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Dennis Gruending is an Ottawa-based writer and blogger and a former Member of Parliament.
Dennis Gruending.

I am a Canadian writer and blogger, and a former MP. This site reflects my interests in politics, social justice, rhetoric and books.  You will see on the sidebar that I write two Blogs which I invite you to follow.  I have written or edited eight Books, which I would be delighted to have you read. Some of my  Journalism is posted on the site as well. Please check out my What’s New, What’s Popular  sections below to see what I am following and writing. You can also follow my Quotable Quotes. I refresh this page regularly. If you would like to receive an email when I do, please Contact Me and I will add you to the list.

What’s New?

Residential schools: There is heart wrenching news that remains of 215 Indigenous children have been detected by ground-penetrating radar at the former Indian residential school in Kamloops, B.C. Here is a good CBC News backgrounder.

Medicare: In May 1962, Saskatchewan’s Premier Woodrow Lloyd spoke to a room filled with hostile doctors about why his government was introducing North America’s first publicly-funded medical care insurance plan.

What’s Popular? 

Truth and Reconciliation Commission: The TRC released its report in June 2015. I wrote this piece on the eve of that release.

TRC and churches: An entire section of the TRC report’s recommendations were aimed at churches and their members.   

Quotable Quote:

“We did not weave the web of life, we are merely a strand of it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves” – Chief Seattle, USA