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John Ibbitson

Area of Expertise

Canadian politics, federal-provincial relations, American politics, global demographic trends
John Ibbitson's career as a journalist spans more than three decades, two of them at the Globe and Mail, which he joined in 1999. He has served as the paper’s Queen’s Park bureau chief, Washington bureau chief and Ottawa bureau chief, becoming Chief Political Writer in 2012 and Writer at Large in 2015. He writes columns and features that focus on Canadian and American politics and global demographic trends. He is also the author of more than a dozen books, including The Landing (winner of the Governor General's Award for children't literature), The Big Shift (with Darrell Bricker) and Stephen Harper (winner of the 2015 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for political writing). In February 2019, McClelland & Stewart in Canada, Crown in the United States, and Little, Brown in the United Kingdom will publish Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline, co-authored with Darrell Bricker. Empty Planet is also being translated into Chinese, Spanish, Japanese and Korean. His work has been nominated for the National Newspaper Award, the Donner Prize, the B.C. National Book Award, the Trillium Book Award and the City of Toronto Book Award, among others.

Years in Journalism


Years at The Globe and Mail



B.A., English (University of Toronto), 1979

M.A. (Western University), 1987

Southam Fellow (University of Toronto), 1994

Honours & Awards

Governor General's Award for Literature (children's text), 2008, The Landing

Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for political writing, 2016, Stephen Harper

Languages Spoken


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