Institute of Intergovernmental Relations


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.

Title Paper Number Author
Understanding Today by Starting With Old Tomorrow Sir John A. 2013-01 Hugh Mellon

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Macdonald and Federalism: A Special Conference

Kingston, Ontario - 10 January 2013

Macdonald and Federalism conference program


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 co-hosted Macdonald and Federalism: A Special Conference on January 10, 2012 at the historic Grand Theatre in Kingston, Ontario. Prize-winning Macdonald biographer Richard Gwyn delivered the luncheon keynote speech and afternoon panelists included 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.

Guests also attended 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 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.