Doing Things Differently

The Pearson Centre for Progressive Policy does things differently. This is evident not only by our take on policy issues, but in how we present issues and organize debate.

Forum for discussion

Above all, we strive to stimulate discussion and debate on important topics of public policy.


We’re not interested in polemics or unsubstantiated opinion; all of our content is backed by evidence-based research.


Striving to connect innovative thinking with on-the-ground experience, we encourage those of all ages to join in the discussion

Our Initiatives

The Canadian Flag

What are Your Thoughts About the Canadian Flag? Invitation to a National Conversation

In this Year of Canada 150 we've launched a national—and indeed international—conversation on what the flag means to people.  Please join in.  Send us your thoughts in words, pictures or videos. What do you feel the flag stands for and what does it mean to you?  Keep the words to under 150 and the videos to under 60 seconds and we'll post them.  The only requirements are that you be respectful and you post in English or French so they can have the widest reach.

Please send them to: Flag Project Coordinator, Pearson Centre:

This conversation culminates on Canada Day July 1, although the site will remain open after that.

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Lester B Pearson: Canadian Visionary

Lester B. Pearson and his contribution to Canada.

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New Members of Parliament

New Members of Parliament share their thoughts and plans for the upcoming year.

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Progressive Podium

An innovative series of policy proposals that are bold, progressive, innovative and future-focused.

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What Progressives Are Saying

The significant contributions made by Canadian co-operatives to their local and regional economies show that they can profit financially while holding true to their fundamental values of self-help, equity, equality and sustainability.

—Hon. Mauril Bélanger, M.P.

From After the 2008 crash, a call for a National Strategy for Co-operatives

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We are all Pearsonians

—Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell


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Thank You to Our Partners & Past Sponsors


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Significant Donors

Gail Asper and Michael Paterson
Hon. Lloyd Axworthy, CC
Andrew Cardozo
Charles S. Coffey, OC
Russell Gibson
Harvey Glatt
Hon. Margaret McCain, OC, ONB
Karen Mock, Ph.D.
Richard Patten
Sandra Pupatello
Sharon Sholzberg-Gray
Dalton McGuinty

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