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Bringing Cities to the Table: Child Care and Intergovernmental Relations

This article by Jane Jensen and Rianne Mahon uses child care as “a lens to examine governance relations, both democratic and intergovernmental” between cities, provinces and the federal government. The first section describes the patterns and practices of accountability in Canada, specifically analysing three Canadian cities (Toronto, Hamilton and Vancouver), coming to the conclusion that modernizing these patterns and practices poses quite a conundrum as all cities are far from equal. The second section thus challenges the universal validity of three assertions: “That decentralization will automatically foster more integrated services; that decentralization will necessarily undermine equity and that Canada’s constitutional arrangements make it impossible for municipalities to have a direct relationship with the federal government”, concluding that the most important factor in determining whether a “danger” or an “impossibility” exists in any of the aforementioned assertions is “political, not constitutional or institutional.” The third section then offers means of progressing from the lessons learned in the first two sections. It offers, for instance, the idea that “there is a trade-off between equity across space and local knowledge of needs.”
http://www.cprn.com/documents/14722_en.pdf

Caring for Canadians in a Canada Strong and Free

Former Ontario Premier Mike Harris and former Reform Party leader Preston Manning discuss the “vision deficit” and “policy deficit” they consider to be evident in Canadian politics, particularly at the federal level.
http://www.iedm.org/uploaded/pdf/241005_en.pdf

Common Ground: The Case for Interprovincial Cooperation in Western Canada

Robert Roach argues that, although not homogeneous, the four Western provinces are interdependent, and that all stand to benefit by increasing the degree to which they cooperate with one another. He points out that, unlike the relatively large number of people concentrated in Ontario or Quebec, Westerners are dispersed among four separate political units.
http://www.cwf.ca/abcalcwf/doc.nsf/(Publications)/59D5D9681A...

Council of the Federation: An Idea Whose Time Has Come

This brief report is part of a series published by the IRPP and the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, called the Council of the Federation Series. The Council of the Federation was created in July 2003 by the provincial premiers and territorial leaders to better manage their relations, and ultimately, build a more constructive relationship with the federal government. This series of brief reports is meant to encourage wider knowledge and discussion of the Council, and to provoke further thought about the general state of intergovernmental relations in Canada.
http://www.irpp.org/miscpubs/archive/federation/meekison.pdf...

Expanding the Partnership: The Proposed Council of the Federation and the Challenge of Glocalization

This brief report is part of a series published by the IRPP and the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, called the Council of the Federation Series. The Council of the Federation was created in July 2003 by the provincial premiers and territorial leaders to better manage their relations, and ultimately, build a more constructive relationship with the federal government. This series of brief reports is meant to encourage wider knowledge and discussion of the Council, and to provoke further thought about the general state of intergovernmental relations in Canada.
http://www.irpp.org/miscpubs/archive/federation/telford.pdf

Getting Things Done in the Federation: Do We Need New Rules for an Old Game?

This brief report is part of a series published by the IRPP and the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, called the Council of the Federation Series. The Council of the Federation was created in July 2003 by the provincial premiers and territorial leaders to better manage their relations, and ultimately, build a more constructive relationship with the federal government. This series of brief reports is meant to encourage wider knowledge and discussion of the Council, and to provoke further thought about the general state of intergovernmental relations in Canada.
http://www.irpp.org/miscpubs/archive/federation/brown.pdf

Good Neighbours: An Inventory of Interprovincial Cooperation in Western Canada, 1990-2002

This report, prepared by Lisa Fox and Robert Roach, examines existing examples of interprovincial cooperation in Western Canada; it outlines an account of interprovincial cooperation initiatives since 1990. Fox and Roach argue this report is a valuable resource for government staff, politicians, and citizens interested in the current intergovernmental environment and the quest for greater interprovincial cooperation and its benefits.
http://www.cwf.ca/abcalcwf/doc.nsf/(Publications)/1C07AA5018...

Intergovernmental Councils in Federations

This brief report is part of a series published by the IRPP and the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, called the Council of the Federation Series. The Council of the Federation was created in July 2003 by the provincial premiers and territorial leaders to better manage their relations, and ultimately, build a more constructive relationship with the federal government. This series of brief reports is meant to encourage wider knowledge and discussion of the Council, and to provoke further thought about the general state of intergovernmental relations in Canada.
http://www.irpp.org/miscpubs/archive/federation/watts.pdf

Learning Together: Interprovincial Cooperation in Education Policy

Lisa Fox argues that mounting fiscal pressures coupled with a complex public policy environment require Canadian governments to carefully rethink how they pay for, and deliver, public services.
http://www.cwf.ca/abcalcwf/doc.nsf/(Publications)/80247148D6...

Managing Interdependencies in the Canadian Federation: Lessons from the Social Union Framework Agreement

This brief report is part of a series published by the IRPP and the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, called the Council of the Federation Series. The Council of the Federation was created in July 2003 by the provincial premiers and territorial leaders to better manage their relations, and ultimately, build a more constructive relationship with the federal government. This series of brief reports is meant to encourage wider knowledge and discussion of the Council, and to provoke further thought about the general state of intergovernmental relations in Canada.
http://www.irpp.org/miscpubs/archive/federation/lazar.pdf

Quebec and Interprovincial Discussion and Consultation

This brief report is part of a series published by the IRPP and the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, called the Council of the Federation Series. The Council of the Federation was created in July 2003 by the provincial premiers and territorial leaders to better manage their relations, and ultimately, build a more constructive relationship with the federal government. This series of brief reports is meant to encourage wider knowledge and discussion of the Council, and to provoke further thought about the general state of intergovernmental relations in Canada.
http://www.irpp.org/miscpubs/archive/federation/ryan.pdf

Restoring the Federal Principle: The Place of Quebec in the Canadian Social Union

This article by Christian Dufour examines the “inability of the Canadian political system to integrate Quebec’s particular vision of federalism and of the country.”
http://www.irpp.org/pm/archive/pmvol3no1.pdf

Social Policy and Intergovernmental Relations in Canada: Understanding the Failure of SUFA from a Quebec Perspective

This paper by Joseph Facal discusses the Social Union Framework Agreement (SUFA) which was signed by all provinces except Quebec.
http://www.uregina.ca/sipp/documents/pdf/PPP32_Facal.pdf

Structuring Federal Urban Engagement: A Principled Approach

Loleen Berdahl’s paper Structuring Federal Urban Engagement: A Principled Approach, published by the Canada West Foundation, examines growing federal government interest in Canada’s cities.
http://www.cwf.ca/abcalcwf/doc.nsf/(Publications)/4C1488D60A...

The Canadian Member State Consortium for the International Institute of Administrative Sciences: A Strategic Direction for the Future

This discussion paper, by David Brown and Tracey Bender of the Public Policy Forum, is in response to a 1999 federal government working group study on Canadian participation in the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS). The discussion paper begins by exploring the context for Canadian participation in the IIAS. As Brown and Bender assert, the IIAS provides the Canadian public service with an important international learning opportunity, as well as a window on aspects of globalization that apply to the public sector.
http://www.ppforum.ca/common/assets/publications/en/ow_p_04_...

The Council of the Federation: Conflict and Complimentarity with Canada’s Democratic Reform Agenda

This brief report is part of a series published by the IRPP and the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, called the Council of the Federation Series. The Council of the Federation was created in July 2003 by the provincial premiers and territorial leaders to better manage their relations, and ultimately, build a more constructive relationship with the federal government. This series of brief reports is meant to encourage wider knowledge and discussion of the Council, and to provoke further thought about the general state of intergovernmental relations in Canada.
http://www.irpp.org/miscpubs/archive/federation/gibbins.pdf

The Council of the Federation: From a Defensive to a Partnership Approach

This brief report is part of a series published by the IRPP and the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, called the Council of the Federation Series. The Council of the Federation was created in July 2003 by the provincial premiers and territorial leaders to better manage their relations, and ultimately, build a more constructive relationship with the federal government. This series of brief reports is meant to encourage wider knowledge and discussion of the Council, and to provoke further thought about the general state of intergovernmental relations in Canada.
http://www.irpp.org/miscpubs/archive/federation/burelle.pdf

The Death of Deference: National Policy making in the Aftermath of the Meech Lake and Charlottown Accords.

This brief paper by Ian Peach discusses how public policy and the process of its development has changed since the Meech Lake and Charlottown accords.
http://www.uregina.ca/sipp/documents/pdf/PPP%2026%20Peach.pd...

The End of a Model? Quebec and the Council of the Federation

This brief report is part of a series published by the IRPP and the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, called the Council of the Federation Series. The Council of the Federation was created in July 2003 by the provincial premiers and territorial leaders to better manage their relations, and ultimately, build a more constructive relationship with the federal government. This series of brief reports is meant to encourage wider knowledge and discussion of the Council, and to provoke further thought about the general state of intergovernmental relations in Canada.
http://www.irpp.org/miscpubs/archive/federation/noel.pdf

The Role of Subnational Governments in the Governance of North America

This brief report serves as the introduction to Mapping the New North American Reality, a series of brief articles written by Canadian, American, and Mexican policy experts exploring the nature of North American economic integration.
http://www.irpp.org/miscpubs/archive/NA_integ/wp2004-09d.pdf...

Towards open skies for airlines in Canada

According to Pierre J. Jeanniot, the Canadian government is considering greater liberalization in the country’s airline industry in line with the current international trend toward open markets in aviation.
http://www.iedm.org/uploaded/pdf/mai05_en.pdf

Where Does the Buck Stop? Accounting and Joint Initiatives

In this discussion paper, Graham Fox and Don Lenihan delve into the issue of government accountability in Canadian policy-making.
http://www.ppforum.ca/common/assets/reports/en/accountabilit...