Finalist for the 2016 John W. Dafoe book prize for non-fiction
Winner of the 2015 Errol Sharpe book prize
There is sudden interest in my 1986 article, Class, Nationality and the Roots of the Branch Plant Economy. Something in the zeitgeist? Perhaps it’s because the pandemic has shown the importance of governments protecting the national public interest. Click to read below:
My hopeful op ed in the Toronto Star (Sep 13, 2020):
Muskoka’s image is that of the playground of the super-rich. Yet it has the 2nd lowest, per-capita income in Ontario. The op ed was written for permanent residents of Muskoka and those who want to visit it with a low environmental footprint. It has universal application for ways to connect big cities to nearby rural centres.
WHO I AM
Gordon Laxer is the founding Director and former head of Parkland Institute at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Parkland is a non-corporate research institute that does public policy research to serve the public interest. When the Conservatives ruled Alberta, the Globe and Mail called Parkland Alberta’s ‘unofficial opposition’. Parkland’s mission has been to change the political culture of Alberta.
Gordon is a Political Economist and professor emeritus at the University of Alberta. He is the author of After the Sands. Energy and Ecological Security for Canadians (Sept 2015) Douglas & McIntyre He is also author or editor of five other books, including Open for Business: The Roots of Foreign Ownership in Canada (Oxford Univ Press), which received the John Porter Award for best book written about Canada. He has published over 40 journal articles and refereed book chapters and reports.
Gordon was the Principal Investigator of a $1.9 million research project: Neoliberal Globalism and its Challengers: Reclaiming the Commons in the Semi-periphery (2000-2006).
Gordon is a socially-engaged, public intellectual. His op eds have been published in the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the Edmonton Journal, the Calgary Herald, the Montreal Gazette, the Vancouver Sun, the Province (Vancouver), the Winnipeg Free Press, the Victoria Times Colonist, the Hill Times, the Saint John Chronicle Herald, the St. John’s Telegram, Canadian Dimension, and other publications. He has been interviewed a number of times on venues such as the CBC’s The Current, As it Happens, and the House. He served on the board of the Council of Canadians from 2004 to 2009.