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Published on Dec 1, 2009
"My Christian family was very formal and my Jewish family was very close and intimate"
James Laxer is one of Canada's leading political thinkers and the author of fourteen books. In 1969, he was one of the founders of the Waffle Group, Canada's largest New Left political movement. In 1971, at the age of 29, he ran second for the national leadership of the New Democratic Party. From 1978 to 1981, he was the host of TVO's interview program The Real Story. Between 1981 and 1983, Laxer was the research director of the federal New Democratic Party. A professor of political science at York University and a frequent commentator on the economy, he lives in Toronto. (Recorded on June 13, 2008)