Power & Influence Summer 2016

Off Script: Yann Martel on being a concerned Canadian citizen, and a hypocrite

In this new P&I feature, Canadian authors talk policy, not prose. The author of Man Booker Prize-winning novel Life of Pi discusses the absurdity of flying 50-cent kiwis to Canada from New Zealand, and his hopes for the government to give Canadians a forceful push to live a more localized, environmentally-conscious lifestyle.

Yann Martel stands with his son in his backyard. Although he says he wants to live a more localized, environmentally-responsible lifestyle, he notes: 'I have two cars, four kids, a family of six… I live in a big house.' P&I Photograph courtesy of Emma Love

By ALLY FOSTER

PUBLISHED : Monday, July 11, 2016 12:00 AM

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