Norman Spector was born in Montreal in 1949 and received his BA (Honours) in political science from McGill University; as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, his Masters of Philosophy and Ph.D. from Columbia University; and, as a Newhouse Fellow, his M.S. degree in television, film and radio from Syracuse University.

He entered the Ontario public service in 1975, eventually becoming executive director at the Ministry of Transportation and Communications. From 1982-86, he served as deputy minister to B.C. premier Bill Bennett.

In August 1986, Dr. Spector went to Ottawa as secretary to the cabinet for federal-provincial relations. Four years later he was seconded from the public service to serve as chief of staff to Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. In February 1992, he was appointed ambassador of Canada to Israel (also responsible for relations with the Palestinian Authority) and high commissioner to Cyprus.

He returned to Canada in August 1995 to resume his career as a deputy minister, when Prime Minister Jean Chrétien appointed him president of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. He resigned from the public service a year later and became publisher of the Jerusalem Post in May 1997, after a brief stint as VP, Corporate Affairs, at ITL in Montreal.

He is now a syndicated columnist and a frequent commentator on television and radio in both English and French.


Chronicle of a War Foretold (D&M, 2003)

[BCBW 2004] "War" "Politics"