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Svend Robinson: A Life in Politics

by (author) Graeme Truelove

New Star Books
Initial publish date
Oct 2013
Political, Social Activists
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Finalist, Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize Few politicians have enraged opponents, frustrated colleagues and polarized Canadians like Svend Robinson — but few embraced the causes he did. Over his twenty-five years as a New Democrat MP, Robinson was imprisoned for blocking loggers from clear-cutting in Clayoquot Sound, assaulted by police while protesting at the 2001 Summit of the Americas, expelled from foreign countries for defending human rights, and harassed after coming out as Canada's first openly gay MP. Robinson always took his ideals to the front lines, helping to define the Canadian left. Though his brash tactics dominated headlines, Robinson's full story has not yet been told. In this in-depth biography, Graeme Truelove explores an accomplished life and career, including Robinson's difficult childhood, his growing realization of his own sexuality, and the bipolar diagnosis which followed his baffling, career-ending theft of a diamond ring. A portrait emerges of a complex figure — driven, gifted, visionary and flawed — who challenged his country and continues to make his indelible mark on the world.

About the author

Graeme Truelove is the author of the critically acclaimed biography Svend Robinson: A Life in Politics (New Star Books, 2013), which was shortlisted for the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize and listed on the BC Bookworld Bestseller List. He was a contributing author of House of Commons Procedure and Practice, 2nd Edition (Éditions Yvon Blais, 2009), which was called “the most important book on the Hill” by Maclean’s. Truelove has worked for Frontier College as a literacy teacher in a remote Indigenous community and volunteered for the Ontario Public Interest Research Group, among other activist groups. He has worked on Parliament Hill since 2001. Truelove lives in Ottawa, ON.

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