Newspaper article The Canadian Press

John Ibbitson Wins Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Biography on Ex-PM Stephen Harper

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

John Ibbitson Wins Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Biography on Ex-PM Stephen Harper

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John Ibbitson wins Shaughnessy Cohen Prize

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OTTAWA - John Ibbitson has been awarded the 2016 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.

The Ottawa-based journalist won the $25,000 prize for "Stephen Harper" (Signal/McClelland & Stewart) a biography on the former Conservative prime minister.

The award was handed out at the annual Politics and the Pen Gala held at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier in Ottawa on Wednesday night.

The other finalists for this year's prize were each awarded $2,500.

They were:

-- Greg Donaghy for "Grit: The Life and Politics of Paul Martin Sr.'' (UBC Press)

-- Norman Hillmer for "O.D. Skelton: A Portrait of Canadian Ambition'' (University of Toronto Press)

-- Sheila Watt-Cloutier for "The Right to Be Cold: One Woman's Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic, and the Whole Planet'' (Allen Lane)

-- Andrew Nikiforuk for "Slick Water: Fracking and One Insider's Stand Against the World's Most Powerful Industry'' (Greystone Books)

Ibbitson's book was chosen by jurors Tim Cook, Canadian military historian; Robyn Doolittle, author and Globe and Mail journalist; and Antonia Maioni, McGill University professor and political commentator. …

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