Irving vs. Irving

Canada's Feuding Billionaires and the Stories They Won't Tell

Publisher: Penguin Canada
The inside story of how these ambitious, often ruthless entrepreneurs came to dominate the economic and political affairs of Atlantic Canada, and how they learned to love the property that perplexed them most: their media monopoly
     They are Canada's third wealthiest family and one of the largest private landowners in the U.S.A. ... And yet they operate almost entirely in secret.
     They are the Irvings. And they have always placed a premium on discretion and family unity. They built their empire--which includes Canada's largest refinery, soon to be linked by pipeline to Alberta's oil fields--by remaining private. The Irvings also control all of New Brunswick's English daily newspapers, which often allowed the family's business pursuits to escape journalistic scrutiny. In Irving vs. Irving, veteran journalist Jacques Poitras tells the story of how these ambitious, often ruthless entrepreneurs came to dominate the economic and political affairs of Atlantic Canada, and how they learned to love the property that perplexed them most: their media monopoly.

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The newspapers would eventually falter in telling that story of family upheaval and business transformation, because they were inextricably part of it. Next to the other Irving operations − pulp mills, the oil refinery, logging operations, trucking, shipbuilding – the papers were tiny. But K.C.’s death,...
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"Deftly recounts the tale of Canada's third-richest family." --The Chronicle-Herald

"Since the Irvings ... own most of the province's newspapers, there were always questions about how the family's business was being covered by the press. In Irving vs. Irving ... Poitras attempts to set the record straight." --Maclean's


"A thorough ... often amusing look at a province where economy is massively reliant on a single family and where the family, its billions aside, persists in seeing itself as a humble lot trying to earn 'enough for a hamburger now and again.'" --Toronto Star