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Queen's University

Series of reflections and papers on Sir John A. Macdonald and federalism

On January 10, 2013, the Institute of Intergovernmental Affairs co-hosted a conference on Sir John A. Macdonald and federalism with the Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission in Kingston. 

Should scholars who did not present at the conference wish to send us papers on the subject, we will be pleased to review them for possible inclusion on the site.

Title                            Paper Number Author

Understanding Today by Starting

With Old Tomorrow

Sir John A. 2013-01 Hugh Mellon Download


Macdonald and Federalism: A Special Conference

Kingston, Ontario - 10 January 2013

The Honourable Peter Milliken, Fellow of the Queen’s University School of Policy Studies and Patron of the Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission, and André Juneau, Director of the Queen’s University Institute for Intergovernmental Relations cordially invite you to attend Macdonald and Federalism: A Special Conference on January 10, 2012 at the historic Grand Theatre in Kingston, Ontario. Prize-winning Macdonald biographer Richard Gwyn will deliver the luncheon keynote speech and afternoon panelists include Professor Patrice Dutil of Ryerson University, Professors Kathy Brock and Jonathan Rose of Queen’s University, the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Government House Leader, Government of Canada, and Professor Hugh Mellon of the Western University's King’s University College.

We are also pleased to offer guests a ticket to the evening performance of Sir John Eh? The Musical. It’s a love story, a ghost story, a rollicking comedy, a tale of scandal and great achievement – not without tears. The story of Sir John A. Macdonald, warts and all.

Macdonald and Federalism: A Special Conference has received generous support from the Community Foundation for Kingston and Area as part of preparations for the 200th anniversary of Sir John A. Macdonald’s birth in 2015.

Please click here for the agenda .

Registration is now closed. Thanks for your interest! 


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