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Susan Delacourt is a senior political writer with the Toronto Star who has been covering Canada’s capital for more than two decades. She has previously published books on subjects such as the Charlottetown Accord, Shaughnessy Cohen, and Paul Martin. A regular commentator on CTV and CBC Television, Delacourt has been recognized for her political writing with the Charles Lynch Award from the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery and the Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism. She was a finalist for the John W. Dafoe Book Prize earlier this year. Delacourt lives in Ottawa.

Award History

2014 Finalist

Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction
for Shopping for Votes: How Politicians Choose Us and We Choose Them

Jury Citation

Shopping for Votes is a revelation of how political marketing works. With ace investigative research and insight, Susan Delacourt lays bare the history and machinations of the branding, niche market, intuition, and gut feeling approach to viewing voters as consumers. Her unfolding of this troubling evolution in Canadian politics is rendered in clear prose, and her judgments are based in reasoned argument. Shopping for Votes is a must for anyone concerned about informed consensus and a democratic national vision for Canada.” – 2014 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction Jury (Charles Foran, Priscila Uppal, and Merrily Weisbord)