Dennis Gruending is an Ottawa-based writer, a former Member of Parliament and author of the blogs Great Canadian Speeches and Pulpit and Politics. He has worked as a print, radio and television journalist, as radio host, and has written or edited eight books. The most recent is Speeches That Changed Canada being published in spring 2018 by Fitzhenry & Whiteside.
His anthology Great Canadian Speeches was a best seller. His book Pulpit and Politics: Competing Religious Ideologies in Canadian Public Life, examined the growing competition between religious progressives and conservatives for power and influence in Canadian politics. 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.