Donner Prize

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The Donner Prize is an award given annually by the conservative[1][2][3][4] Donner Canadian Foundation for books considered excellent in regard to the writing of Canadian public policy. The prize was established in 1998. The grand prize is $50,000; short-listed finalists receive $7,500 each. To be eligible, a book must be on a single theme relevant to Canadian policy and be authored by one or more Canadian citizens. Entries are submitted by publishers, and selected by a five-person jury whose members are drawn from the ranks of Canadian professors, university administrators, businessmen, and politicians. The committee announces a short list in April of each year. The winners and runners-up are announced at an awards banquet in April or May.[5]


  • 2013: Michael Byers, International Law and the Arctic
  • 2012: Jeffrey Simpson, Chronic Condition: Why Canada’s Health Care System Needs to be Dragged into the 21st Century.[6]
  • 2011: Peter Aucoin, Mark D. Jarvis, Lori Turnbull, Democratizing The Constitution [7][8]
  • 2010: Doug Saunders, Arrival City: The Final Migration and Our Next World
  • 2009: Brian Bow, The Politics of Linkage: Power, Interdependence and Ideas in Canada-US Relations.
  • 2008: Ken Coates, P. Whitney Lackenbauer, William R. Morrison, and Greg Poelzer, Arctic Front: Defending Canada in the Far North.
  • 2007: David E. Smith, The People's House of Commons: Theories of Democracy in Contention.
  • 2006: Eric Helleiner, Towards North American Monetary Union? The Politics and History of Canada's Exchange Rate Regime.
  • 2005: Mark Jaccard, Sustainable Fossil Fuels: The Unusual Suspect in the Quest for Clean and Enduring Energy.
  • 2004: David Laidler & William Robson, Two Percent Target: Canadian Monetary Policy Since 1991.
  • 2003: Michael Adams, Fire and Ice: The United States, Canada, and the Myth of Converging Values.
  • 2002: John F. Helliwell, Globalization and Well-Being.
  • 2001: Marie McAndrew, Immigration et Diversitè á L'École.
  • 2000: Tom Flanagan, First Nation? Second Thoughts.
  • 1999: David Gratzer, Code Blue: Reviving Canada's Health Care System.
  • 1998: Thomas Courchene with Colin Termer, From Heartland to North American Region-State: The Social, Fiscal, and Federal Evolution of Ontario.


  1. ^ Walkom, Thomas (October 1997). "Right-wing causes find a rich and ready paymaster. Canada 'too liberal', so Donner family is taking foundation down a more controversial path". Toronto Star: E1. 
  2. ^ Cernetig, Miro (February 1994). "Neo-cons young bucks of the new right. In the 1960s the rallying cry for young activists was free love. Now it's free markets". The Globe and Mail. 
  3. ^ Camp, Dalton (February 1997). "Politics, journalism of new right fueled by money". Toronto Star: p. A19. 
  4. ^ Daifallah, Adam (November 2004). "Rescuing Canada's right". Western Standard. 
  5. ^ "About the Prize". The Donner Canadian Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Press Release (25 April 2013). "15th Annual Donner Prize Winner Announced". The Donner Canadian Foundation. Retrieved 26 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Donner Prize winner examines power of PMO". CBC News. May 1, 2012. Retrieved September 12, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Donner Prize writers look at obesity, immigration". CBC News. April 3, 2012. Retrieved September 12, 2012. 

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