Keith Spicer
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Keith Spicer

About The Author

Keith Spicer, born in Toronto, taught political science at several universities, including the University of Toronto, UCLA, Dartmouth College (N.H.) and the Sorbonne (Paris III). He was a Canadian newspaper, magazine, radio and TV journalist for 30 years, working as an editorial-writer at the Toronto Globe and Mail, editor-in-chief of the Ottawa Citizen, and syndicated political columnist. He hosted radio and TV shows on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio-Canada, Radio-Québec and TV Ontario.

His public-service jobs included being Canada’s first national Commissioner of Official Languages (ombudsman for language rights), Chairman of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (national regulatory body), and Chairman of the constitution-related Citizens’ Forum on Canada’s Future.

After moving to Paris permanently in 1996, he consulted on Internet strategies for Ernst & Young. Then he founded the Institute for Media, Peace and Security of the UN-linked University for Peace (Costa Rica), where he still occasionally teaches. Since 2003, he has been the Ottawa Citizen’s Europe columnist and a member of the editorial board of Ilissos - Lettre sur la liberté en action.

He has written six books, one on international affairs, one on Quebec, two on corporate communications, one book of memoirs, and Paris Passions.