Allan Fotheringham

Allan Fotheringham, columnist, author, humourist (b Murray Allan Scott at Hearne, Sask 31 Aug 1932).

Allan Fotheringham

Allan Fotheringham, columnist, author, humourist (b Murray Allan Scott at Hearne, Sask 31 Aug 1932). As Canada's best-read political columnist, and combining a vivid comic sense with the instincts of a superb reporter, Fotheringham has produced some of the funniest, most penetrating political commentary of his generation.

After graduation from the University of British Columbia in 1954 (where he edited the student newspaper, the Ubyssey), he joined the Vancouver Sun as a sportswriter. In 1959 he began writing a daily column. At first his beat was City Hall, but his acerbic wit was soon directed at larger targets: provincial politicians and their counterparts in Ottawa and Washington. He left the Sun after a dispute with the publisher and joined Southam News Service as Ottawa columnist.

In 1984 Fotheringham became Southam's Washington correspondent, but he continued to comment on the Canadian scene in his widely read column in Maclean's magazine. He is the author of three best-selling books: Malice in Blunderland (1982), Look Ma ... No Hands (1983) and Capitol Offences: Dr Foth Meets Uncle Sam (1986). He was a resident panelist of CBC-TV's Front Page Challenge.

See also Essay in English.