Jeffrey Simpson

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Jeffrey Carl Simpson, OC (born 17 Feb 1949 in New York City, New York), is an influential Canadian journalist. For the past 23 years he has been The Globe and Mail's national affairs columnist. He has won all three of Canada's leading literary prizes — the Governor General's Award for non-fiction book writing, the National Magazine Award for political writing, and the National Newspaper Award [1] for column writing. He has also won the Hyman Solomon Award [2] for excellence in public policy journalism. In January, 2000, he became an Officer of the Order of Canada.



Simpson was born in New York and moved to Canada when he was 10 years old. He was educated at the University of Toronto Schools. He graduated from Queen's University in 1971 in History and Political Science. While at Queen's he worked for the campus radio station CFRC. He won the University's Tricolour Award in his graduating year. He then went on to the London School of Economics. In 1972–1973, he worked as a Parliamentary Intern in Ottawa where he worked for Ed Broadbent. A year later, he joined The Globe and Mail newspaper.


His ongoing career with the Globe began at City Hall in Toronto and with coverage of Quebec politics. In 1977, he became a member of the paper's Ottawa bureau, and eighteen months later he was named The Globe and Mail's Ottawa bureau chief. From 1981–1983, Simpson served as The Globe and Mail's European correspondent based in London. Since January, 1984 he has written a critically-acclaimed daily column on national affairs.

He has written numerous magazine articles for such publications as Saturday Night, Report on Business Magazine, the Journal of Canadian Studies and Queen's Quarterly. He has spoken at dozens of major conferences in Canada and internationally on a variety of domestic and international issues.

Mr. Simpson is a frequent and enthusiastic participant in regular political debate on radio or television, in French and in English. He has been a guest lecturer at such universities as Oxford, Edinburgh, Harvard, Princeton, Brigham Young, Johns Hopkins, Maine, California plus more than a dozen universities in Canada.

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