Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

March 10, 2009 10:00 ET

Minister Moore Congratulates the 2009 Lionel Gelber Prize finalists

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 10, 2009) - I am pleased to congratulate the finalists for the Lionel Gelber Prize. This prize is awarded to authors of studies and essays written in English that aim to stimulate discussion on issues of worldwide interest. Lionel Gelber, the Canadian who founded the prize, had a distinguished career as a diplomat, author, and expert in politics and foreign affairs.

The five 2009 finalists are Bill Emmott, Lawrence Freedman, Misha Glenny-McMafia, Ahmed Rashid, and Fareed Zakaria. Their works, which deal with the themes of war, terrorism, and international crime, promote better understanding around the world of the major issues of our time.

For 19 years, the Lionel Gelber Foundation has helped raise the profile of authors and has encouraged the commitment of citizens to their community and to nations worldwide. The foundation awards the Lionel Gelber Prize in partnership with the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto and the Washington-based magazine Foreign Policy.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I wish to congratulate this year's finalists and all writers who are committed to sharing their knowledge, concerns, and hopes with readers in Canada and abroad.

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