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New Government

2010-03-19

Low-Income Canadians Margaret Little "I am quite concerned about what this government could mean for poor people," says anti-poverty activist and Political/Women's Studies Professor Margaret Little. "The child care plan will not put enough money in the hands of low-income single parents to allow them to find daycare and work outside the home so it will only benefit those who are already able to afford the care. And if they go through with the one percent GST reduction that will benefit the poor slightly - but ever so slightly. What is really worrisome is the Tory desire to reduce the government and reduce government spending. In doing so this will put more responsibility on the provinces to care for the poor." Dr. Little won the Chancellor's Research Award to study the impact of welfare reforms under the Harris Government and is the author of the forthcoming "The Leaner, Meaner Welfare Machine: The Harris Government's Ideological and Material Attack on Single Mothers" (in Making Normal: Social Regulaton in Canada, Debi Brock, ed., UofT Press). mjhl@post.queensu.ca 613-533-6000 Ext. 74930 Quebec John McGarry John McGarry, Queen's Canada Research Chair in Nationalism and Democracy says, "The Conservative position on provincial rights should help the federalists in Quebec (i.e the provincial Liberals)." Dr. McGarry can speak to the role and future of Quebec under the Conservative Government. He can also address the possibilities and consequences associated with a proportional representation and other electoral structures - especially where nationalist groups are concerned. His research interests include power-sharing (Consociationalism); federalism; regional autonomy; secession; globalization and minority nationalism; the management of ethnic conflict; and the politics of Northern Ireland. He is the co-author of a new book of essays: The Northern Ireland Conflict: Consociational Conflict (Oxford University Press, 2004) and a co-editor of Minority Nationalism and the Changing International Order (Oxford University Press, 2001). mcgarryj@post.queensu.ca 613-533-6237 Policy Keith Banting Queen's Research Chair in Public Policy Keith Banting can speak to the impact of this government on issues like provincial/federal relations, social assistance levels, and/or health policy. He is the author of Poverty, Politics and Policy and The Welfare State and Canadian Federalism. In addition, he is an editor and co-author of another dozen books dealing with public policy, including Degrees of Freedom: Canada and the United States in a Changing World and Federalism and Health Policy: A Comparative Perspective on Multi-Level Governance. He has also contributed a lengthy list of articles to journals and other books bantingk@post.queensu.ca 613-533-3094 Canadian/International Business David Detomasi Government-business relations expert David Detomasi can comment on the impact of the Conservative Government on business-government relations both within Canada and internationally. Dr. Detomasi teaches international business and country analysis at Queen's School of Business. In the private sector, he has consulted with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and The World Economic Forum in examining the strategic and governance practices of the world's most influential companies. His research interests include international corporate/social responsibility, the international political economy, public-sector management, international security and corporate governance. 613-533-6989 ddetomasi@business.queensu.ca Bay St. vs. Calgary Peter Fiss Assistant Professor of Strategy and Organization Peter Fiss can speak to how Canadian corporate strategy might change under a government likely to have the ear of Alberta-based business. Interested in the intersection of strategic management and economic sociology, Dr. Fiss has lately studied the process and consequences of globalization. He is the co-author of "The Discourse of Globalization: Framing and Sensemaking of an Emerging Concept," American Sociological Review (2005). 613-533-6797 fiss@business.queensu.ca
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