School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies


2020 Tom Courchene Distinguished Speaker Series with PAUL MARTIN

Friday, November 29, 2019

12:00 PM  (Light Refreshments served from 11:30 AM)

Robert Sutherland Hall, Room 202
138 Union Street, Kingston, ON

2019 - The Right Honourable Paul Martin, Founder, Martin Family Initative; former Prime Minister of Canada

The Right Honourable Paul Martin demonstrated support for Indigenous causes during his tenure as Minister of Finance and Prime Minister, culminating in the Kelowna Accord of 2005.  Since that time he has devoted much of his life to these causes, focusing in particular on education of Indigenous youth.  Hear him address why the well-being of Indigenous Peoples is so important and how education and partnership efforts can deliver benefits for all Canadians.    

Moderated by: Kanonhsyonne (Janice Hill), Associate Vice-Principal (Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation), Queen's University.

The Right Honourable Paul Martin was Prime Minister of Canada from 2003 to 2006 and Minister of Finance from 1993 to 2002.  

During his tenure as Minister of Finance, he erased Canada’s deficit, subsequently recording five consecutive budget surpluses while paying down the national debt and setting Canada’s debt-to-GDP ratio on a steady downward track. He was the inaugural chair of the Finance Ministers’ G-20 in 1999.

During his tenure as Prime Minister, Mr. Martin set in place a ten year, forty-one billion dollar plan to improve health care and reduce wait times; signed agreements with the provinces and territories to establish the first national early learning and child care program and created a new financial deal for Canada’s municipalities. Under his leadership the Canadian Government reached an historic deal with Aboriginal people of Canada to eliminate the existing funding gaps in health, education and housing known as the Kelowna Accord.

After leaving politics, Mr. Martin founded the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative focusing on elementary and secondary education for Aboriginal students and the Capital for Aboriginal Prosperity and Entrepreneurship (CAPE) Fund, an investment fund investing in Aboriginal business. 

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Ask the speaker questions in real time: #PMartin

Free Public Lecture. 
All Are Welcome.