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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ONE MORE: 50+ African-Cdn Public Figures in Canada

By Andrew Cardozo and Anne Clarke, Pearson Centre

The Black Contributors to political life On April 15, 2019, Ottawa elected its first Black City Councillor in a by-election.   While there have been several African-Canadian candidates for municipal and provincial office over the last couple of decades …

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Flag Day on the Hill! (All party panel: Feb 19)

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PROGRAM  (Speeches and Youtube to be posted shortly) The Pearson Centre and The Honourable Geoff Regan, P.C., M.P. Speaker of the House of Commons  Reception to mark Flag Day Tuesday, February 19, 2016;  3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Room 215-A, West Block; P …

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“PROGRESSIVE LEADERSHIP IN A TURBULENT WORLD” Gala 2019: April 25

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You  are invited to the Annual Pearson Centre Gala “Progressive Leadership in Turbulent Times” Thursday, APRIL 25, 2019 Toronto, Ontario  We live in turbulent and unpredictable times. Many countries are facing considerable challenge to their values and …

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Why the Right is Winning – Cardozo

By Andrew Cardozo

Monday, October 8, 2018 | Latest Paper Progressive fatigue and good communications: why the right is winning By Andrew Cardozo In this extreme information age, all communicators get less time than ever before. Voters are not simpler or less intelligent …

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McKENNA & CHAGGER keynote @ Year4Conference, Nov 26

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McKenna, Chagger, May, Cullen, Sahota, Woo, McGuinty,  vanKoeverden, Beatty, Daviau….. The Year 4 Conference….Y4C We want to invite you to be part of an important conference this fall – one that focuses on Year 4 of the current Parliament. What do …

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Time for National Consultation on Poverty Reduction to Bear Fruit

By Terrance Hunsley

OECD in Canada to Talk Work and Social Policy 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 de …

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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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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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