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Queen's University

Fiscal Federalism and the Future of Canada

September 28-29, 2006 - Four Points Sheraton, Kingston

The 2007 federal budget is expected to make significant changes to Canada’s fiscal arrangements. At stake will be the fiscal position of the provinces and territories, and the values that underlie the Canadian economic and social union.

Two recent reports on fiscal issues – the Advisory Panel on Fiscal Imbalance by the Council of the Federation and the federally-appointed Experts’ Panel on Equalization – will be central to the public debate.

It is clear that subsequent initiatives and decisions relating to fiscal federalism will have important and immediate political consequences. Given that each of the provinces and regions has a unique economic base as well as distinct social and cultural characteristics, there is some risk that inter-provincial and interregional conflict will intensify in the future. This possibility highlights the federal government’s obligation to provide a unifying national role. At issue, however, is what strategy will be most effective in achieving this national goal.

The Institute of Intergovernmental Relations at Queen’s University will contribute to this discussion by hosting a conference on “Fiscal Federalism and the Future of Canada” at Kingston on Thursday, September 28 and Friday September 29, 2006 at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel. This conference will provide a forum in which to examine a wide range of themes in Canadian federalism and will hopefully stimulate and advance the public discourse around these timely issues.


Address by the Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance (English) (Francais)


  • Marc-Antoine Adam (Gouvernement du Québec, Visiting Fellow to the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations)

  • Robin Boadway (Queen's University)

  • Ken Boessenkool (Hill and Knowlton Alberta)

  • Paul Boothe (University of Alberta)

  • Tom Courchene (Queen's University)

  • Don Drummond (TD Bank Financial Group)

  • Robert Gagné (Co-Chair, COF Advisory Panel on Fiscal Imbalance)

  • Anne Golden (Conference Board of Canada)

  • John Honderich (Premier of Ontario's Special Advisor on the Future of Creative Cities)

  • Guy Laforest (Université Laval)

  • Harvey Lazar (University of Victoria)

  • Peter Leslie (Queen's University)

  • Janice MacKinnon (University of Saskatchewan)

  • Al O'Brien (Chair, Expert Panel on Equalization and Territorial Formula Financing)

  • Michael Smart (University of Toronto)

  • Jennifer Smith (Dalhousie University)

  • Janice Stein (Co-chair COF Advisory Panel on Fiscal Imbalance)

  • Jean-François Tremblay (University of Ottawa)

Conference Program

More details will follow, please check back periodically for updates.

The Institute gratefully acknowledges the support of the following sponsors:

Bell Canada     Government of Ontario    Forum of the Federations

Council of Ontario Universities
This seminar is part of the series, "Mobilizing Minds for a Better Ontario," presented by Ontario's Universities.

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000