I enjoy interviews as they always force me to deeply consider my thoughts and sharpen my ability to express them while sincerely appreciating the views of others.
- I am proud that in July 2020 my interview discussing the importance of knowing our history was posted on the Peskotomuchkati Nation’s website.
2. TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin invited me to be part of a final discussing the 50th anniversary of the Confederation of Tomorrow. We discussed and debated the state of Canada now and challenges going forward. It aired on December 12, 2017.
3. CTV News called to ask my view on various leaders and their thoughts on the United Nations. As we are dealing with so many issues that transcend national boundaries, it is an interesting time to pause to consider the internationalist viewpoint that led to the creation of bodies such as the UN in the first place.
Here is the September 20, 2017 interview:
4. August 28 Interview on CBC Radio’s The Current regarding Ontario Elementary Teachers Union wanting to rename schools named after Sir John A. Macdonald.
5. CTV Your Morning television with Ben Mulroney on August 16, 2017. Discussing controversy regarding Confederate statues in the United States and the bringing down of certain statues and the renaming of certain buildings in Canada. (My interview begins about 3:00)
6. Television Interview with Steve Paikin on TVO’s The Agenda, aired May 30, 2017. Discussing newly published Sir John’s Echo: The Voice for a Stronger
7. See how I answered this question: If you could have dinner with any Canadian prime minister who would it be? Who would you pick? Who do you think I picked? One guess!
8. Cold Fire: Kennedy’s Northern Front. Released in Canada and the US in February 2016.
Cold Fire is available through Chapters, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and bookstores everywhere. On the day of its release, it hit Amazon’s #1 as the bestselling Canadian history book.
It was also a moment of existential angst in which Canadians pondered who they wished to be and the country in which they wanted to live. It was a time in which JFK exerted a powerful and not always positive influence on Canada and when Canada’s leaders at the time, John Diefenbaker, and Lester Pearson, fought for Canadian interests.
COLD FIRE: KENNEDY’S NORTHERN FRONT
A. Viewpoints with Todd Van der Hayden, CJAD
Scroll to Viewpoints then 1 hour: http://www.cjad.com/Podcasts/index.aspx
B. The Commentary with Joe Planta
C. Leaders and Legacies with Roderick Benns
D. Television Interview with Steve Paikin on TVO’s The Agenda. This is the first of two interviews on Cold Fire that were taped on February 18, 2016.
E. Television interview with Steve Paikin focussing on Canada and the Cuban Missile Crisis
F. Peterborough This Week
9. BLOOD AND DARING
Published in 2013, Blood and Daring: How Canada Fought the American Civil War and Forged a Nation was a national bestseller and listed as one of Amazon’s and the Globe and Mail’s Best Books of 2013. In 2014 it was published in paperback and in French translation with the title, Voisins et Ennemis, and was shortlisted for a Governor General’s award.
Here is a television interview regarding Blood and Daring that I enjoyed with Steve Paiken:
R. B. Bennett was one of Canada’s most controversial prime ministers, but there had never been a major biography addressing the man, his times, and his transformational leadership. That changed in 2010 with the publication of my Bennett: The Rebel Who Challenged and Changed a Nation. The book earned critical praise and in 2012 was published in paperback by GooseLand Editions.
Here is an interview conducted by Steve Paiken regarding Bennett: (odd, my hair looks darker back in 2010…must be the lighting.)
11. POLITICAL GADFLY
When something strikes me as worthy of comment I write op ed articles for newspapers or include it in my Monday blog and sometimes my thoughts lead to calls for radio interviews.
a. CBC Radio Interview: Remove Politicians from our Money
AND IN OTHER NEWS
My weekly Monday morning blog is continuing to grow. I also continue to contribute op ed columns to newspapers across the country when a particular issue strikes me. You can follow my blog here:
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Keynote speaker at Sir John A. Macdonald’s gravesite ceremony.