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Dennis Gruending

Dennis Gruending

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Dennis Gruending is an Ottawa-based writer and blogger and a former Member of Parliament. He has worked as a print and broadcast journalist and as a radio host. He has written or edited eight books including the best-selling Great Canadian Speeches. His most recent publication is Speeches That Changed Canada, released in April 2018. His two biogaphies are of former Saskatchewan premier Allan Blakeney,  and of Emmett Hall, the Supreme Court judge whose Royal Commission recommended Medicare for Canada. Dennis holds an Honours degree in English literature from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters in journalism from Carleton University. He posts regularly to his two blogs: Pulpit and Politics and Great Canadian Speeches, and he also blogs regularly for



Speeches That Changed Canada . Firtzhenry & Whiteside, 2018
Pulpit and Politics: Competing Religious Ideologies in Canadian Public Life. Kingsley Publishing (Calgary), 2011
Truth to Power: The Journalism of a Benedictine Monk. Kingsley Publishing (Calgary), 2010
Great Canadian Speeches. Markham, ON: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2004
The Middle of Nowhere: Rediscovering Saskatchewan. Saskatoon, SK: Fifth House, 1996
Promises to Keep: A Political Biography of Allan Blakeney. Saskatoon, SK: Western Producer Books , 1990
Emmett Hall: Establishment Radical. Toronto: Macmillan Canada, 1985
Gringo: Poems and Journals From Latin America. Regina, SK: Coteau Books, 1983
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