bob Dechert
  • Paul Dewar
  • Hon./L’hon John Duncan
  • Kirsty Duncan
  • Rick Dykstra
  • Senator/Sénatrice Linda Frum
  • Senator/Sénatrice Janis Johnson
  • Hon./L’hon Jason Kenney
  • Hon./L’hon Peter Kent
  • Senator/Sénateur Noël A. Kinsella
  • Hon./L’hon Kellie Leitch
  • Megan Leslie
  • Hon./L’hon Peter MacKay
  • Senator/Sénateur Paul Massicotte
  • Elizabeth May
  • Hon./L’hon James Moore
  • Joyce Murray
  • Peggy Nash
  • Hon./L’hon Joe Oliver
  • Erin O’Toole
  • Hon./L’hon Christian Paradis
  • Hon./L’hon Lisa Raitt
  • James Rajotte
  • Hon./L’hon Geoff Regan
  • Hon./L’hon Michelle Rempel
  • Andrew Saxton
  • Hon./L’hon Andrew Scheer
  • Senator/Sénateur David Smith
  • Peter Stoffer
  • Bernard Trottier
  • Hon./L’hon Peter Van Loan
  • John Williamson
  • Hon./L’hon Lynne Yelich

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