Book launch - Speeches that Changed Canada

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Fitzhenry & Whiteside in collaboration with Library and Archives Canada cordially invites you to the book launch of:

Speeches That Changed Canada
By Dennis Gruending

Date: Wednesday, June 6, 2018,
Time: 7 to 8 p.m.
Location: Library and Archives Canada, Pellan Room, 2nd Floor
395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario

Presentation in English only.
Free admission


To attend, please register by clicking the following link.

Dennis Gruending biography

Book author, Dennis Gruending
Dennis Gruending
(by Jean-Marc Carisse)

In Speeches That Changed Canada, author and former MP Dennis Gruending selects and analyzes dramatic speeches from 11 accomplished political orators. They include John A. Macdonald arguing Confederation into being; Louis Riel’s speech to the jury; Nellie McClung demanding the vote for women; Arthur Meighen’s divisive speech on military conscription; Tommy Douglas introducing Medicare legislation in 1961; and Chief Joseph Gosnell’s powerful address in support of the Nisga’a Treaty. Dennis describes the historical context in which each speech was delivered, and analyzes the rhetorical techniques employed by the orators to win over their audiences.

Dennis has worked for three Canadian newspapers and as a morning show host for CBC Radio in Saskatchewan. He served as the MP for Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar in the 36th Canadian Parliament. He has written or edited eight books, including biographies of Emmett Hall, whose Royal Commission recommended Medicare for Canada, and of former Saskatchewan premier Allan Blakeney. Dennis now lives in Ottawa.

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