2013 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing Winner


Paul Wells 
The Longer I'm Prime Minister: Stephen Harper and Canada, 2006 – 
Random House Canada


Jury Citation

Veteran political columnist Paul Wells has crafted a fast-paced, romping great read about a Prime Minister who is frequently described by the Parliamentary Press Gallery as dull, plodding, and inscrutable. Though viscerally funny and often biting, this book is never partisan or unfair. Impeccably researched, gorgeously written, and deeply insightful, The Longer I’m Prime Minister is an essential read for all political junkies.

About the Book

Picking up where he left off in Right Side Up: The Fall of Paul Martin and the Rise of Stephen Harper’s New Conservatism, veteran political writer Paul Wells delivers an authoritative, engaging, and critical account of Stephen Harper since his Conservative Party won the federal election in 2006. Relying on a trove of sources, Wells explores how no matter the ups and downs, the triumphs and the self-inflicted wounds, Harper has been moving to build the Canada he wants – the Canada a significant portion of Canadian voters want or they wouldn’t have elected him three times. The Longer I’m Prime Minister explains Harper not only to Harper supporters but also to readers who can’t believe he’s already been in power longer than Lester B. Pearson and John Diefenbaker.

About the Author

Paul Wells is the political editor of Maclean’s magazine. His previous book, Right Side Up, was chosen as one of the Best Canadian Political Books of the Last 25 Years by the Writers’ Trust of Canada and Samara. Wells has worked for the National Post, the Gazette (Montreal), and has written for L’actualite, La Presse, Time, and the Literary Review of Canada. He lives in Ottawa and can be followed on Twitter at @InklessPW.




Woodcock Fund



Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing


September 19 for books published between June 20 and September 18, 2018


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