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Constitutions, Federations, Democracies

A Comparative Analysis of the United States and Canada

A workshop sponsored by the USC Center for International Studies, and organized by Patrick James (USC) and Michael Behiels (University of Ottawa)
The goal of this workshop is to facilitate a dialogue on how well or how poorly the United States and Canada federations are adjusting to emerging demographic, social, economic and political domestic and global realities. What new or old approaches are being tested to meet some of the new challenges.  All are welcome to attend! However please rsvp to by Wed Feb 27. 
8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.Continental Breakfast
9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.Welcome & Opening Remarks 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.DAVID SMITH, University of Regina“Canadian Parliamentary Federalism: Sesquicentennial Observations"
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.PATRICK JAMES, University of Southern California"Canadian Federalism as a System"
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.STEPHEN ROSS, Pennsylvania State University"Canadian Insights into American Constitutional Federalism"
12:00pm - 2:00pmLunch Break
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.MICHAEL BEHIELS, University of Ottawa“From the ‘Nanny State’ to the ‘National Security State’: Prime Minister Harper’s Transformation of the Social Contract with Canadians and the Impact on Federalism"
2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.PENNY BRYDEN, University of Victoria"A Justifiable Obsession': Conservative Ontario's Relations with Ottawa, 1943-1985"
3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.JAMES KELLY, Concordia University"Buzz Lightyear and Quebec’s Bill 101, la Charte de la langue française: Space Ranger or Agent Provocateur?"
4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Concluding Remarks