Dennis Gruending is an Ottawa-based writer, a former Member of Parliament and author of the blogs Pulpit and Politics and Great Canadian Speeches. He has worked as a print, radio and television journalist, as radio host and has written or edited seven books.
His book Pulpit and Politics: Competing Religious Ideologies in Canadian Public Life, examines the growing competition between religious progressives and conservatives for power and influence in Canadian politics. His anthology Great Canadian Speeches was a best seller and his next book, Speeches That Changed Canada, will be published in the spring of 2018. Dennis has also written biographies of Emmett Hall, whose Royal Commission recommended Medicare for Canada, and of former Saskatchewan premier Allan Blakeney.
Dennis holds an Honours degree in English literature from the University of Saskatchewan and a Masters degree in journalism from Carleton University in Ottawa. His pieces also appear regularly on Rabble.ca.