24th MISC Annual Conference: Federalism and Canada's Shifting Political Landscape


Faculty Club 3450 McTavish St, 3450 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 0E5, CA
$25 for Student Admission, $50 for General Admission

24th MISC Annual Conference: Federalism and Canada's Shifting Political Landscape | Le fédéralisme et l'évolution du paysage politique au Canada

Join us on March 21st and 22nd for our 24th Annual Conference, which will feature 9 different panels that will be discussing several different issues facing today's Canadians, and how they relate to federalism and our shifting political landscape. Hosted in collaboration with the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP), the objective of this year’s conference is to improve our understanding of how recent and forthcoming provincial elections and other ongoing political trends are likely to impact federalism, intergovernmental relations and public policy in Canada. More specifically, the conference addresses the following questions: First, how are recent and forthcoming elections in provinces like Alberta, BC, Ontario, and Quebec and related political trends likely to impact debates over crucial policy issues ranging from trade, energy policy, and environmental protection to immigration, and Indigenous affairs? Second, how will public opinion and the media shape these debates and, more broadly, the future of Canadian federalism? Third, what is the potential impact of these intergovernmental debates on the next federal elections and public policy in Canada?

Joignez-vous à nous les 21 et 22 mars prochain pour notre 24ième conférence annuelle, qui comportera 9 panels différents, qui aborderont des problèmes auxquels font face les Canadiens ainsi que leurs liens avec le fédéralisme et un paysage politique en pleine mutation. Les panels comprendront des professionnels anglophones et francophones, ce qui rendra l'événement complètement bilingue et inclura une interprétation simultanée. Organisée en partenariat avec l’Institut de recherche en politiques publiques (IRPP), l’objectif de la conférence de cette année est de mieux comprendre comment les élections provinciales récentes et celles à venir affecteront le fédéralisme, les relations intergouvernementales et les politiques publiques au Canada. Plus précisément, la conférence concernera les questions suivantes : Tout d’abord, comment les élections récentes et à venir dans les provinces de l’Alberta, de l’Ontario, de la Colombie-Britannique et du Québec sont-elles susceptibles d’affecter les débats concernant des questions de politique publique cruciales telles que les accords commerciaux, les politiques énergétiques, la protection de l’environnement, l’immigration et les affaires indigènes? Deuxièmement, comment l'opinion publique et les médias vont-ils façonner ces débats et, plus largement, l'avenir du fédéralisme canadien? Finalement, quel est l’impact potentiel de ces débats intergouvernementaux sur les prochaines élections fédérales et les politiques publiques au Canada?

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Conference Schedule :

Thursday March 21, 2019 

9:00AM - 9:15AM | Opening Words 

9:15AM - 10:30AM | Provincial Politics

Speakers: Jean-François Daoust, Melanee Thomas, Peter Graefe & Richard Johnston

Moderator: Graham Fox 

10:45AM - 12:00PM | Indigenous Reconciliation

Speakers: Sophie Pierre, Madeleine Redfern & Jennifer Adese

Moderator: Janine Elizabeth Metallic

 12:00PM - 1:00PM | Lunch Break 

1:00PM - 2:15PM | Immigration and Refugees

Speakers: Debbie Douglas, Robert Schertzer 

Moderator: Leslie Seidle

2:30PM - 3:45PM | Trade/NAFTA

Speakers: Ari Van Assche, Laura Dawson & Jörg Broschek

Moderator: Lingling Zhang

4:00PM - 5:15PM | Premiers

Speakers: Christy Clark, Bernard Lord & Jean Charest

Moderator: Antonia Maioni

5:30PM | Closing Remarks & Cocktail 


Friday March 22, 2019

9:00AM - 9:15AM | Opening Words

9:15AM - 10:30AM | Federalism and the New Media Environment 

Speakers: Chris Waddell, Melissa Ridgen, Heather Scoffield & Alec Castonguay

Moderator: Graham Fraser

10:45AM - 12:00PM | Natural Resources and the Environment (pt.1) 

Sponsored by the Max Bell School of Public Policy

Speakers: Tracy Snoddon, Martin Papillon & Jennifer Winter

Moderator: Chris Ragan 

12:00PM - 1:00PM | Lunch Break

1:00PM - 2:15PM | Natural Resources and the Environment (pt. 2)

Sponsored by the Max Bell School of Public Policy 

Speakers: Roxanna Benoit, Renée Pelletier & Velma McColl

Moderator: Deborah Corber

2:30PM - 3:45PM | Canada's Views of the Federation 

Partners: Mowat Center, Canada West Foundation, Environics Institute, Mulroney Institute of Government, the Chair of Research in Canada and Québec Studies (UQÀM)

Speakers: Keith Neuman & Andrew Parkin

4:00PM - 5:00PM | Keynote

Keynote Speaker: Alain Noël

5:00PM | Closing Remarks & Cocktail

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