Lawrence Martin (journalist)

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Lawrence Martin is a Canadian journalist and author of several books on Canadian politics.[1] Born in 1948 and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, he received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from that city's McMaster University in 1969, and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University in 1983.

Martin has spent many years at the Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail where he began as a sports reporter in 1974. He served as the newspaper's Washington, D.C., bureau chief from 1978 to 1981, and as Moscow bureau chief from 1985 to 1988.[1] He was then national affairs columnist for the Southam chain until July 2001.

Now living in Ottawa and a columnist for The Globe and Mail,[1] and iPolitics, Martin also writes an occasional column for the Quebec daily La Presse and appears frequently on Canadian television and radio as a political commentator.

Much of Martin's efforts in recent years have focused on writing biographies about contemporary Canadian political figures. Martin has written ten books during his career, including a biography of Canadian hockey player Mario Lemieux.[2]

He wrote a controversial biography of Quebec sovereigntist leader Lucien Bouchard[3] which was followed by his books on the life and career of Canadian prime minister Jean Chrétien, in two volumes titled "Will to Win" and "Iron Man". Harperland: The Politics of Control,[4] a book about the first four years of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's governance was released in October 2010.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b c "The Globe & Mail Columnists". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. Retrieved 11 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Dowbiggin, Bruce (13 November 1993). "An unlovable team and a reclusive giant". Toronto Star. Retrieved 11 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Johnston's on a real roll". Toronto Star. 18 October 1998. Retrieved 11 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Harperland: The Politics of Control: Lawrence Martin: Books". Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  5. ^ "Harper’s hatred surprised author". Retrieved 2010-10-03. 
  6. ^ "Don Martin: Tories disagree with new book too much to read it". Retrieved 2010-10-03.