John Kenneth Gormley
John Kenneth Gormley, Q.C. (born August 2, 1957) is a Canadian radio talk show host, lawyer and Best Selling author.
Life and career
He was born in Singapore, where his father was serving as a medical officer with the British Army during the Malayan Emergency. His parents emigrated to Saskatchewan in 1960, settling in Battleford, northwest of Saskatoon.
After receiving elementary education in Battleford, he completed high school at St. Thomas College and enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan. Gormley studied English and intended to apply to law school, but (in his words) "detoured into radio" in 1977, working at radio stations CKOM and later CFQC (both in Saskatoon) as a reporter and newsreader.
In 1984 he was elected in the 1984 Canadian election to the House of Commons as Progressive Conservative MP for the electoral district of The Battlefords—Meadow Lake. In his last year as a Member of Parliament, he served as chairman of the Commons Standing Committee on Communications and Culture. Defeated in the 1988 election, Gormley studied law at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law, graduated with distinction, and then practised employment law in Edmonton, Alberta. Rawlco Radio's in-house counsel since 1998, he is a member of the Law Societies of both Alberta and Saskatchewan and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2011.
In addition to hosting his radio show, he writes a weekly column in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix and Regina Leader Post newspapers. His first book, Left Out – Saskatchewan's NDP and the Relentless Pursuit of Mediocrity, was published in 2010 and is a Canadian bestseller. His second book, The Gormley Papers: I'm Right and You Know It, a compilation of his newspaper columns, was published in 2013.
Gormley is a recipient of the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal (2005) and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012).
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