TORONTO -- Jeffrey Simpson has won the $50,000 Donner Prize for his book, Chronic Condition: Why Canada's Health Care System Needs to be Dragged into the 21st Century.
The book, published by Allen Lane Canada, was chosen from a list of 60 submissions by a five-member jury.
In Chronic Condition, Simpson probes Canada's health-care crisis and predicts the long-term ramifications of inaction on key policy issues.
Simpson, a columnist with the Globe & Mail, has written eight books previously and secured the Governor General's Literary Award for Discipline of Power.
Established in 1998, the Donner recognizes "excellence and innovation" in Canadian public policy thinking, writing and research.
The other nominated titles were: Sante: l'heure de choix by Claude Castonguay (Les Editions du Boreal); Hunter in the Balance: The New Politics of International Food Aid by Jennifer Clapp (Cornell University Press); and Let the Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark: The West Versus the Rest Since Confederation by Mary Janigan (Knopf Canada).
Each nominee will receive $7,500.
-- The Canadian Press