John Ibbitson

John Ibbitson’s career as a journalist spans more than three decades, more than 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.

John writes columns and features that focus on Canadian and American politics and global demographic trends. His series of stories on the past persecution and prosecution of homosexuals in the community and the public service caused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to offer a formal apology in the House of Commons in 2017. He also coined the term Laurentian elite, which has become part of Canada’s political lexicon.

He is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Landing (winner of the Governor General’s Award for children’s literature), The Big Shift (with Darrell Bricker) and Stephen Harper (winner of the 2015 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for political writing). Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline (with Darrell Bricker) has been published around the world and is available in nine languages.

In October 2023, Signal/McClelland & Stewart will publish The Duel: Diefenbaker, Pearson and the Making of Modern Canada, John’s biography of the two prime ministers.

John is also general editor of The Globe History Project, a series of 30 essays exploring the history of The Globe and Mail and its influence on the life of Canada, to mark the paper’s 180th anniversary in 2024.