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William Johnson (author)

William Johnson, CM (born 1931) is a Canadian academic, journalist and author.

Contents

  • Early life and education 1
  • Career 2
  • Bibliography 3
  • References 4

Early life and education

Johnson's mother was francophone and his father anglophone and Johnson himself speaks both English and French. His mother was outspoken in the Ontario rights movement regarding French school access under Regulation 17.

For seven years Johnson attended Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf in Montreal, and holds an MA in French literature from the Université de Montréal. At home, he speaks only French with his wife, who has a doctorate in French literature.[1]

Career

He taught sociology at the University of Toronto before becoming a journalist, working as a parliamentary correspondent in Quebec City and Washington, D.C. for The Globe and Mail and as a journalist and parliamentary reporter for the Montreal Gazette in Ottawa.

In 1982, Johnson was made a Member of the Order of Canada with the citation that his "daily reports from Quebec on social, cultural, and political affairs have given Anglophone readers new insights into the problems and aspirations of Francophones and have contributed notably to Canadian unity." He has written about the role that attitudes and misconceptions have played in the history of the Quebec sovereignty movement.

Johnson was elected president of the lobby group Entartistes threw a cream pie in his face.[1]

In 2005, Johnson authored a book on then Leader of the Official Opposition and current Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper. He also translated from the French language to English the 2006 book Young Trudeau: Son of Quebec, Father of Canada, 1919-1944 by Max and Monique Nemni.

Bibliography

  • Anglophobie Made in Québec (1991) ISBN 2-7604-0399-8
  • A Canadian Myth, Quebec, between Canada and the Illusion of Utopia (1994) ISBN 1-895854-08-3
  • Stephen Harper and the Future of Canada (2005). Douglas Gibson Books. ISBN 0-7710-4350-3

References

  1. ^ a b Johnson, William (2009-06-16). "The great big stew".  
  2. ^ "Alliance Quebec chief warns of "plot" to silence anglo hardliners".  
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