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Federal election experts


Aboriginal policy

Kathy Brock, Policy Studies
In addition to Canadian federalism, Kathy Brock is an expert in Aboriginal political issues. Her publications include: "Finding Answers in Difference: Canadian and American Aboriginal Policy." Canada and the United States: Differences that Count, 2nd edition. Edited by David Thomas. Peterborough: 2000. Broadview, substantially revised chapter; "Building a New Partnership: Aboriginal Self-Government in Canada." The Rights of Indigenous People: A Quest for Coexistence. Edited by Bertus De Villiers. Pretoria: Human Sciences Research Council, 1997.

Canadian-American relations

Robert Wolfe, Policy Studies
Robert Wolfe is an expert in foreign affairs, especially Canada-U.S. relations and trade policy. He is closely monitoring current developments between the two countries. In Ottawa Prof. Wolfe worked in the National Security Section, the U.S. Trade and Economic Relations Division, as Executive Assistant to the Ambassador for Multilateral Trade Negotiations and Prime Minister's Personal Representative, Economic Summit, and in the International Economic Relations Division. In a Toronto Star opinion piece, he said, “We should not treat the United States as a single point, nor should we try to put all Canada-U.S. relations on an Ottawa-Washington axis. We should encourage Canadian officials, legislators, politicians, businessmen, lobbyists and other people from all levels of Canadian life to participate actively in the constant effort of defending Canadian interests in the United States.”

David Haglund, Kim Nossal – see below

Communication Policy

Vincent Mosco, Sociology

Vincent Mosco is Canada Research chair in communication and Society and Sociology Professor at Queen’s. He is a research affiliate with the Harvard University Program on Information Resources Policy. He has held research positions in the U.S. government with the White House Office of Telecommunication Policy, the National Research Council and the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment in Canada with the Federal Department of communication.
Dr. Mosco is the author of five books and editor or co-editor of eight books on the mass media, telecommunications, computers and information technology. His most recent books are: The digital Sublime: Myth, Power and Cybersopace (MIT Press, 2004); Continental Order? Integrating North America for Cybercapitalism (edited with Dan Schiller and published by Rowman and Littlefield, 2001); and The Political Economy of Communication: Rethinking and Renewal (Sage, 1996) translated into Chinese, Spanish and Korean. He has also published over one hundred journal articles, book chapters and reports.
He has recently completed a contribution on electronic commerce for a new edition of the Dictionary of American History. Professor Mosco has also been a member of the Council of the International Association for Mass Communication Research

Defence policy

Douglas Bland, Policy Studies
Douglas Bland is co-author of a new Queen’s study entitled Canada without Armed Forces? The study highlights the national crisis of the ‘future force’ caused by a cascading policy entanglement that was initiated by the rapid collapse of Canadian Forces core assets and core capabilities. As Chair of the Defence Management Studies Program at Queen’s, Professor Bland has participated actively in public debates on defence policy, writing extensively in the national news media and making presentations in a variety of forums, including the Conference of Defence Associations, the graduating class at Trinity College, a DND “issues conference,” and the Federation of the United Services Institute in Kingston.

David Haglund, Political Studies
David Haglund is an expert on transatlantic security; Canadian international security policy; and Canadian defence policy. Some of his recent publications include: Over Here and Over There: Canada-US Defence Cooperation in an Era of Interoperability (2001); The North Atlantic Triangle Revisited: Canadian Grand Strategy at Century's End (2000); and The France-US Leadership Race: Closely Watched Allies (2000); Will NATO Go East? The Debate Over Enlarging the Atlantic Alliance (1996); The "New Peacekeeping" and European Security: German and Canadian Interests and Issues (1995); The Canadian Defence Industry in the New Global Environment, (1995).

Election advertising

Jonathan Rose, Political Studies
Jonathan Rose, an expert in political advertising can comment on the current federal election campaign. He teaches and researches in the area of Canadian politics and political communication. He has published a book on how the Canadian government uses advertising in its communication campaigns called Making Pictures in Our Heads, Government Advertising in Canada (New York: Praeger, 2000). His is currently doing an analysis of the Ontario government's advertising under Mike Harris; an examination of the twenty years of correspondence between Marshall McLuhan and Pierre Trudeau; and a long-term project on how children learn about politics from television. He is also writing a book with David Taras called The New Newsmakers.

Election boundaries

Janet Hiebert, Political Studies
In 2002 Janet Hiebert, expert in Canadian federalism, was appointed as a member of the Ontario Electoral Boundaries Commission - an independent, non-partisan body charged with the responsibility to readjust the electoral boundaries in the province of Ontario after the completion of the decennial census.

Environmental policy

Anita Kranjc, Policy Studies
Anita Krajnc expert in peace and conflict studies is the first Policy Studies Skelton-Clark Postdoctoral Fellow. She researches social movements in Canada, and restructuring the state. Her doctoral thesis was entitled "Green Learning: The Role of Scientists and the Environmental Movement." She is currently writing a book entitled Adapting Social Movement Strategies that explains major changes in social movement strategies in response to changes in the domestic and international environments. It builds on her doctoral work on the Canadian environmental movement.


Kathy Brock, Policy Studies
Kathy Brock is an expert in Canadian politics and government; constitutional and judiciary issues; federalism; intergovernmental relations; third sector issues (ie, voluntary sector, nonprofits, charities); women and politics. Her current research looks at the role of interest groups in constitutional reform. Publications include:
"Yes: The Need for Constitutional Reform." Edited by Mark W. Charlton and Paul Barker. Crosscurrents: Contemporary Political Issues, 3rd edition. Scarborough: ITP Nelson, 1998; "Constitutional Amendments Under Section 43." Canadian Parliamentary Review 20:1 (Spring 1997), pp. 23-27; "Opening Our Eyes on the Path Ahead." Quebec-Canada: What is the Path Ahead. John E. Trent, Robert Young and Guy Lachapelle, eds. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press,1996, pp. 333-338.

Janet Hiebert, Political Studies
Janet Hiebert is an expert in Canadian federalism and the politics of rights (Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand). Before joining Queen's, she served as a research co-ordinator for the Royal Commission on Electoral Reform and Party Financing (Lortie Commission). She was awarded a SSHRC research grant in 2002 to examine whether and how the new British Human Rights Act is changing political and governing culture. She teaches courses on Canadian Politics, the Canadian Constitution, and Canadian Federalism. She is author of two books about the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. These are: Charter Conflicts: What is Parliament's Role? (McGill-Queen's University Press, 2002), and Limiting Rights: The Dilemma of Judicial Review (McGill-Queen's University Press, 1996). She is co-editor of Canada: The State of the Federation (1994), editor of Political Ethics: A Canadian Perspective (1991), and author of numerous papers and chapters on the politics of rights and on campaign finance laws in Canada.

C.E.S (Ned) Franks, Political Studies
Ned Franks worked for four years for the government of Saskatchewan, including a stint as Clerk Assistant of the Saskatchewan Legislative Assembly. He taught at Queen's for over thirty-five years in the Department of Political Studies. He is currently an emeritus professor. Professor Franks has, in addition to nearly one hundred learned and other sorts of articles and chapters in books, written or edited thirteen books, including The Parliament of Canada, The Canoe and White Water, Dissent and the State. His work includes explorations into public administration, government accountability, aboriginal self-government, relations between governments and aboriginal peoples, the public service, Canada's north, issues affecting nuclear energy, and politics in India. He helped to found the Association for the Study of the History of Canadian Science and Technology, and was founding president of the Canadian Study of Parliament Group. He has conducted many studies for royal commissions, for Parliament, and for government agencies, and has been a member of a commission on the pay and allowances of members of Parliament. He has worked as an adviser to legislative groups in Vietnam and Russia. Among his academic honours, Professor Franks has been elected a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and the Royal Society of Canada.

Foreign policy

Kim Nossal, Policy Studies
Kim Nossal head of Political Studies at Queen’s researches Canadian foreign and defence policy, and the international relations of non-central governments. He is also interested in the privatization of security, including prisons, in Australia and Canada. Specific interests include: Canadian-American relations; humanitarian intervention in Canadian foreign policy; NGOs and the anti-globalization movement in Australia and Canada; issues in Australian-Canadian relations; the effects of international sanctions on particular countries, economies, and groups; the efforts of the international community to regulate the operations of transnational security corporations and individual mercenaries in the post-Cold War period. recent publications include: Todd Hataley and KRN, "Putting people at risk: The crisis in East Timor and Canada's human security agenda," Canadian Political Science Association, Halifax, 31 May 2003; Nelson Michaud, Kim Nossal, editors. Diplomatic Departures: The Conservative Era in Canadian Foreign Policy, 1984-93 (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2001); The Patterns of World Politics (Scarborough, Ont: Prentice Hall Canada, 1998); The Politics of Canadian Foreign Policy, 3rd ed. (Scarborough, Ont: Prentice Hall Canada, 1997.)

Health Policy

Samuel Shortt, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research
Sam Shortt is Director of Queen’s Centre for Health Services and Policy Research and a Professor in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology and the Department of Family Medicine. His current research interests include access issues and accountability in health care.
He is the author of numerous papers on medicine, history, and health policy as well as the recent monograph, The Doctor Dilemma: Public Policy and the Changing Role of Physicians under Ontario Medicare (1999).
In addition to practicing academic and community-based family medicine for two decades, he has taught health policy courses in the School of Policy Studies and the Department of Family Medicine at Queen’s and contributes to courses in the graduate program in Community Health.

The Centre for Health Services and Policy Research is a research organization within the Faculty of Health Sciences. It is built around a core group of researchers trained in disciplines such as public policy, economics, epidemiology, biostatistics, medicine, social psychology, medical sociology and geography. Key areas of research interest include: health care funding; community-based care; program evaluation; and access to care issues.

New technologies in elections

Tamara Small, Political Studies
Tamara A. Small is a PhD candidate in Political Studies. Her research interests include political communications in Canada and the Internet as political mediated political communications. Her current research is focussed on the role and influence that the
Internet has in the campaigning practices of Canadian political parties and candidates during the 2004 election. Recent research projects include a case study of Internet use in the Conservative Party leadership race, 2004 and 37th Canadian General Election.

Religion and public policy

Marguerite Van Die, Theology College/History

Marguerite Van Die‘s specialty is 19th century Protestantism in North America, with a special interest in the interaction between socio-economic change, gender, and religion. She is also interested in the history of Christian spirituality and in religion and public life.
She is author of An Evangelical Mind: Nathanael Burwash and the Methodist Tradition in Canada, 1839-1918 (1989), and editor of Religion and Public Life in Canada: Historical and Comparative Perspectives (2001).
Her current research projects are on evangelical family life in Victorian Canada from 1835 to 1980, and on religion and public life in the nineteenth century.

Social policy

Keith Banting, Policy Studies
Recognized internationally for his expertise on the politics of the welfare state, Keith Banting is one of Canada’s leading scholars in the areas of federalism and social policy. His 1979 book, Poverty, Politics and Policy: Britain in the 1960s, addressed the interplay among ideology, political parties and institutions in terms of their influence on the evolution of British social policy. The linking of social policy with federalism soon followed in his seminal volume, The Welfare State and Canadian Federalism – this classic work has influenced a generation of scholars in both Canada and abroad. Subsequently his books have focused on applying his analytical framework to several daunting challenges confronting Canada. He has examined whether globalization, especially in tandem with NAFTA, erodes Canada’s policy sovereignty; the growing importance of the voluntary sector for its social policy and institutional overtones; and an examination of the relationships between ethnicity, multiculturalism and social policy.
Professor Banting has been recognized for his distinguished contributions with visiting appointments at Harvard University’s Center for European Studies, the European University Institute (Florence), the London School of Economics and Oxford University. He served as Director of Queen’s School for Policy Studies from 1993 through 2003, where his astute leadership contributed to the development of Canada’s pre-eminent network for policy-oriented teaching and research.

Margaret Little, Political Studies/Women’s Studies
Margaret Little is an anti-poverty activist and academic who works in the area of single mothers on welfare, welfare/ workfare reform, and retraining for women on welfare. She is is the co-ordinator of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Certificate Programme. She is the author of No Car, No Radio, No Liquor Permit: The Moral Regulation of Single Mothers in Ontario, 1920-1997 (Toronto: Oxford University Press, 1998) which won the 1998 Chalmers Book Award. She is the recipient of a number of research awards including: the Chancellor's Research Award (2000-2005) to study the impact of welfare reforms under the Harris Government; SSHRC Strategic Grant to study low-income women retraining to be carpenters; SSHRC one-year grant (with the Canadian Postal Workers Union) to examine non-traditional retraining programs for women in CUPW; SSHRC Strategic Grant (2000-2003) (with Pat Evans, Carleton University and Janet Mosher, York University) to study the impact of welfare reforms on the safety and equality of women abused in their intimate relationships.

Kathy Lahey
Law professor Kathleen Lahey is an outspoken advocate for the legal recognition of same-sex partnerships. Lahey’s expertise includes the Charter of Rights (women, lesbians, gays and other minorities) and property-related issues related to marital status, gender, and sexuality. Recent publications include "Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships in Canada" in Robert Wintermute, ed., Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships in Domestic and International Law (Harper Press, 2001); ‘Becoming “Persons” in Canadian Law: Genuine Equality or “Separate but Equal”?’ in R. Wintemute and M. Andenaes eds. Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Partnerships: A Study of National, European and International Law. (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2001) 237; and “The Constitutional Division of Powers Over Marriage in Canada (Ottawa: Law Commission of Canada, 2000).

Trade policy

Robert Wolfe, Policy Studies
Robert Wolfe, expert in WTO, trade policy, foreign affairs, and Canada-U.S. relations teaches policy analysis, trade policy, and international organization in Queen's School of Policy Studies. He monitors current WTO developments. His current research projects include: The Doha Round in the WTO Democracy and the WTO Good governance at home and abroad; Institutions for North American Integration; Trade and regulation (food safety, telecoms); and Dynamic density and Canadian diplomacy. From 1976 to 1995 Robert Wolfe was a foreign-service officer with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, serving abroad in Dhaka, Bangladesh (1977-79) and in the Canadian Delegation to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris (1981-85). In Ottawa he worked in the National Security Section, the U.S. Trade and Economic Relations Division, as Executive Assistant to the Ambassador for Multilateral Trade Negotiations and Prime Minister's Personal Representative, Economic Summit, and in the International Economic Relations Division.
Recent publications include: "Informal ministerial meetings and the WTO: multilateralism with large and small numbers, revisited," (Prepared for presentation at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, Montreal, March 17-20, 2004);
"Reform Proposals for the WTO" (Remarks prepared for the International Development Research Centre, Canada conference on “The World Trade System: Challenges and Opportunities from the Development Perspective”, Ottawa, December 11, 2003); 'Where’s the Beef? Law, Institutions and the Canada-U.S. Border,' (December 2003); "The WTO on the Way to Cancun: Crossing the River by Feeling the Stones'.

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