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Stephen Harper's Hockey Book Had A Ghostwriter? Globe Prints Correction

02/08/2013 07:55 EST | Updated 02/09/2013 09:12 EST
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The Globe and Mail issued a correction Friday after reporting that Stephen Harper's forthcoming book about the history of hockey had a ghostwriter.

The story originally described The Globe's Roy MacGregor as "ghostwriter" on the book. A correction was soon issued.

Editor’s note: Roy MacGregor acted as an editorial consultant on Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s hockey history book. An earlier version of this story referred to Mr. MacGregor as a "ghostwriter."

MacGregor seems to agree.

In an interview with Postmedia before The Globe's story came out, MacGregor said "I can guarantee you there’s no ghost."

That was a sentiment echoed by the Prime Minister's office on Friday, with director of communications Andrew MacDougall tweeting that The Globe's story was incorrect.

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MacGregor has served as a ghostwriter in the past, most famously for hockey legend Wayne Gretzky.

Harper, according to innumerable reports, has been working on the book for nearly a decade and reportedly spends 15 minutes each day on it. Harper's Twitter account even posted about the prime minister writing before bed during a recent "day in the life" social media push.

The focus of the Globe story was actually on a law instituted under Brian Mulroney's Conservative government that is, according to the paper, responsible for the book going to U.S. publisher Simon & Schuster as opposed to a Canadian company.

Michael Levine, the agent who brokered the deal for the book, called the story a "red herring" and emphasized that getting the book published simultaneously in the United States and Canada was his chief concern.

"[Simon & Schuster was] the only company that was prepared to give me a North American deal and, because this is about the early days of the NHL, I was absolutely concerned that it be international," Levine said on Friday.

Levine said Harper was "insulated" from the negotiations regarding the publisher.

The book will be released in both markets in November, 2013. It will also be published in French by the Quebec publisher Sogides, according to Levine.

The book still does not have a title, but will deal with the "intriguing, little-known story of the origins of professional hockey, where strong personalities and philosophies battled to define not only how the game would be played on ice, but by whom," according to a press release from the publisher.

"Writing this book has taught me a lot about hockey and a great deal more about Canada. I hope all who read the book enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the experience of writing it," Harper said, according to the release.

All the royalties from the book will go to helping military families in need through the Canadian Forces Personnel and Family Support Services.

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