Jennifer Ditchburn is the editor-in-chief of Policy Options, the IRPP’s online policy forum. An award-winning parliamentary correspondent, Jennifer began her journalism career at the Canadian Press in Montreal as a reporter-editor during the lead-up to the 1995 referendum.  She went on to work in the agency’s Toronto and Edmonton bureaus before landing in the nation’s capital in 1997. From 2001 and 2006 she was a national reporter with CBC Television on Parliament Hill, and in 2006 she returned to the Canadian Press.  She is a three-time winner of a National Newspaper Award:  twice in the politics category, and once in the breaking news category together with colleagues from the Ottawa bureau of the Canadian Press. In 2015 she was awarded the prestigious Charles Lynch Award for outstanding coverage of national issues, and the same year, she was named one of the ten most influential Hispanic-Canadians. Jennifer has been a frequent contributor to television and radio public affairs programs, including CBC’s Power and Politics, the “At Issue” panel, and The Current. She holds a bachelor of arts from Concordia University, and a master of journalism from Carleton University.

Articles by this author

A budget of Sharpie markers and erasers

Introducing the Sharpie marker and eraser budget: The Sharpie part is the bold, exceedingly liberal social policy planning that the new government is introducing into the fiscal plan (a direction the NDP will find very …

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A good year for Canadian women

One of the most poignant moments of this emotionally charged week was Hillary Clinton’s message to the crestfallen young women of America who supported her bid for the presidency. “Now, I know we have still not …

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Budget 2017: Right road, low fuel

I’m going to borrow from some of the buzzwordy language in vogue with the government right now as a metaphor for Budget 2017 – it’s like an automated car that is probably going down the …

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Jennifer Ditchburn

[en]Jennifer Ditchburn is the editor-in-chief of Policy Options, the IRPP’s online policy forum. An award-winning parliamentary correspondent, Jennifer began her journalism career at the Canadian Press in Montreal as a reporter-editor during the lead-up to …

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Mike Duffy, ethics and accountability

It was completely by accident that Policy Options planned for a special feature on the Federal Accountability Act in the same week as the verdict in the Mike Duffy trial came down. On the surface, …

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Our constantly evolving Canadian values

Conservative leadership candidate Kellie Leitch says we need to have “tough conversations” on complex issues such as immigration, and where newcomers stand on “Canadian values.” She defines such values by outlining what they are not: …

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Policy thinking for the next 50 years

When Lester B. Pearson lit the Centennial Flame in front of Parliament Hill on December 31, 1966, Canada was on the cusp of major change in many areas. At that time, the country was still fundamentally …

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Une excellente année pour les Canadiennes

L’un des moments les plus poignants d’une semaine forte en émotions fut le message d’Hillary Clinton aux jeunes Américaines à l’air abattu qui avaient soutenu sa candidature. « C’est vrai, nous n’avons pu briser le plus haut …

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Vacation shaming our politicians

Remember the commercial for the Cadillac ELR Coupe a few years back, the one with the smarmy rich guy who makes fun of the French for taking so much vacation? “As for all the stuff, …

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