Newsletter: Paths of least resistance and path dependency
Justin Trudeau’s election promise to legalize marijuana was motivated by strong public support, and was one of the most popular platform items on the Liberal Party’s election-time website. In policy terms, legalization has is supported by an interplay of public health, criminal justice, and social justice concerns dating back almost 50 years.
Invitation: November 22, 2017
The First and Next 150 Years of Canadian Federalism: What’s Been Done? What’s to be Done? Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at the Faculty Club, University of Toronto.
Essay: Towards A Restrained Approach to Canadian Federal Paramountcy
In federal states, supreme courts have to grapple with the exercise of overlapping jurisdiction between the federal authority and federated entities. Canadian courts have developed the doctrine of paramountcy (“paramountcy”) as a response to this problem.
Newsletter: How Is He Doing a Year Later?
During the 2015 federal election campaign, l’Idée fédérale published a newsletter discussing the tasks awaiting the next Prime Minister on federalism. The present newsletter examines the state of these tasks.
Newsletter: Learning From Laurier About American Constitutional Federalism
Americans and Canadians have very different views about the “constitutional politics” of federalism. Both countries feature “constitutional federalism” regimes, where the federal principle is judicially enforced.
Newsletter: The Only Way Out?
Cooperative Asymmetrical Federalism and the Canadian Struggle to Save the Climate. In the last decade, the provincial governments have played an essential role in developing policies for combating climate change, in particular by implementing carbon pricing mechanisms.
Newsletter: Federal electoral system reform and its impact on Canadian federalism
The election of Justin Trudeau’s Liberals in October 2015 has led to renewed debate about reforming the voting system used to elect members to the House of Commons.
Newsletter: The end of Yes and No in Québec? A declining divide
As of 1970, with the birth of the Parti québécois and its success at the polls, Québec politics were shaped by a striking cleavage between those who were for Québec independence, and those who were against it.
Newsletter: The Six Tasks of the New Prime Minister on the Federalism
Federalism has been almost completely absent from the current federal election campaign. Yet, the management of the Canadian federation is a crucial issue that has far-reaching consequences for Canadians.
[French] Observatoire des fédérations
L’objectif principal de l’Observatoire des fédérations est de promouvoir le développement des connaissances liées à l’étude des fédérations dans le monde.