Here’s a look back at past winners and the books that made that year’s shortlist. You’ll also find our Jury from each award season.
FIRST NATIONS? SECOND THOUGHTS
(McGill-Queen’s University Press)
CONTROVERSIAL AND THOUGHT PROVOKING, Professor Flanagan’s First Nations? Second Thoughts dissects the prevailing orthodoxy that determines public policy towards Canada’s aboriginal peoples. He demonstrates that the policy this orthodoxy produces enriches a small elite of activists, politicians, administrators, and well-connected entrepreneurs, while bringing further misery to the very people it is supposed to help.
Runners – up
CITIZENS PLUS: ABORIGINAL PEOPLES AND THE CANADIAN STATE
Alan C. Cairns
CITIZENS PLUS IS A WONDERFULLY INFORMED, well-documented and balanced analysis of the issues and political and legal debates concerning the position of Aboriginal peoples in Canada. More importantly, it addresses in a positive and realistic manner the fatal flaws that surround much of the debate.
THE CHARTER REVOLUTION AND THE COURT PARTY
F.L. Morton and Rainer Knopff
PROFESSORS MORTON AND KNOPF HAVE PRODUCED a superb analysis of the political dynamics at work within Canada to expand the meaning of the rights guaranteed under the Charter. The book contains several eye-opening portraits that help us to understand the alignment of forces behind some of the most controversial Supreme Court of Canada decisions.
CYCLING INTO SAIGON: THE CONSERVATIVE TRANSITION IN ONTARIO
David R. Cameron and Graham White
IN THIS FASCINATING WORK, THE AUTHORS examine how the transition of government in Ontario in 1995 was a surprising success involving, as it did, the necessity of co-operation between political mortal enemies. Cycling into Saigon has important lessons for everyone involved or interested in this key stage of the electoral process, wherever it takes place.
THE MARSHALL DECISION AND NATIVE RIGHTS
(McGill-Queen’s University Press)
PROFFESOR COATES PROVIDES PENETRATING INSIGHT into the cross-cultural, legal, and political implications of the recent Supreme Court decision on the Donald Marshall case. He describes the events, personalities, and conflicts that brought the Maritimes to the brink of a major confrontation.
HEAVY TRAFFIC: DEREGULATION, TRADE, AND TRANSFORMATION IN NORTH AMERICAN TRUCKING
PROFESSOR MADAR PROVIDES A STRONG, well-crafted and insightful account of the process by which the highly regulated trucking industry was deregulated after 1980 in the U.S. and Canada, and how, in conjunction with free trade and industrial changes, the trucking business has been transformed.
RETREAT FROM GROWTH: ATLANTIC CANADA AND THE NEGATIVE-SUM ECONOMY
(Atlantic Institute for Market Studies)
THIS BOOK IS A PARTICULARLY WELL RESEARCHED and important contribution to the on-going debate about the current economic status of Atlantic Canada. McMahon delivers a cogent analysis of the effects of the policies pursued over the last thirty years and proposes a clear and objective benchmark based on comparative evidence.
2000 Donner Jury
Grant L. Reuber
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.
Professor and Director of the Institute for Public Economics at the University of Alberta; former Deputy Minister for the Province of Saskatchewan.
President and Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier Transportation.
Consultant and former President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of New Brunswick.
John G. Richards
Professor at the Faculty of Business at Simon Fraser University; Scholar-in-Residence at the C.D. Howe Institute.