4 June 2015 - 12:00pm to 4 June 2015 - 2:30pm

University of Ottawa, Ontario

Imagining Canada in a Disenchanted World

The discourses of “authenticity,” “multiculturalism” and “nationalism” have jeopardized the Canadian State’s attempts to act as the anchor of a national political community. The question, then, is upon which principle can we build an inclusive national political community—one that is ready to make the compromises necessary to meet the demands of individuals and groups for public resources and wealth redistribution? Jean Leclair, Trudeau Fellow and Professor of Constitutional Law at the Université de Montréal, will discuss how a renewed understanding of federalism could offer a solution.

Thursday 4 June 2015 at 12:15 pm
University of Ottawa
Faculty of Social Sciences, Room 4007
 120 University, Ottawa

This event will take place in French, with simultaneous interpretation available.

This lecture is held within the context of the annual congress of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, as part of the Big Thinking Lecture series. 

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Jean Leclair

Recognized as the foremost expert of federalism in Canada, he turns a critical eye on the political relationships between peoples and governments and is developing a theory of federalism that takes into account the desire for autonomy of the Quebec and Aboriginal nations. 

2013 Fellows