André Pratte

Editorial Pages Editor (Éditorialiste en chef) at La Presse

André Pratte has been a journalist for 30 years. He has covered politics for most of his career, as a reporter, a columnist and an editor. He was named Editorial Pages Editor («Éditorialiste en chef») at La Presse in 2001. He has written six books on politics and the media, including Charest – His Life and Politics (Stoddart, 1998), and Wilfrid Laurier (Penguin Canada, 2011). He was editor of Reconquering Canada – Quebec federalists speak up for change (Douglas & McIntyre, 2008) a series of essays by a group of Québec federalists taking a fresh look at Québecers’ relationship with the rest of the country. Along with 11 other well known Quebecers including former Premier Lucien Bouchard, André Pratte was signatory to a manifesto which had a major political impact in Québec, For a clear eyed vision of Québec (2006). In 2007, 2008 and 2010, he won the Canadian Newspaper Award for best editorialist. He is one of the founders of The Federal Idea, a think tank on federalism (www.federalidea.ca). André lives in the Saint-Lambert, Québec with his wife, two children and Solo, an uncontrollable Airedale Terrier.

Most Recent Posts

Pratte: Should the World Bank consider non-Americans for its next president?

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March 19, 2012

Yes, the World Bank should consider non-Americans to replace Robert Zoellick. In fact, there are a couple of prominent candidates from the developing world. But it won’t happen. Developed countries, who finance the Bank’s International Development Association, will not relinquish control of these 30 billion dollars. The long standing understanding that Europe gets the IMF […]

Pratte: How should Canada respond to the rising violence in Syria?

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March 1, 2012

Help the Syrian people External Affairs minister John Baird is right to put the emphasis on preventing a humanitarian crisis in Syria and to reject the possibility of a military intervention. We have learned – or should have – that even in cases where a regime seems on the verge of collapsing, armed intervention is […]

The Canadian Forces are Royal… and Obese (Again)

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September 3, 2011

Much has been said about the Harper government’s decision to restore the traditional designations of the Canadian Forces, bringing back the word “royal” to the Canadian Navy and Canadian Air Force. Most Canadians had not heard of this as a pressing issue. No one seemed to ask for a solution to this non-existent problem. Yet, […]

Libya and Canada’s “new” foreign policy

Libya and Canada’s “new” foreign policy

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August 24, 2011

It is a question of days, if not hours, before Colonel Gadhafi’s regime is toppled by its numerous enemies. This would not have been achieved without the decisive support of NATO forces, including six Canadian fighter jets. In Monday’s Globe and Mail, we find two very different views about Canada’s participation in this UN sanctioned […]

Norway: Tweeting at the Speed of Light

Norway: Tweeting at the Speed of Light

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July 27, 2011

When I first heard of the explosion in downtown Oslo, I immediately created a column on my Tweetdeck for all tweets containing the hashtag #norway. The tweets started coming in so fast that it became impossible to read them all. A few came from witnesses of what had just happened. A great number expressed sympathy […]

Power Corrupts. Even the Fourth.

Power Corrupts. Even the Fourth.

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July 21, 2011

Politicians and journalists across the world are closely following the numerous turns in the phone-hacking scandal in England. The story is fascinating, involving, as it does, billionaires, prime ministers, private detectives, and … a pie-thrower. More importantly, though, these events have revealed how sick the media culture has become in the land of William and […]

Somalia: No Water. No Solution.

Somalia: No Water. No Solution.

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July 12, 2011

The Horn of Africa, especially war-torn Somalia, is again the scene of a humanitarian tragedy. The two last rain seasons have failed. Already extremely poor, peasants cannot grow anything. Their animals have died of thirst. Food prices have spiked. Thousands have no choice but to walk for days in the scorching heat in the hope […]

What future for the euro?

What future for the euro?

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July 5, 2011

A sovereign default seems increasingly probable for the bankrupt Greek state. Experts disagree about the consequences of such a scenario for the world economy. One thing seems certain: the future of the euro and of the European Union will be affected. The creation of a common currency for the European continent was an incredible success […]

God Save the Superstars!

God Save the Superstars!

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July 2, 2011

Roland Paris raises a very good point in his latest entry: why is it that most Canadians don’t care about the nationality of our head of state? Obviously, this is not an important issue for our daily lives. But symbolically it surely is. And symbols are oftentimes important. For instance, a truly Canadian head of […]

The Provocation Flotilla

The Provocation Flotilla

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June 28, 2011

Hundreds of pro-Palestinian militants will set sail this week for Gaza on board 7 to 10 ships. The Freedom Flotilla II is supposed to bring aid to the Gaza Palestinians but it is clear to all but a few that the mission is one of provocation. If the goal was really to deliver needed goods, […]

Questions on Libya and R2P

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June 20, 2011

I am honoured to be associated with three such experts. In fact, it is not really clear to me why I was asked to be part of this Roundtable. I am certainly no expert on international issues or Canadian foreign policy. True, as a journalist for now nearly 35 years, I have had to think […]