About Us

For nearly thirty years, the LRC has been a journal of ideas for Canadians who read.

P.A. Dutil, a political scientist and historian, launched the magazine in 1991. Originally a kitchen table venture, it filled a serious void in Canada’s cultural landscape, providing a space for the country’s best and emerging writers to reflect deeply on politics, philosophy, science, history, culture, and literature. With the help of volunteers, Dutil attracted a small but influential readership. He sold the LRC to Carleton University Press in 1996.

Two years later, a team of editors and co-publishers, including David Berlin, took over the magazine. In 2003, Bronwyn Drainie, a former host of CBC’s Sunday Morning, started a twelve-year tenure. She was followed by Sarmishta Subramanian in 2016. Kyle Wyatt is the current editor-in-chief.

At a time when books coverage is shrinking dramatically, the LRC stands tall on newsstands across the country, representing the widest possible range of Canada’s intellectual output. Rather than break news, its essays, book reviews, poems, and original illustrations provide relevant cultural context to help make sense of the news that is broken.



With Thanks to Our Supporters

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We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund (CPF) of the Department of Canadian Heritage towards our web development costs.

Nous reconnaissons l’appui financier du gouvernement du Canada par l’entremise du Fonds du Canada pour les périodiques, qui relève de Patrimoine canadien, pour les coûts reliés à la conception de notre site web.