CTV announced yesterday that Justin Trudeau would host this year’s Scotiabank Giller Prize awards night. “I’ve always been a fan of Canadian literature,” declared Trudeau. “I think it’s important that we celebrate and highlight the extraordinary achievements of our own cultures.”
Note the plural “cultures.” Both Gaétan Soucy’s The Immaculate Conception and Pascale Quiviger’s The Perfect Circle are translations of their original French editions. The opportunity to recognize French-Canadian writers in this year’s list may have been fortunate for Trudeau, who also walked into the Liberal leadership candidates’ minefield over whether Quebec should or should not be formally recognized as a nation within Canada yesterday.
If Ben Mulroney covers the Giller night for CTV’s eTalk, let’s hope nobody mentions Meech Lake.
Click here for CTV’s Giller story