Jeffrey Simpson to speak in Moncton on New Brunswick’s health-care challenges

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One of Canada’s most respected authors and political commentators is coming to Moncton to speak on the challenges facing health care in New Brunswick. Jeffrey Simpson, national affairs columnist for The Globe and Mail for nearly 30 years, will be the guest speaker at the Greater Moncton Sunrise Rotary Club’s upcoming Distinguished Speakers Breakfast Series on Tuesday, March 26.

Last fall, Mr. Simpson released his eighth book, Chronic Condition: Why Canada’s Health-Care System Needs to be Dragged into the 21st Century, where he meets health-care head on and explores the only four options he sees to end the growing crisis in the industry: cuts in spending, tax increases, privatization, and reaping savings through increased efficiency.

The event will be held in the main ballroom of the Delta Beauséjour, 750 Main Street, Moncton, with doors opening at 7 a.m. and breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m. The event will wrap up by 9 a.m. Mr. Simpson will also be signing books following the event. Tickets are $40 per person and are available by contacting a member of the Greater Moncton Sunrise Rotary Club, or by requesting a ticket purchase form by emailing Tickets may also be purchased by calling Kim Eagles at 506-854-7600.

“The Greater Moncton Sunrise Rotary Club is excited about the opportunity to present Jeffrey Simpson to Greater Moncton’s business community,” said Russ Mallard, president of the Greater Moncton Sunrise Rotary Club. “This is the second in our Distinguished Speakers Breakfast Series, building on the excitement of David Ganong’s presentation last year.”

Mr. Simpson has won all three of Canada’s leading literary prizes – the Governor General’s Award for non-fiction book writing, the National Magazine Award for political writing, and the National Newspaper Award for column writing. He has also won the Hyman Solomon Award for excellence in public policy journalism. In January 2000, he became an Officer of the Order of Canada.

In addition to his latest book on health care, he has written or co-written seven other books: Discipline of Power, winner of the 1980 Governor General’s Award for non-fiction (1980); Spoils of Power (1988); Faultlines, Struggling for a Canadian Vision (1993); The Anxious Years (1996); Star-Spangled Canadians (2000); The Friendly Dictatorship (2001); and Hot Air: Meeting Canada’s Climate Change Challenge (co-authored with Mark Jaccard and Nic Rivers) (2007).

Mr. Simpson has written numerous magazine articles for such publications as Saturday Night, The Report on Business Magazine, The Journal of Canadian Studies, The Queen’s Quarterly. He has spoken at dozens of major conferences here and abroad on a variety of domestic and international issues. He has also been a regular contributor to television programs in both English and French and completed a two-hour documentary for CBC to accompany his book, Star-Spangled Canadians.

He has been a guest lecturer at such universities as Oxford, Edinburgh, Harvard, Princeton, Brigham Young, Johns Hopkins, Maine, California plus more than a dozen universities in Canada. He was won the Arthur Kroeger Award for Public Discourse and the Charles Lynch Award for outstanding coverage of national affairs and the Pollution Probe award for contributions to environmental leadership.

About Rotary

Chartered in January 2012, the Greater Moncton Sunrise Rotary Club is the newest Rotary Club in District 7810 (New Brunswick and Eastern Maine). The club currently has approximately 30 members. Despite its young age, the club’s efforts have raised more than $17,500 for community and international causes, including Food Depot Alimentaire and the Boys and Girls Club of Moncton. The club may be found on Facebook or on Twitter. New members are always welcome. Email for more information.

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