King's proudly presents an evening with Michael MacMillan January 20 at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall.

The University of King’s College and Samara Canada will co-present a lecture by Michael MacMillan, co-author of the national best-selling book Tragedy in the Commons.

Following the lecture on politics, power and political parties in Canada, Hon. Dr. Russell MacLellan, Hon. Dr. John Hamm, and Hon. Darrell Dexter, will join MacMillan to lead a panel discussion, including audience Q&A.

MacMillan will be introduced by King’s President Dr. George Cooper, former Conservative Member of Parliament, elected 1979.

“I’m excited to bring the Tragedy in the Commons book tour to Halifax. With this book, Alison and I hoped to start an important conversation about politics and leadership in Canada, and I’m thrilled to continue this discussion with three such esteemed Nova Scotian political leaders,” said MacMillan.

Michael MacMillan is the co-founder of Samara Canada, a non-partisan charity dedicated to reconnecting citizens to politics, and CEO of the Canadian based company Blue Ant Media. A recipient of the Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medals, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in December 2014. He was previously the Chairman and CEO of Alliance Atlantis Communications. MacMillan co-founded the original Atlantis Films in 1978, which won an Oscar in 1984 for its short film Boys and Girls. He is also co-owner of Closson Chase Winery, Ontario. He also has a daughter attending King’s.

Honourable Dr. Russell MacLellan (King’s graduate BA’ 62) was first elected to the House of Commons in 1979. He served 18 years as a Liberal MP until 1997, when he became leader of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party and Premier upon winning the 1998 election.

Honourable Dr. John Hamm (King’s graduate BSc ’58) led the Conservative Party through two successful consecutive elections, holding the office of Premier from 1999 -2005.

Honourable Darrel Dexter (King’s graduate BJ ’83) became the first Premier to lead the New Democratic Party to power in 2009.

After the panel discussion, there will be a short reception where Michael MacMillan will be available to sign books.