Award-winning journalist David Akin covers Canadian federal and electoral politics and is currently Chief Political Correspondent for Global News where his work is featured on Global National, on Global News programs across the country, on Corus Radio stations and at Globalnews.ca.
Akin’s reporting has literally taken him around the world. He has covered Canadian politicians at G7 and G20 summits in St. Petersburg, Russia, Perth, Australia; Kampala, Uganda, and Seoul, South Korea. He has also reported from Tahrir Square during the Arab Spring of 2011; from post 9/11 terror trials at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and was in Rome in 2013 to cover the election of Pope Francis.
He has covered 19 federal and provincial elections.
In his 35-year journalism career, Akin has been a member of the inaugural staff of the National Post, was a contributing writer for The Globe and Mail, and served as Parliamentary Bureau Chief for Sun Media. He has also been a parliamentary correspondent for CTV National News.
He has long been one of Canada’s journalism pioneers when it comes to exploring ways to use digital and social media as well as computer-assisted tools for newsgathering and publishing.
Akin received the 2017 National Newspaper Award for political reporting for breaking the news about Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s 2017 Christmas holiday at the Aga Khan’s island in the Bahamas, a series of stories that led to Trudeau becoming the first prime minister in history to have been found to have broken a federal statute. Akin is also the recipient of a Gemini Award (now known as the Canadian Screen Awards) for his television reporting.
Akin was born in Montreal and studied history at the University of Guelph. He lives near Ottawa with his wife and two children and enjoys cross-country skiing, golf, and collecting Canadian stamps.
David Akin argues Canada’s 2019 federal election features a four-way race in Vancouver Island, two-way fights in suburban Toronto and other regional showdowns. Continue reading →
NDP Leader Wab Kinew plans to overturn most of Premier Brian Pallister health care reforms, while Pallister warns of the bad old days under earlier Manitoba NDP governments. Continue reading →
Liberal MPs made 4,545 spending commitments worth $12.8 billion — just in August. Conservatives say Liberals are campaigning on the taxpayer’s dime. Continue reading →
On the eve of the 2019 election call, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has failed to find candidates to stand with him in more than half of Canada’s 338 ridings. Continue reading →
The Trudeau Liberals are making spending commitments at a significantly higher pace than the Harper Conservatives did before the 2015 election, a Global News analysis shows. Continue reading →
Even though Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was found to have broken the Conflict of Interest Act (again), voter intention numbers have hardly budged. Continue reading →
Last week alone, the federal Liberals made 595 spending commitments worth a combined $4.9 billion. Continue reading →
As they do every summer, cabinet ministers are criss-crossing the country, making speeches and spending money. But in this pre-election period, their travel is coming under new scrutiny. Continue reading →
Ridings held by Liberals tend to have the highest percentage of transit users and the longest commute times, while in Conservative ridings, the car is king. Continue reading →
The Trudeau Liberals are defending a cabinet minister’s business promotion trip to China while China has two Canadians — including a business operator — in jail. Continue reading →
The Green Party has a unique and historic opportunity ahead of this fall’s election. But the Liberals are ready to fend off any threat from the Greens on their progressive flank. Continue reading →
If the Canadian government tried to influence Meng Wanzhou’s extradition proceeding, it would be caving to a Chinese bully and betraying an American friend, writes David Akin. Continue reading →
Doug Ford dumps his finance minister not even three months after tabling the budget and elevates two rising stars, Rod Phillips and Stephen Lecce. Continue reading →
With the U.S. departure from the UN Human Rights Council, Ian Shugart, then Canada’s deputy minister of foreign affairs, saw an opening — but also saw a risk. Continue reading →
The premiers of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario New Brunswick and the Northwest Territories have told Trudeau that two pieces of federal legislation could hobble Canada’s resource sector if passed. Continue reading →