Graham Steele is nominated for the Writers' Trust Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing for his book What I Learned About Politics: Inside the Rise - and Collapse - of Nova Scotia's NDP Government. I didn't get into politics to be part of the best opposition Nova Scotia ever had. After eight years of provincial NDP leader Darrell Dexter's slow, patient build, I'd had enough of waiting. I told my wife that if we didn't win the 2009 election, I wouldn't run again. We did win, and we won decisively.
Graham Steele was a member of the Nova Scotia legislature from 2001 to 2013. He was the Minister of Finance and Minister of Acadian Affairs (2009–2012), and Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism (2013) in the Darrell Dexter government. Before entering politics, Steele worked as a lawyer and was a Rhodes Scholar. He is now a Nova Scotia political analyst for CBC and lives in Halifax. His book What I Learned About Politics: Inside the Rise - and Collapse - of Nova Scotia's NDP Government is nominated for the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing.
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