Jeffrey Simpson

Jeffrey Simpson

Former National Affairs Columnist, The Globe and Mail

Jeffrey Simpson has his finger on the pulse of Canada―and the world. The former Globe and Mail national affairs columnist (a position he held for 32 years), Simpson has analysed many of the major political, social and economic issues of our time. The author of eight books, including Chronic Condition: Why Canada’s Health Care System Needs to be Dragged into the 21st Century, which won the $50,000 Donner Prize for the best book on public policy, Simpson is a sought-after speaker at major conferences and abroad.

Simpson is currently a senior fellow at the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Ottawa. He has also been an adjunct professor at the Institute of Policy Studies at Queen’s University. He was a John S. Knight fellow at Stanford University, a Skelton-Clark fellow and Brockington Visitor at Queen’s University, and a John V. Clyne fellow at the University of British Columbia, among other postings.

Simpson has won all three of Canada’s major writing prizes: the Governor-General’s award for nonfiction writing; the National Magazine Award for political writing; and the National Newspaper Award for column-writing. He has also won the Hyman Solomon Award for excellence in public policy journalism, and the Arthur Kroeger prize for public discourse.

Simpson was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2000 for his contribution to journalism, and has received seven seven honorary degrees from Canadian universities. His views have been published in Saturday Night, The Report on Business Magazine, The Journal of Canadian Studies and The Queen’s Quarterly.

Chronic Condition: Why Canada’s Health-Care System Needs to be Dragged into the Twenty-First Century

Jeffrey Simpson has been speaking at dozens of conferences across Canada since his award-winning book appeared about Canadian health-care. In it, he examines the medicare system that Canadians cling to so passionately. He finds that many other countries have more extensive, and better, health-care systems. Canadian health-care, he explains, produces only average value-for-money. In fact, out rigid system is out-of-date and expensive and is still way behind in preparing itself for the aging of the population. Chronic Condition outlines the huge changes and real choices that Canadians face.

Hot Air: Fixing Canada's Climate Change Catastrophe

Many presentations on energy and climate change are: (a) terrifying or (b) academic or (c) quirky, advocating a single, neat solution like solar or wind power, or a population on bicycles. This presentation is different. It starts with an alarming brief description of the climate threat to Canada. Then it shifts to an equally alarming description of how Canadians have been betrayed by their politicians (“We’re working on it!”), their industrialists (“Things aren’t that bad, really, and voluntary guidelines will be good enough.”), and even their environmentalists (“Energy efficiency can be profitable, and people can change their lifestyles, no problem!”).

All of this, of course, reinforces the myths that forceful policies are not needed.

Having summarized the situation, and the trends we are facing, Hot Air then lays out in convincing and easily understandable terms the few simple policies that Canada must adopt right away in order to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next few decades. It shows how these policies can be designed to have minimal negative effects. It even provides results from a highly credible energy-economy model that has been used internationally by many authorities, including the most advanced think tanks, to assess the full economic impacts of different policies.

With evidence from other countries that are successfully addressing climate change, Hot Air shows why these are the only policies that will work — and why this is a matter of life and death for us all.