The First and Next 150 Years of Canadian Federalism: What’s Been Done? What’s to be Done? (Idée fédérale and the Institute for 21st Century Questions)

Date: Wednesday, Nov.22 2017 - Wednesday, Nov.22 2017
Location: Faculty Club, University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada)
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“The First and Next 150 Years of Canadian Federalism: What’s Been Done? What’s to be Done?”

« Les 150 premières et prochaines années du fédéralisme canadien : Qu’est-ce qui a été fait ? Qu’est-ce qui reste à faire ? »

(Idée fédérale/Institute for 21st Century Questions)

November 22, 2017 – Faculty Club, University of Toronto

(Working Programme)

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• 8:30-9:00
Word of welcome / Mot de bienvenue: Irvin Studin, Patrice Ryan
Opening Remarks: Alison Redford, Former Premier of Alberta

[Panel formats: 50-minute discussion among the panelists, followed by 25 minutes of questions from the audience]

• 9:00-10:15
Panel 1: Why has Canadian federalism lasted 150 years? / Pourquoi le fédéralisme canadien dure-t-il toujours après 150 ans?

Margaret MacMillan (Former Warden, St. Antony’s College, Oxford)
Jonathan Kay (National Post)
Alex Himelfarb (Fomer Clerk of the Privy Council)
George Elliott Clarke (Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada)
Pierre Pettigrew (Deloitte; Former Foreign Minister of Canada)

• 10:30-11:45
Panel 2: What works in Canadian federalism today? What does not work? / Qu’est-ce qui fonctionne dans la fédération canadienne aujourd’hui? Qu’est-ce qui fonctionne moins bien?

Guillaume Lavoie (École nationale d’administration publique, Montréal; Former City Councillor, Ville de Montréal)
James Moore (Chancellor, University of Northern British Columbia; Former Federal Minister of Canadian Heritage)
Douglas Sanderson (Faculty of Law, University of Toronto; Opaskwayak Cree Nation)

• 12:00-13:00
Lunch Keynote Speaker “The Pursuit of Science” – John Polanyi (Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry; University of Toronto)

• 13:15-14:30
Panel 3: What priorities for the immediate future of the federation? / Quelles priorités pour l’avenir immédiat de la fédération?

Stéphanie Chouinard (Royal Military College)
Richard Saillant (Moncton-based economist and author)
Shuvaloy Majumdar (MacDonald-Laurier Institute)

• 14:45-16:00
Panel 4: What’s to be done in the next 50 years? / Quoi faire au cours des 50 prochaines années?

Jackson Doughart (Telegraph Journal, New Brunswick)
Maria Banda (Graham Fellow, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto)
Jonathan Plamondon (Les Communes – The Commons, Montréal)
Alexandre Brassard (Université de Saint-Boniface, Manitoba)

• 16:00-17:00
Closing remarks and cocktail / conclusion et cocktail


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