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Lawrence Martin

Public affairs columnist

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The downside of U.S.-style elections

From attack ads to voter ID laws, Canada’s electoral system is looking more and more like that of the United States – to our detriment

Jul 21, 2015

Harper sticks with the status quo

The Prime Minister is taking a big risk. He’s making the time-for-change argument resonate much louder than need be

Jul 14, 2015

Team NDP has a big hole to fill

Now that it’s a contender to form a government, Tom Mulcair suddenly needs a candidate with Bay Street cred

Jul 07, 2015

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Lawrence Martin is an Ottawa-based public affairs columnist and the author of ten books, including six national best sellers. His books include The Presidents and The Prime Ministers, a two-volume biography of Jean Chretien, a biography of hockey star Mario Lemieux and The Red Machine, a history of hockey in Russia.

His most recent book, Harperland, The Politics of Control, was nominated for the Shaughnessy Cohen Award, the National Booksellers' Non-Fiction Award and was voted 2010's best political book in a poll by The Hill Times.

A graduate of McMaster and Harvard, Martin served as the Globe's bureau chief in Washington, Montreal and Moscow where he opened the paper's first bureau in 1985. He was national affairs columnist for Southam News and has been a columnist for the Globe since 2002.

Among other honours he is a recipient of McMaster University's Lifetime Leadership Achievement Award.

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