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Herding Cats: Financing the Canadian Federation - James McAllister

Nov 22, 2012, 12pm-1:30pm

James McAllister, who spent many years with the Ontario Ministry of Finance as manager of federal-provincial relations, will present the talk, Herding Cats: Financing the Canadian Federation. Beginning in the 1990s, the focus of discussion within the Canadian federation shifted away from mega-constitutional debates over Meech Lake, the Charlottetown Accord and the Quebec referendum. Instead, the focus has shifted to mega-fiscal debates over federal funding in support of medicare, social programs and fiscal equalization. The debates took many forms, including claims (especially by Quebec) of a fiscal imbalance and Ontario’s calls for fair share funding. Those debates also produced new institutions of interprovincial coordination, including the Council of the Federation. A weak economy and large federal deficits have led to the Harper government refusing to negotiate with the provinces on any substantive issues. During McAllister's time with finance, he participated directly in Ontario’s negotiation of several health care accords with the federal government and Ontario began, for the first time in its history, receiving fiscal equalization payments from the federal government.


Location:Senior Common Room, 140 McLaughlin
Sponsor:Office of the Master, McLaughlin College
Posted by:Lorraine Myrie
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