The Donner Prize - The Award for the Best Book on Canadian Public Policy
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Grant L. Reuber
Chair

Senior Advisor and Director, Sussex Circle; Senior Fellow, C.D. Howe Institute; former Chairman, Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation; former President and Chief Operating Officer and later Deputy Chairman, Bank of Montreal; former Deputy Minister of Finance for Canada; former Vice-President (academic), Provost and later Chancellor of the University of Western Ontario.

Paul Boothe

Professor and Director of the Institute for Public Economics at the University of Alberta; former Deputy Minister for the Province of Saskatchewan.

Pierre Lortie

President and Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier Transportation.

John G. Richards

Professor at the Faculty of Business at Simon Fraser University; Scholar-in-Residence at the C.D. Howe Institute.

Jennifer Smith

Associate Professor of Political Science, Dalhousie University, NS.

Past Winners 1999

Winner

CODE BLUE: REVIVING CANADA'S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
by David Gratzer
ECW Press

GRATZER GUIDES US THROUGH CANADA'S deteriorating health care system and prescribes a provocative solution that promises to add fuel to the ongoing debate. He explores our misconceptions about the American health care system, analyzes demographic trends and exposes the emptiness of political debate over one of the biggest public policy problems of our generation.

David Gratzer is a medical student at the University of Manitoba. He has written on health care for the National Post, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, and the Ottawa Citizen.

Runners-Up

FREE-FOR-ALL: THE STRUGGLE FOR DOMINANCE ON THE DIGITAL FRONTIER
by Matthew Fraser
Stoddart Publishing

FRASER'S EXAMINATION OF THE DEVELOPMENTS that have marked Canada's turbulent telecommunications industry and the government's muddled response to regulations is timely and captivating. Fraser takes a detailed, behind-the-scenes look at this embattled process and presents eye-opening portraits of major players and their influence on the design and direction of Canadian regulations.

Matthew Fraser is a professor of broadcasting and communications at Ryerson Polytechnic University's School of Radio and Television Arts and writes a regular media industries column for the National Post.

GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER: THE CANADIAN CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
by David M. Paciocco
Irwin Law

PACIOCCO TAKES A CANDID LOOK AT THE CRISIS of confidence in Canadian criminal law in this fascinating book, explaining how and why offenders are sentenced while pointing out its errors, particularly in the parole process. Written in an engaging and straightforward manner, he unravels the mysteries of the criminal justice system and presents clear arguments towards reforming our present system.

David Paciocco, a professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa, is a former prosecutor who continues to engage in a specialized criminal defence practice.

Other 1999 Short-listed Books

STRAIGHT TALK: SPEECHES AND WRITINGS ON CANADIAN UNITY
by Stéphane Dion
McGill-Queen's University Press

THIS IS AN ELEGANT COLLECTION OF THE Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs' speeches from 1996 to 1998 advocating and setting out the conditions for a reconciliation of Quebec nationalism with a highly decentralized and multi-national Canadian state. This book is an intelligent, sophisticated case for national unity and highlights the policies Ottawa should adopt to sustain it.

The Honourable Stéphane Dion is federal minister of Intergovernmental Affairs.

DUE PROCESS AND VICTIMS' RIGHTS: THE NEW LAW AND POLITICS OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE
by Kent Roach
University of Toronto Press

ROACH PROVIDES PENETRATING INSIGHTS into the development of the criminal justice system following the enactment of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982 and analyzes the different models used in the sentencing process. He examines the changing discourse in the courts, legislatures and the media and looks at the role of women, young people, various minorities and crime victims in criminal justice reform.

Kent Roach is a Professor of Law at the University of Toronto.

ENJEUX ÉTHIQUES ET TECHNOLOGIES BIOMÉDICALES
by Jocelyne Saint-Arnaud
Les Presses De L'Université de Montréal

AS OUR POPULATION AND MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY advances, we are increasingly forced to confront many of the ethical issues that Saint-Arnaud addresses, such as euthanasia and the selection of recipients for vital organ transplants. Her thought-provoking analysis of an important yet much neglected area of health care is an important contribution to our post-modern society.

Jocelyne Saint-Arnaud is a Professor of Nursing Science and Bioethics at the University of Montréal.

GOVERNING FROM THE CENTRE: THE CONCENTRATION OF POWER IN CANADIAN POLITICS
by Donald J. Savoie
University of Toronto Press

THIS IS AN INSIGHTFUL ACCOUNT OF THE ORGANIZATION and functioning of the Canadian government since the Trudeau era, and one which explains the growing trend towards the concentration of power and authority in the hands of the Prime Minister and his immediate circle.

Donald Savoie holds the Clément-Cormier Chair in Economic Development at the Université de Moncton and is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Research on Public Policy.