Archived Conferences

Stabilizing Provincial Revenues: Economic, Political and Policy Perspectives Collection

How should Canadians mitigate and cope with severe shocks to provincial revenues? Should the federal government enhance nationwide insurance? Should the provinces limit and insure against provincial revenue volatility themselves? And how do we identify useful and politically acceptable policy solutions?

On April 17, 2019, the Queen’s Institute of Intergovernmental Relations brought together a group of economists, political scientists and policy experts to explore these and other issues related to provincial revenue shocks. The discussants and panellists were:

  • Robin Boadway (Professor Emeritus, Department of Economics, Queen’s University)
  • Tom Courchene (Professor Emeritus, Department of Economics and the School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University)
  • Adrienne Davidson (Skelton-Clark Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Political Studies, Queen's University)
  • Patrick Deutscher (Queen’s University; former Chief Economist of Ontario and former Assistant Deputy Minister in the Office of Economic Policy at the Ministry of Finance)
  • Kyle Hanniman (Assistant Professor, Department of Political Studies, Queen’s University)
  • Scott Matthews (Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Memorial University)
  • Trevor Tombe (Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Calgary)
  • Tracy Snoddon (Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University)

A number of panellists prepared summaries of their presentations, which can be found below:

Title Author/Editor Year
The Federal Response to Provincial Fiscal Shocks: Imperatives, Opportunities and Pitfalls [PDF 158KB] Robin Boadway, Queen's University 2019
Improving decision-making and debate around Canada's intergovernmental transfer system: The Potential of an Independent Council [PDF 199KB] Kyle Hanniman, Queen's University 2019
Public Opinion and Managing Subnational Fiscal Risks [PDF 194KB] J. Scott Matthews, Memorial University 2019
Stabilization Policy in Canada: A Proposal for Fiscal Reform [PDF 355KB] Trevor Tombe, University of Calgary 2019
Tackling Provincial Revenue Volatility  [PDF 202KB] Tracy Snodden, Wilfrid Laurier University 2019

Held Monday, April 17, 2019

Let's Talk: A Conversation about Canada and Quebec

On November 20, 2017, the Queen’s Institute of Intergovernmental Relations hosted a one-day workshop on the Québec government’s Policy on Québec Affirmation and Canadian Relations Quebecers, our way of being Canadian. The event, entitled Let’s Talk: A Conversation about Canada and Quebec, was sponsored by the Secrétariat du Québec aux relations canadiennes, and featured Jean Marc-Fournier, the Québec Minister responsible for Canadian Relations and the Canadian Francophonie.

Mr. Fournier participated in two panel discussions with six distinguished discussants. Topics included the merits, drawbacks and challenges of constitutional reform and recognition, self-determination, interculturalism and the federal spirit.

The discussants were:

  • Bob Rae (Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP, former Premier of Ontario, former Member of Parliament, Special Envoy to Myanmar);
  • Kathy Brock (Professor, School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University);
  • Peter Russell (Professor Emeritus, Political Science, University of Toronto);
  • Avigail Eisenberg (Professor, Political Science, University of Victoria);
  • Alain-G. Gagnon (Professeur, science politique, l’Université du Québec à Montréal); and
  • Michael Doxtater (Assistant Professor & Queen’s National Scholar, Languages, Literature, and Culture, Queen’s University).

A number of the panellists prepared summaries of their presentations. Links to the summaries appear below.

Title Author/Editor Year
Merits and Drawbacks of Constitutional Reform [PDF 391 KB] Peter Russell 2017-1
Harmony through a Dialogue on Diversity in the Federation [PDF 287 KB] Kathy L. Brock 2017-2
[PDF 355 KB] Avigail Eisenberg 2017-3
Appraising Interculturalism and Refusing Canada's Constitutional Stalemate [PDF 424 KB] Alain-G. Gagnon 2017-4
Two Sides to the Quebec "Way of Being Canadian" [PDF 429 KB] Michael Doxtater 2017-5

Held Monday, November 20, 2017

Agenda [PDF 322 KB]

Poster [JPG 148 KB]

Informal Authority in India's Urban Slums. Adam Auerbach
(January 26, 2017: Kingston, Ontario)

Countering Violent Extremism and Terrorism: Assessing Canada’s Domestic and International Strategies
(January 18-20, 2017: Kingston, Ontario)

New Frontiers in Public Policy: Federalism and the Welfare State in a Multicultural World
A conference in celebration of Keith Banting
(September 23-24, 2016: Kingston, Ontario)

Macdonald and Federalism: A Special Conference
(January 10, 2013: Kingston, Ontario)

The Crown in Canada: A Diamond Jubilee Assessment
(October 26-28, 2012: Regina, Saskatchewan)

Thinking Outside the Box: A Conference in Celebration of Thomas J. Courchene
(October 26 - 27, 2012: Kingston, Ontario)

Past Conferences

For information on these past IIGR events, please contact  Conference publications are available from McGill-Queen's University Press.

  • Toward 2014: Strategic Considerations for the Renewal of the Fiscal Arrangements (2011)
  • The Global Promise of Federalism: A Workshop to Honour Richard Simeon (2011)
  • The Crown in Canada: Present Realities and Future Options (2010)
  • The Federal Idea: A Conference in Honour of Ronald L. Watts (2007)
  • The State of National Governance Relative to the New International Health Regulations (2006)
  • Fiscal Federalism and the Future of Canada (2006)
  • Cities in Multilevel Government Systems: Lessons from Abroad (2005)
  • Looking Backward, Thinking Forward: IIGR 40th Anniversary Conference (2005)
  • Canadian Federalism and National Security Intergovernmental and Comparative Perspectives (2004)
  • Municipal-Federal-Provincial Relations: New Structures/New Connections (2003)
  • Quebec and Canada in the New Century: New Dynamics, New Opportunities (2003)
  • Canadian Fiscal Arrangements: What Works, What Might Work Better (2002)
  • Globalization, Multilevel Governance and Democracy: Continental, Comparative and Global Perspectives (2002)