Svend Robinson

Svend Robinson

A Life in Politics

Book - 2013
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Finalist, Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize

Few politicians have enraged opponents, frustrated colleagues and polarized Canadians like Svend Robinson -- but few embraced the causes he did. Over his twenty-five years as a New Democrat MP, Robinson was imprisoned for blocking loggers from clear-cutting in Clayoquot Sound, assaulted by police while protesting at the 2001 Summit of the Americas, expelled from foreign countries for defending human rights, and harassed after coming out as Canada's first openly gay MP. Robinson always took his ideals to the front lines, helping to define the Canadian left.

Though his brash tactics dominated headlines, Robinson's full story has not yet been told. In this in-depth biography, Graeme Truelove explores an accomplished life and career, including Robinson's difficult childhood, his growing realization of his own sexuality, and the bipolar diagnosis which followed his baffling, career-ending theft of a diamond ring. A portrait emerges of a complex figure -- driven, gifted, visionary and flawed -- who challenged his country and continues to make his indelible mark on the world.
Publisher: Vancouver, British Columbia :, New Star Books,, 2013
ISBN: 9781554200726
Branch Call Number: ANF 971.064092 TRU
Characteristics: 346 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm


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Mar 27, 2014

This was a wonderful and inspiring biography of former MP Svend Robinson. Author Graeme Truelove provides readers with a rich context for understanding both the personal life challenges Robinson faced as well as much of the background of his work to advance a host of social justice issues.

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