L. Ian MacDonald is a columnist, author, editor, broadcaster -- and speaker. Topics include:
- The Liberal majority: How Trudeau did it and what comes next.
- The Conservatives: After the fall, picking up the pieces.
- Budget 2016: The stimulative deficit
- Federal-provincial relations.
- The Conservatives as the BNA Party, the Liberals as the Charter Party. Diverging constitutional experiences.
- Canada-US relations. Doing business with Obama.
L. Ian MacDonald is Editor of Policy Magazine, one of Canada's leading public policy magazines. He also writes a twice weekly column for iPolitics and is a frequent contributor to CPAC.
He is the author of the best-selling biography, "Mulroney: The Making of the Prime Minister", and "From Bourassa to Bourassa: Wilderness to Restoration" a critically acclaimed narrative history of the Quebec Liberal Party from 1976-1994. He is the editor of "Free Trade: Risks and Rewards", a benchmarking of free trade. He is also co-author of "Leo: A Life", the best-selling autobiography of former Senator Leo Kolber, longtime adviser to the Bronfman family.
Previously, he was Minister of Public affairs at the Canadian Embassy in Washington from 1992 to 1994 and chief speechwriter to the Prime Minister of Canada from 1985 to 1988.
He is a former member of the Board of Governors of Concordia University from 1983 to 1987, and a member of the Quebec Press Council from 1982 to 1985. He was co-chair of the retail corporate division of Centraide, Montreal's United Way, in 1997, and is currently a member of the Board of Governors of the Loyola High School in Montreal.
Born in 1947, Mr. MacDonald lives in Montreal, and has two daughters, Grace, born in 1990 and Zara, born in 2009. He is a graduate of Concordia University (Loyola), Honours Political Science, in 1969.