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Ryan Manucha wins 2022 Donner Prize

Donner 2022 winner Ryan Manucha (right) with Anita Winsor, governor of the Donner Canadian Foundation, and Gregory Belton, chair of the Donner Canadian Foundation. (Tom Pandi)

Ryan Manucha was awarded the 2022 Donner Prize at a gala in Toronto on May 18.

Manucha won the $60,000 prize for his book Booze, Cigarettes and Constitutional Dust-Ups: Canada’s Quest for Interprovincial Free Trade (McGill-Queen’s University Press). In their citation, the jury (comprised of Louise Fréchette, Jean-Marie Dufour, Jack Mintz, Maureen O’Neil, Karen Restoule, and Frederic Wien), lauded the book for “making internal free trade lively with clear explanations and relevant anecdotes, an excellent review of the development of internal trade policy, as well as guidance on future policy developments in the years to come.”

Manucha’s book was one of five shortlisted for the annual prize that recognizes the best book about public policy written by a Canadian. The other shortlisted authors — Joseph Heath, John Lorinc, Stephen Poloz, and Kent Roach — each received $7,500.

On Twitter, Manucha said he was “so grateful to the very many who made this possible.”