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Canada: The State of the Federation 2006/07

Transitions: Fiscal and Political Federalism in an Era of Change

by (author) John R. Allan, Thomas J. Courchene & Christian Leuprecht

McGill-Queen's University Press
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Nov 2008
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Canada: The State of the Federation 2006/07 deals with transitions that have been initiated by a variety of factors and have profound implications. Scholars from several disciplines analyze the implications of these transitional forces, bringing historical, analytical, fiscal, and political perspectives to bear on issues arising from equalization and fiscal imbalance. Contributors examine the ramifications of recent major changes to equalization and show how these changes will have far-reaching and, in some cases, troubling implications. Further transitions arise in the area of federal-provincial relations as a result of Prime Minister Harper's commitment to "open federalism." In this context, contributors re-examine the role and use of federal spending power and explore whether the Canadian federation might be better served by a totally new approach to federalism. Finally, the implications of transitions affecting the role and place of cities in the Canadian federation are considered. Particular attention is given to the significance of the on-going information revolution, which privileges cities - most importantly "global city regions" - as the new, dynamic drivers of growth, innovation, and trade. Contributors include Marc-Antoine Adam (Queen's University), John R. Allan (Queen's University and University of Regina), Robin Boadway (Queen's University), Paul Boothe (University of Alberta), Thomas J. Courchene (Queen's University and Institute for Research on Public Policy), Gordon DiGiacomo (University of Ottawa), James P. Feehan (Memorial University), Anne Golden (The Conference Board of Canada), Paul A.R. Hobson (Acadia University), Christian Leuprecht (Royal Military College of Canada and Queen's University), L. Wade Locke (Memorial University), Janice MacKinnon (University of Saskatchewan), Al O'Brien (University of Alberta), Joe Ruggeri (University of New Brunswick), Anwar Shah (World Bank), Janice Gross Stein (University of Toronto), Garth Stevenson (Brock University), and Jean-François Tremblay (University of Ottawa).

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John R. Allan is a fellow and former director of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations at Queen’s University.

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Thomas J. Courchene is Jarislowsky-Deutsch Professor and director, Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, at Queen's University and senior scholar, Institute for Research on Public Policy, Montreal. John R. Allan is the associate director of the I

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Christian Leuprecht is Class of 1965 Professor in Leadership in the Department of Political Science and Economics at the Royal Military College of Canada, Director of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations in the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University, and Adjunct Research Professor in the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security at Charles Sturt University.

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