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Dale Eisler spent 25 years as a journalist before moving on to senior roles with the federal government, including consul general for Canada in Denver and assistant deputy minister at Natural Resources Canada. In 2013 he received the Joan Atkinson Federal Public Service Award of Excellence. Eisler is the author of three works of nonfiction and one novel, which is based on his family history and became the basis for a feature film. His book From Left to Right was shortlisted for the 2023 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. Eisler lives in Regina where he is an honourary lifetime policy fellow at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.

Award History

2023 Finalist

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
for From Left to Right: Saskatchewan’s Political and Economic Transformation

Jury Citation

“How did the birthplace of socialized medicine become a hotbed of commodity-fueled conservatism? In a world where major democracies are gripped by populist fevers, Dale Eisler explores the relevance and applicability of Prairie politics to the body politic in Canada. In a distinct Saskatchewan voice, he unpacks a history in which potash and petrol helped tilt traditionally progressive voters toward conservatism. Superbly researched, From Left to Right brings us to the intersection of forces that are fuelling populism on regional, national, and global stages.”

— 2023 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize Jury (Terri E. Givens, Nik Nanos, and Jacques Poitras)