A beautifully written and evocative memoir of one of Canada's most distinguished politicians. A midnight's child of poor rural India, Ujjal Dosanjh emigrated to the United Kingdom in 1964 at the age of eighteen, and spent nearly four years making crayons, car parts and shunting trains while he attended night school and learned English by listening to BBC Radio. He moved to Canada in 1968, to the west coast, where he pulled lumber in a sawmill for a few years, eventually earning a B.A from Simon Fraser University in 1973 and then his law degree from the University of British Columbia three years later. He practiced law for many years, and was a social justice advocate who fought for the rights of farm and domestic workers. After many years as a Member of the Legislative Assembly he became Attorney General and then Premier of British Columbia, the first person of Indian descent to hold these offices anywhere in the country.
This is a deeply personal and thoughtful memoir of Dosanjh's journey from his beloved India to the upper echelons of Canadian politics, a story that is both wise and compelling, about a man passionate about social justice and democratic process who continues to rail against injustice and corruption wherever it is happening in the world.
Ujjal Dosanjh is the former Premier of British Columbia and a former Minister of Health for Canada. He became the Attorney General of British Columbia in 1995, and then Premier of British Columbia from February 2000 to June 2001 before he entered federal politics. He lives in Vancouver with his wife Rami.
"What a journey! Up from the mud of rural poverty, a Punjabi peasant strikes out for the new world, then defies terrorist death threats to become the leader of Canada's third-largest province and the only federal cabinet minister with eighty-four stitches in his skull. Following Gandhi all the way, Ujjal Dosanjh is still an Indian - but he tells a crackling, only-in-Canada story." - Terry Milewski, Senior Correspondent, CBC News
"Reading Journey After Midnight was a deeply moving experience. Its compassion, its honesty and the poetic nature of its prose will haunt the reader long after the final page has been turned. One sure path to a saner world is to continue telling stories about ourselves to reach 'the other,' realizing that in the particular lies the universal. Ujjal Dosanjh's memoir has done this in spades." - Deepa Mehta, Academy-Award - nominated director of Water "Ujjal Dosanjh's reputation for courage and vision preceded our first meeting. He was a strong addition to the federal cabinet as Minister of Health, and he continues to make a major contribution to Canada. His has been a unique journey." - The Right Honourable Paul Martin
"It's not the positions [Dosanjh] has held that invite my admiration, though to achieve politically what he has achieved in Canadian public life displays a high degree of skill, personal industry and formidable intelligence. I admire him for his courage - his real, demonstrable, physical and moral courage." - Rex Murphy, National Post