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Research highlight: Unique challenges of Canada’s North require unique fiscal arrangements | Fellow Christopher Yurris

Published: 3 October 2022

2022-23 CAnD3 Fellow Christopher Yurris recently co-authored a piece in Policy Options on fiscal federalism in Canada’s three territories. Writing alongside Daniel Béland, CAnD3 team member, and Trevor Tombe, Chris argues that the unique circumstances of the territories—like the devolution of lands and natural resources and healthcare spending in the context of aging populations—need to be considered when looking at fiscal arrangements between Ottawa and territorial governments.

What could these distinct fiscal arrangements for the territories look like? The authors contend that natural resource development and demographics are central issues to be considered, and insights from policy developments in the territories could inform reforms in other parts of the country. 

Read the article

Yurris, C., Béland, D., & Tombe, T. (2022, September 7). Unique challenges of Canada’s North require unique fiscal arrangements. Policy Options. Retrieved October 3, 2022, from

About Christopher

Circular head shot of Feinuo, a 2021-22 CAnD3 Fellow

Christopher Yurris is an MA student in political science at McGill University, under the supervision of Dr. Christa Scholtz. His interests include Canadian politics, specifically Northern Canadian politics, along with quantitative research methods. For his thesis, he is working on how incumbency advantage operates in the non-partisan system of government in the Northwest Territories.

Christopher holds a BA in political science from St. Francis Xavier University. Born and raised in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, in-between his studies he has worked for the Government of the Northwest Territories, including the Housing NWT and the NWT Legislative Assembly. Through these jobs he has gained an interest in public policy, specifically social policy.

Christopher's links: CAnD3 profile | LinkedIn 


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