Preliminary Program by HC121106132948


									                   Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, Queen’s University
                                  Four Points Sheraton, Kingston
                                     September 28-29, 2006

Thursday, September 28     (Limestone AB, Four Points Sheraton)
    Noon – 1:00 PM         LUNCH and REGISTRATION

     1:00 to 2:30 PM      Session 1:     State of the Fiscal Federalism in Canada
     Chair:      Sean Conway (Institute of Intergovernmental Relations)
     Panelists: Robert Gagné (COF Advisory Panel on Fiscal Imbalance)
                 Al O’Brien (Expert Panel on Equalization)

     2:30 to 4:00 PM         Session 2: Fiscal Decentralization: Why and How?
     Do the provinces and the territories have access to the fiscal resources they need to meet
     their responsibilities? Should the federation be more fiscally decentralized, and if so,
     which approaches are best?
     Chair:      Peter Leslie (Queen’s University)
     Panelists: Jean-François Tremblay (University of Ottawa)
                 Michael Smart (University of Toronto)

     4:15 to 5:45 PM       Session 3: Equalization: Broke but Fixable?
     How much regional (interprovincial) redistribution, and through what means?
     Chair:     Louis Lévesque (Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Government
                of Canada)
     Panelists: Matthew Mendelsohn (Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Ontario)
                Janice MacKinnon (University of Saskatchewan)

     6:30 to 9:00 PM       CASH BAR AND DINNER (VIMY Officer’s Mess, CFB Kingston)
     Dinner Speaker: Hon. James Flaherty (Minister of Finance, Government of Canada)

Friday, 29 September       (Limestone C, Four Points Sheraton)
     8:00 to 9:00 AM       Continental Breakfast (Old Stones Bar and Gibraltar Room)

     9:00 to 10:15 AM      Session 4: Natural Resource Endowments and Fiscal
     Chair:     Jennifer Smith (Dalhousie University)
     Panelists: Robin Boadway (Queen’s University)
                Paul Boothe (University of Alberta)
10:30 to 11:45 PM     Session 5: The Economic and Social Roles of Cities and
                      Municipalities: “Partners or Paupers”?
Chair:     John Honderich (Special Advisor to the Premier of Ontario on the Future of
           Creative Cities)
Panelists: Tom Courchene (Queen’s University)
           Anne Golden (Conference Board of Canada)

11:45 to 1:00 PM     LUNCH: (Old Stones Bar and Gibraltar Room)

1:00 to 2:30 PM       Session 6: Open Federalism and the Reform of the Fiscal
                      Arrangements: Are the Institutions Adequate?
Chair:     Harvey Lazar (University of Victoria)
Panelists: Janice Stein (University of Toronto)
           Guy Laforest (Université Laval)

2:30 to 3:00 PM      Session 7: Foreign Perspectives
Chair:     Ronald L. Watts (Queen’s University)
Panelists: Anwar Shah (World Bank)
           Wolfgang Renzsch (University of Magdeburg)


3:15 to 4:45 PM         Session 7: Agenda for Decision: Fiscal and Political
                        Opportunities and Constraints Relating to the Re-Design of
                        Canadian Fiscal Federalism
Chair:     Alastair Saunders (Acting Deputy Minister, Government of Nova Scotia)
Panelists: Ken Boessenkool (Hill and Knowlton, Alberta)
           Mel Cappe (President and CEO, Institute for Research on Public Policy)
           Marc-Antoine Adam (Gouvernement du Québec, Visiting Fellow to the
           Institute of Intergovernmental Relations)

       The Institute gratefully acknowledges the support of the following sponsors:

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