Political & Democratic Reform

Canada has one of most stable democratic systems in the world. Yet despite being the envy of many, the system is beset with challenges: poor voter turnout, electoral fraud, inadequate representation. A crisis of confidence hangs over Canadian democracy. How to turn things around?

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Time for National Consultation on Poverty Reduction to Bear Fruit

By Terrance Hunsley

When the Trudeau government was elected, Jean Yves Duclos was appointed to cabinet with a mandate to implement increases to children’s benefits, and to consult with Canadians on further measures to reduce poverty and strengthen the middle class. The co …

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Flag Day Reception 2017

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Speaker Regan delivered an inspiring speech at our 2017 Flag Day Reception. See below for the full details:   Flag Day – February 15, 2017   Fellow parliamentarians, mesdames et messieurs, ladies and gentlemen, on behalf of Pearson Centre for …

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OECD in Canada to talk work and social policy

By Terrance Hunsley, Senior Fellow, The Pearson Centre

The problems are becoming clearer; the solutions, ah… not so much. The OECD social policy ministers were in Canada on May 14 to talk about some familiar themes – economic inequality, precarious work, job destruction by automation, and how to adjust s …

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Tax policy & Trump cuts, Mintz & Evans, Feb 20

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Canadian Tax Policy following the Trump Tax Cuts with Keynote: Professor Jack Mintz, University of Calgary and Commentary: Heather Evans, CEO, Canadian Tax Foundation Moderator: Sandra Pupatello, Chair, Pearson Centre (Former Ontario Minister for Trade …

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Women Politicians & Social Media, March1

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Women Politicians & Social Media   Thursday March 1, 8:00 to 10:00 am Sir John A. Macdonald Building – Room 200, 144 Wellington Street, Ottawa   Doors will open at 7:30 am (Please arrive early to clear security!)   A discussion with Parli …

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Early Education is a Protection for Democracy – McCain

By Margaret Norrie McCain

The Economist Intelligence Unit recorded another slide in its latest Democracy Index. Only 19 countries out of 167 were counted as “full democracies” in 2017. This marked another drop since 2015 when the U.S. fell to a “flawed democracy” status; the re …

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Pearson’s Foreign Affairs legacy: then and now – Cohen

By Andrew Cohen

Lester Pearson is back in favour but the international role he fashioned for Canada is lagging ANDREW COHEN Special to The Globe and Mail Published December 11, 2017 (Published with the author’s permission) Andrew Cohen is author of Extraordinary Canad …

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Pearson wins Nobel (from the CBC in 1957)

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http://www.cbc.ca/archives/entry/lester-pearson-a-peacemakers-peacemaker The Award was announced in October and awarded on December 10, 1057. From the CBC website: Lester B. Pearson’s peace solution wins him the Nobel Prize As Secretary of State for Ex …

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Bland Pudding: European Pillar of Social Rights – Hunsley

By Terrance Hunsley

Second in a series on Futures Entwined: The nation-state and the welfare state. How is the EUropean Union dealing with inequality, the global economy, population movement, and political cracks in the state of the union? The EU is suffering from the clo …

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Futures Entwined: Nation State & Welfare State – Hunsley

By Terrance Hunsley

First in a Series It was a nice little quip for amateur philosophers. In Nixon’s 1972 visit to China, Premier Zhou Enlai was asked about the French Revolution and the development of democracy, and was reported to have replied “..it is too early to say. …

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