Reg Whitaker

Columnist

Reg Whitaker is Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus at York University and Adjunct Professor of Political Science at the University of Victoria. A frequent commentator on public affairs, his most recent book is Secret Service: Political Policing in Canada from the Fenians to Fortress America, which was awarded the Canada Prize by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences as the best English-language book in social sciences in 2012; was the runner-up for the John A. Macdonald Prize in Canadian History; and was shortlisted for the Donald Smiley Prize for Political Science and the J.W. Dafoe Prize. Other books include The End of Privacy, which has also appeared in French, Spanish, German and Korean editions; Canada’s Cold War; Cold War Canada; Double Standard; A Sovereign Idea; and The Government Party. He was an adviser and contributor to the Maher Arar and the Air India commissions of inquiry and chaired an advisory panel to the government of Canada on aviation security that reported to Parliament in 2006.