Freedom from Government: The Origin of Good Ideas

By: Dale Eisler, Senior Policy Fellow, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

A major preoccupation of people in government is policy innovation. More specifically, it’s how to inject new ideas and ways of doing things that result in policy with innovative a...

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Pipeline Policy, Politics and the Public Interest

By: Dale Eisler, Senior Policy Fellow, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy

The dispute between the governments of Alberta, British Columbia and Canada over the proposed Trans-Mountain pipeline presents a compelling case study on a fundamental challenge th...

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Ensuring prosperity: A new Canadian trade agenda

By: Colin Robertson, former Canadian Diplomat and Federal Trade Official

Trade is a cornerstone of Canada’s economy and society. The very idea of Canada was formed on the need to create a union based on trade and commerce.

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Are superclusters sensible policy?

By: Peter W.B. Phillips, Distinguished Profressor, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy; Director, Johnson Shoyama Centre for the Study of Science and Innovation Policy

After two years of anticipation and competition, the federal government announced Feb 15 the five winning “superclusters” designed to spur economic development and innovation in Ca...

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The grim reality of Canada’s biggest policy failure

By: Dale Eisler, Senior Policy Fellow, JSGS

When it comes to judging a public policy approach, the starting point is to agree there is a reality that, based on existing social and economic norms, is unacceptable. With that ...

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Assessing Social Impact Bonds in Canada

By: Iryna Khovrenkov, Assistant Professor, JSGS, University of Regina; and Cindy Kobayashi, President, 4Change Consulting

In 2015, as part of his mandate letters, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau identified the development of a Social Finance and Social Innovation Strategy as a priority. With Canada faci...

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