Susan Delacourt

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Susan Delacourt is an award-winning Canadian political journalist.

Delacourt is a senior writer at the Toronto Star.[1] Previously, she was the senior political writer at the National Post, a columnist and feature writer at the Ottawa Citizen and, for sixteen years,[2] a parliamentary correspondent and editorial board member of The Globe and Mail. She is a graduate the University of Western Ontario (1982, majoring in Political Science).[2] She is also a Masters student in the School of Political Studies at Carleton University, studying "consumerism and material culture, and their intersection with citizenship/democracy/politics".[3]

Delacourt spent her childhood and adolescence in Milton, Ontario.[4] She first developed her skills as a journalist while at the University of Western Ontario, where she was an editor of the UWO Gazette, the student newspaper.[2]

In 2011, Delacourt was selected by her peers as the recipient of the Charles Lynch Award, for lifetime achievement in political writing.[5] In 2012, Delacourt was named by Canadian political newspaper Hill Times as one of "The Top 100 Most Influential People in Government and Politics".[5]

Delacourt is the author of four books on Canadian politics: United We Fall: The Crisis of Democracy in Canada (1993), an account of the failure of the Charlottetown Accord, Shaughnessy: The Passionate Politics of Shaughnessy Cohen (2000), concerning the late Member of Parliament, Juggernaut: Paul Martin's Campaign for Chretien's Crown (2003), and Shopping for Votes: How Politicians Choose Us and We Choose Them (2013). Shopping for Votes was a shortlisted nominee for the 2014 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction.[6]


  1. ^ Toronto Star, Profile of Susan Delacourt Archived 2011-03-04 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved 2012-07-16.
  2. ^ a b c Rebecca Gardiner, Inside The Prime Minister's Office. Western News, University of Western Ontario, November 29, 2004. Retrieved 2012-07-19.
  3. ^ Profile of Susan Delacourt, Retrieved 2012-07-23.
  4. ^ Susan Delacourt, I remember Milton: Facebook page hearkens back to a simpler time. Toronto Star, July 13, 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-16.
  5. ^ a b Mark Bourrie, Well-connected, visible, a lot of clout with Liberal-leftie network. The Hill Times, March 5, 2012. Retrieved via electronic subscription, 2012-07-16.
  6. ^ "Hilary Weston Prize 2014: The shortlist revealed!". CBC Books, September 17, 2014.