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Peter C.

Peter C. Newman was born in Vienna, Austria, and emigrated to Canada from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia in 1940 as a Jewish refugee. He has been writing about Canadian politics and business for nearly half a century. His Renegade in Power: The Diefenbaker Years revolutionized Canadian political reporting with its controversial “insiders-tell-all” approach. His autobiography, Here Be Dragons: Telling Tales of People, Passion and Politics, won the Writers’ Trust of Canada’s Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize in 2004. A former editor-in-chief of the Toronto Star and Maclean’s, Newman has been recognized with seven honourary doctorates, a National Newspaper Award, election to the News Hall of Fame, and has earned the informal title of Canada’s “most cussed and discussed” commentator.

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