The road to Queen’s Park, and other election news – March 28, 2018

Good morning PPGR enthusiasts! Brace yourselves – it’s almost time for another provincial election in Ontario. The past few months have seen significant political turmoil with the resignation of Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown and rise of Doug Ford as the new PC leader going into the election. The articles below delve into other issues…

The Throne Speech is not a Campaign Event

By Sacha Forstner On March 15th, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne unexpectedly prorogued the legislature for four days. For those unfamiliar with parliamentary jargon, “prorogation” refers to the ending of a legislative session by the Crown (always on the advice of the Premier). Practically speaking, prorogation means that the Legislative Assembly is temporarily shut down and all…

Canada on the World Stage

Joost van de Loo Foreign Policy: A Conceptual Discussion Foreign policy is an essential part of every nation-state’s central focus—put simply, it’s a government’s blueprint on how it will interact with actors outside of its borders. Foreign policies include policy decisions a government makes on how it interacts with other countries; examples include trade agreements…

Canada’s Policy Transformations – January 17 2018

Good morning PPGR enthusiasts! As we wind down the celebrations for Canada’s sesquicentennial, this week’s Morning Brief is a special edition, highlighting Canada’s Policy Transformations: The Last 50 and the Next, a major conference where both academics and policy influencers reflected on the country’s past in order to speculate about its future. This week’s Morning Brief was…

50 Years of Election Promises, Public Policy and Democracy in Canada

Sacha Forstner and Katerina Stamadianos How can we hold government officials accountable to the public who elected them? Whatever the method, we first need to determine what exactly we are holding them accountable for. To do so, we often compare a government’s policies and actions to the promises they made during their election. Typically, the…

How to become a Toronto City Councillor

On Thursday, November 2nd, Toronto’s City Council held a special meeting to appoint a new council member to Ward 28. The successful candidate, Lucy Troisi, filled the ward seat that had been vacant since long-time Councillor Pam McConnell passed away in July. Appointments tend to happen if one of Council’s 45 seats (44 ward representatives…