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Graham Steele was a member of the Nova Scotia legislature from 2001 to 2013. He was the Minister of Finance and Minister of Acadian Affairs (2009–2012), and Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism (2013) in the Darrell Dexter government. Before entering politics, Steele worked as a lawyer and was a Rhodes Scholar. He is now a Nova Scotia political analyst for CBC and lives in Halifax.


Graham Steele on What I Learned About Politics

Award History

2014 Finalist

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing
for What I Learned About Politics: Inside the Rise—and Collapse—of Nova Scotia’s NDP Government

Jury Citation

“Graham Steele has written a stark and refreshingly honest account of his time as a Member of Legislative Assembly and then as finance minister in Nova Scotia’s first NDP government. His book transcends partisan politics in the Maritimes and could be set in any political chamber in the country. Earnest and naïve at first, Steele quickly learned the ropes and didn’t like what he saw: “Politics is a low, dirty business,” he wrote. But his book is never that – What I Learned about Politics is surprisingly optimistic, highly entertaining, and prescriptive as to how politicians can do better.” – 2014 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize Jury (Denise Chong, Terry Galvin, Jane Taber)