School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

Cooperation or Conflict? The Supreme Court as a Policy Actor

Kathy L. Brock

Professor and Senior Fellow, School of Policy Studies, cross-appointed to theDepartment of Political Studies, Queen’s University 

Thursday January 23, 2020

Abstract: A comparison of the Wagner and McLachlin court opinions in two recent cases provides insight into the impact of the Supreme Court on the operation of government and quality of public policy making across jurisdictional lines in Canada. The two reference opinions lay bare important limitations of the Court as a policy actor and the difficulties that its excursions into the policy process may unwittingly pose for public sector decision makers.

 


Kathy Brock, January 23, 2020 [image]

 

Kathy L. Brock

Professor and Senior Fellow, School of Policy Studies, cross-appointed to theDepartment of Political Studies, Queen’s University Biography: 

Dr. Kathy L. Brock is a Professor, School of Policy Studies and cross-appointed to the Department of Political Studies, Queen’s University, Chair of the National Accreditation Board for Programs in Public Administration, former President of the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration, and former National Research Chair for the Institute of Programs in Public Administration. She has published books, academic articles and reports on the non-profit sector, Canadian and comparative politics and government, federalism and constitutional matters, Aboriginal governance and issues and the judiciary and the executive.  She has been active in public affairs as a nonpartisan advisor to federal, provincial and territorial governments, political parties, an Aboriginal organization, and non-profit organizations. A dedicated professor, she received the 2008 Pierre De Celles IPAC Award for Teaching Excellence in Public Administration (national award) and the 2009 Frank Knox Award (Queen’s University) for Teaching Excellence.