University of Saskatchewan professor David E. Smith has won the $35,000 Donner Prize for his book “The People’s House of Commons: Theories of Democracy in Contention.”The prize, now in its tenth year, is given to the best book on Canadian public policy. Jury chairman Grant Reuber praised Smith’s book.
“I am unaware of any other recent book that deals as effectively with the critical public policy issue of how we govern ourselves,” he said.
Smith’s book was chosen from 69 submissions and a short list of five.
The other shortlisted books were: “Enter the Babylon System: Unpacking Gun Culture From Samuel Colt to 50 Cent,” by Rodrigo Bascunan and Christian Pearce; “Young Thugs: Inside the Dangerous World of Canadian Street Gangs,” by Michael C. Chettleburgh; “Fueling Our Future: An Introduction to Sustainable Energy,” by Robert L. Evans; and “The Unexpected War: Canada in Kandahar,” by Janice Gross Stein and Eugene Lang.
-with a report from CP