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IIGR 2017 State of the Federation Conference - "Canada at 150: Federalism and Democratic Renewal"

Friday, June 16, 2017 – Saturday, June 17, 2017 (all day)
Donald Gordon Centre
Room: Conference Room B
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Canada’s 150th anniversary provides an occasion to celebrate, take stock of, and critically reflect on the political institutions that serve the country’s people and provinces and territories. The Trudeau Liberals have overhauled the Senate appointment process, and re-engaged provinces after a decade of “open federalism”. This government has committed to formally extending intergovernmental relations to include Aboriginals, a change that may help repair relationships with Aboriginal peoples and honour the fundamental right to self-governance, and has put municipal governance in the reform agenda too. We are also witnessing attention to institutions with critical implications for federalism and the representation of provinces and territories, focussing on the Supreme Court and the electoral system.

Our distinguished roster of speakers will focus on enduring questions about the functioning of federalism and intergovernmental relations in Canada, including how we should evaluate the quality of Canada’s institutions and practices in light of our federal structure, and how current institutional arrangements and their possible alternatives fare according to these criteria.

there are various fee levels, depending on status of attendee
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