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Lewis’ Power, Prime Ministers and the Press a must-read for Hill journalists

By Alex Marland      

Power, Prime Ministers and the Press is organized as 30 snappy chapters divided into 10 chronological sections. Reflecting on politics can be cathartic for those who bear witness to history. Journalists see how news is constructed. They interact with politicians and other journalists who are giants in Canadian political life. They are on the frontlines of reporting events and uncovering information that would otherwise be hidden from public view.

Robert Lewis is a former Ottawa correspondent and retired editor-in-chief of Maclean’s magazine. His book is a collection of stories about the careers of formidable members of the gallery. The profiles are buttressed by observations about a selection of former prime ministers. It is a biographical storytelling journey that recognizes the human dimensions of political reporting. Photo handout

ST. JOHN’S—There is a lot of reflection on Parliament Hill these days as the buildings are vacated for restoration. Many of those memories and stories will never be known to a wider audience or stand the test of time unless the recollections are published. This is especially true for the members of the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery who have many interesting experiences in the corridors of power.

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