2014 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing Finalist

The War That Ended Peace

Chantal Hébert
with Jean Lapierre 
The Morning After: The 1995 Quebec Referendum and the Day that Almost Was 
Knopf Canada



Jury Citation

Chantal Hébert and Jean Lapierre, a formidable team when it comes to Quebec politics, offer probing interviews with the main players in the 1995 referendum fight. They asked: what would Canada have looked like the morning after a federalist loss? Written clearly and without pretension, their revelations of the consequences are dramatic. Simply put, The Morning After is a great read, providing new insights for those who lived through the referendum – and helping those who did not to understand what was at stake.

About the Book

Only the most fearless of political journalists would dare open the wounds of the 1995 Quebec referendum, a still-murky episode in Canadian history. The referendum brought one of the world's most successful democracies to the brink of the unknown, and yet Quebecers’ attitudes toward sovereignty continue to baffle the country’s political class. Interviewing 17 key leaders from the duelling referendum camps, Chantal Hébert and Jean Lapierre ask what these political leaders’ plans were if the vote had gone the other way. Even two decades later, their answers shock—exposing the fractures, tensions, and fears that continue to shape Canada today.

About the Authors

Chantal Hébert is a national political affairs columnist for the Toronto Star and a weekly guest columnist in Le Devoir. She is a regular guest on the “At Issue” political panel on CBC Television’s The National. The author of French Kiss: Stephen Harper’s Blind Date with Quebec, Hébert was the 2006 recipient of the Hyman Solomon Award for Excellence in Public Policy Journalism. The Morning After is a finalist for the BC National Award for Canadian Nonfiction. She lives in Montreal.

Jean Lapierre is a political analyst with the Quebec television network TVA, CTV, and several Quebec radio stations. A former federal politician, Lapierre served two terms in Parliament and has had two cabinet posts, Transport Minister and Minister of Youth and Amateur Sport. He lives in Montreal.




Woodcock Fund



Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing


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


Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
and Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize


July 18 for books published between May 16 and Sept 30, 2018


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