Policy Transformation in Canada: Is the Past Prologue?
Canada's centennial anniversary in 1967 coincided with a period of transformative public policymaking. This period saw the establishment of the modern welfare state, as well as significant growth in the area of cultural diversity, including multiculturalism and bilingualism. Meanwhile, the rising commitment to the protection of individual and collective rights was captured in the project of a "just society."
Tracing the past, present, and future of Canadian policymaking, Policy Transformation in Canada examines the country's current and most critical challenges: the renewal of the federation, managing diversity, Canada's relations with Indigenous peoples, the environment, intergenerational equity, global economic integration, and Canada's role in the world. Scrutinizing various public policy issues through the prism of Canada’s sesquicentennial, the contributors consider the transformation of policy and present an accessible portrait of how the Canadian view of policymaking has been reshaped, and where it may be heading in the next fifty years.
- World Rights
- Page Count: 200 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.3in x 9.0in
Author InformationCarolyn Tuohy is a professor emeritus of political science and founding fellow in the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto.
Sophie Borwein is a PhD student in Political Science at the University of Toronto, Junior Fellow of Massey College, and the first public editor of University of Toronto’s student newspaper, a role focused on serving the interests of both the newspaper’s readers and its journalists.
Peter John Loewen is a professor in the Department of Political Science and the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto.
Andrew Potter is a noted journalist and editor-in-chief of the Ottawa Citizen.
Table of contents
1. Downstream from the Centennial: Navigating Fifty Years of Policy Change
Sophie Borwein and Carolyn Hughes Tuohy
Part I: Generational Prospects, Then and Now
2. Dreams along a Journey
3. Discounting Now and Then
4. Postponed Adulthood, the Inequality Surge, and the Millennial Burden
5. Half a Century of Pension Reform in Canada
Part II: The Economy, the Environment, and the Federation
6. The Economy: From Innovation to Policy
Michelle Alexopoulos and Jon Cohen
7. Natural Resources, Federalism, and the Canadian Economy
8. Environmental Policy Transformations and Canada at 150
9. The Environment as an Urban Policy Issue in Canada
10. Canada’s Radical Fiscal Federation: The Next Fifty Years
Part III: Rethinking Sovereignty, Allegiance, and Rights
11. Reasonable Accommodation, Diversity, and the Supreme Court of Canada
12. Invisibility, Wilful Blindness, Impending Doom: The Future (if Any) of Canadian Federalism
13. Canadian Federalism, Canadian Allegiance, and Economic Inequality
14. Indigenous-Canadian Relations at the Sesquicentennial: An Opportunity for Real and Lasting Transformation
15. Reconciliation with a Question Mark: Three Moments
16. Reconciliation, Colonization, and Climate Futures
Part IV: Canada’s Borders and Beyond
17. Fifty Years of Canadian Immigration Policy
18. From Gérin-Lajoie to USMCA: The Role of the Canadian Provinces in Trade Negotiation
19. Canada and the World: Managing Insecurity in a Changing Global Order
20. Has Canada Reached Policy Gridlock?
Peter Loewen and Andrew Potter
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