Jeffrey has been the national affairs columnist with The Globe and Mail since 1984, over which time has grown to become one of the most knowledgeable commentators on Canadian affairs. As one of the nations most respected journalists, Jeffrey is frequently featured at major conferences and political debates in Canada and around the globe. Born in New York, Mr. Simpson came to Canada when he was 10 years old and studied at the University of Toronto Schools, Queen’s University and the London School of Economics. In 1972-73, he received a parliamentary internship scholarship in Ottawa. A year later, he joined The Globe and Mail.
His career with the newspaper began at City Hall in Toronto and with coverage of Quebec politics. In 1977, he became a member of the paper’s Ottawa bureau, and eighteen months later he was named The Globe and Mail’s Ottawa bureau chief. From 1981-1983, Jeffery served as The Globe’s European correspondent based in London, England. He began writing his national affairs column in January, 1984.
Simpson has published multiple books — including Discipline of Power (1980); Spoils of Power (1988); Faultlines, Struggling for a Canadian Vision (1993); The Anxious Years (1996); Star-Spangled Canadians (2000); The Friendly Dictatorship: Reflections on Canadian Democracy (2001); Hot Air: Meeting Canada’s Climate Change Challenge (2007) and Chronic Condition (2012).
Millions of Canadians read his highly respected national affairs column in The Globe and Mail and watch his commentary on CBC Television news.
Simpson’s presentations are alive with the same unique and thought-provoking insight as his columns. With clarity and detail, he offers a concise interpretation of Canada and the world around us.
He also acts as senior fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.