Montreal – In the budget tabled today, the Government of Canada announced a contribution of $10 million to the Institute for Research on Public Policy to create a Centre of Excellence on the Canadian Federation.
A permanent research body housed at the Institute, the mission of the Centre will be to reinforce research capacity on issues related to federalism. Specifically, the Centre will:
“We are delighted to receive the support of Government of Canada for such an important initiative and we salute its commitment to research,” said IRPP President Graham Fox. “Our country has changed tremendously over the last several decades. Our economy is more open to the world and draws its strengths from different regions and sectors. Our people are older, more diverse and more urban. And our provinces and territories have different relationships with Ottawa and with each other. We now have to ensure we understand those changes and the impact they might have on the federal community.”
With a 45-year history of publishing high-quality, independent research, and a solid track record in this field, the IRPP is uniquely positioned to take on this role. Consistent with the mission of the IRPP, the Centre will insist on research independence and disseminate its research on federalism broadly without engaging in partisan debate.
“The absence of an imminent crisis makes this an ideal time to invest in research on federal arrangements, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, democratic institutions, and better understanding public attitudes toward the federation,” Graham Fox concluded. “We must reinforce the research foundations to ensure an informed and thoughtful debate on a host of issues important to Canadians and their governments.”
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