Gwyn, Richard John Philip Jermy

Richard John Philip Jermy Gwyn, journalist, author (b at Bury St Edmunds, Eng 26 May 1934). A graduate of Sandhurst, Gwyn immigrated to Canada in 1954, and from 1956 to 1967 pursued a career in journalism, primarily as a parliamentary correspondent. In 1968 he abandoned journalism to become executive assistant to Eric KIERANS, then minister of communications at Ottawa, and 2 years later was appointed director-general of social and economic planning in the Dept of Communications.

In 1973 Gwyn resumed his journalistic career, now as syndicated national affairs columnist for the Toronto Star. By his commentary there and on frequent appearances on radio and television public affairs programs, he quickly established himself as one of the country's pre-eminent political analysts. He has published several books, including biographies of Joey Smallwood and Pierre Trudeau and, more recently, The 49th Paradox (1985). In 1985 he was transferred to London to serve as European correspondent and returned to Toronto in 1992.