Canada Reads

Candy Palmater

Candy Palmater championed Katherena Vermette's novel The Break on Canada Reads 2017.
Candy Palmater is a comedian, lawyer and broadcaster. (CBC)

Candy Palmater defended The Break by Katherena Vermette on Canada Reads 2017. The book was eliminated on Day One of the debates.

In her own words: "I'm a gay Native recovered lawyer turned feminist comic, who was raised by bikers in the wilds of northern New Brunswick." Candy Palmater attended the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, where she is said to have been the first Aboriginal law student in Canada to be valedictorian of her graduating class. After a brief stint practicing labour and Aboriginal law, Palmater left for a job with the Nova Scotia government, which left her evenings free to pursue her comic ambitions. She created and wrote her own national TV show, The Candy Show, for APTN, and hosted the daily interview series The Candy Palmater Show on CBC Radio in 2016.