About Shaughnessy Cohen

Shaughnessy Cohen was the Minister of Parliament for the riding of Windsor-St. Clair from 1993 until her death in 1998. Affectionately known as “Radio Shaughnessy,” she was outspoken, popular, and beloved for her sense of humour and devoted friendship. She was a lawyer by training, and used her legal background in crime as chair of the Commons Justice Committee. Shaughnessy is survived by her daughter Dena and husband Jerome. Journalist Susan Delacourt published a biography, The Passionate Politics of Shaughnessy Cohen, in 2000, the same year the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing was established.

On the tenth anniversary of the prize a video about Shaughnessy and the prize that bears her name was produced. It features reminiscences from Margaret Atwood, Peter McKay, Pamela Wallin, Anne McLellan, Janice Gross Stein, and Susan Delacourt.





Woodcock Fund



Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing


June 20 for books published between Jan 1 and June 19, 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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