John Ivison, who was born in Robbie Burns’ home town of Dumfries, Scotland, came to Canada in 1996 after reporting for The Scotsman newspaper in Edinburgh. He started as a journalist at The Financial Post, where he spent five years and held the position of deputy editor. After covering Queen’s Park, Mr. Ivison was dispatched to Ottawa. As columnist for one of Canada’s national newspapers, Mr. Ivison has a high soapbox. He’s also one of the herd of journalists who frequently pops up on TV news network political panels, such as Evan Solomon’s Power and Politics. Mr. Ivison puts a lot of effort into covering foreign policy issues. His columns are well-written, eclectic, and unpredictable. He delves into serious policy issues at the national level but sometimes takes a tough look at provincial issues, such as the way Ontario runs its lottery and gambling operations. Mr. Ivison has a strong presence on Twitter and blogs on the National Post’s Full Comment web page.