Eddie Goldenberg

Edward "Eddie" Goldenberg, CM is a Canadian writer and advisor. He served as a senior political advisor to Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien with Jean Pelletier and Aline Chrétien.[1] Described as Chrétien's "Machiavelli,"[2] from 1993 until 2003 he was chief policy advisor for Jean Chrétien,[3] becoming chief of staff in 2003.[4] Goldenberg’s 2006 memoir, The Way It Works, focused on his time in government.[5]

Eddie Goldenberg

9th Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister
In office
Prime MinisterJean Chrétien
Preceded byPercy Downe
Succeeded byTim Murphy
Personal details
Born1948 (age 71–72)
Montreal, Quebec
Alma materMcGill University


Goldenberg first worked for politician Jean Chrétien in 1972 with a summer internship after completing his first year at McGill University Faculty of Law.[2] Goldenberg later served as Prime Minister Chrétien's Chief of Staff during his term in office, before leaving to become a partner at the Ottawa office of law firm Stikeman Elliott LLP. Goldenberg later became a partner at Bennett Jones LLP.[6]

In 1990, Goldenberg was "co-ordinating the 10 policy groups that have been organized to brief Chrétien on various issues and to write speeches."[7] From 1993 until 2003 he was[3] Chrétien's long-time aid[8] and chief policy advisor.[9] He was involved with the government when the Kyoto Protocol was signed in 1998 and then signed in 2002, and later wrote on the matter.[10] He became the Prime Minister's Chief of Staff in 2003 and is one of the authors of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.[4]

He was a supporter of Bob Rae's bid to become Liberal leader in 2006.[11] He worked with Paul Martin, Terrie O’Leary and Chaviva Hosek "on finalizing the text of the famous Red Book, officially titled Creating Opportunity: The Liberal Plan for Canada."[12]

Goldenberg worked in the past for Power Corporation.[9] In 2018, he was a senior partner at Bennett Jones, LLP.[3] In 2019, he was still working with Jean Chretien on diplomatic matters with China.[13]

Goldenberg's The Way It Works bookEdit

Goldenberg is the author of The Way It Works, a book about his experiences working with Chrétien.[2] It focuses especially on 1993 until 2003 during Goldenberg's time as Senior Policy Advisor to Chrétien.[14] Goldenberg’s 2006 memoir, The Way It Works, was called by Maclean's "a bluntly realistic endorsement of the Savoie-Simpson thesis with none of the handwringing."[5] The memoir also covers Goldenberg's recollections of the writing process for 'the Red Book, which set the Liberal platform for the 1993 federal election.[15] In 2006, it was a finalist for the Shaughnessy Cohen Award for Political Writing.[16]

Publishing historyEdit

  • Author of The Way It Works[2] (September 18, 2007, ISBN 9780771035623)[16]


  1. ^ Allan Fotheringham, "Aline, the power player," Maclean's, December 11, 2000, vol. 113, issue 50, p. 68.
  2. ^ a b c d "Chrétien's Machiavelli". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2015-11-08.
  3. ^ a b c Canada still has a strong hand in NAFTA negotiations, Globe and Mail
  4. ^ a b Eddie Goldenberg, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
  5. ^ a b The PM as dictator, Literary Review of Canada
  6. ^ "Bennett Jones taps horsey set to land Dodge". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2015-11-08.
  7. ^ A Cool Hand at the Helm, Maclean's
  8. ^ A new guy and the Nervous Nellies, CBC
  9. ^ a b The players behind the scenes, The Globe and Mail
  10. ^ "Liberals knew Kyoto a long shot", The Star
  11. ^ "Let the real work begin". National Post. Retrieved 2015-11-08.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ Godfrey, J. (2009), "From defeat to victory?", Paediatrics & Child Health, NCBI, 14 (10): 656–657, doi:10.1093/pch/14.10.656, PMC 2807804, PMID 21119809
  13. ^ Chrétien proposes cancelling Meng's extradition case to unfreeze relations with China, The Globe and Mail
  14. ^ The Way It Works: Inside Ottawa, GoodReads
  15. ^ The Liberal Red Book: The Economist's Perspective, Global Economics by Patrick Grady
  16. ^ a b The Way It Works, Penguin Random House

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Political offices
Preceded by
Percy Downe
Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister's Office
Succeeded by
Tim Murphy