Review of Constitutional Studies

Articles from Vol. 9, No. 1-2, January-July

A Passive Internationalist: Jean Chretien and Canadian Foreign Policy
I. INTRODUCTION Jean Chretien and Canadian foreign policy are not often combined in the same sentence. Unlike his predecessors, Pierre Trudeau and Brian Mulroney, who came to be linked rather closely with a particular style and substance of foreign...
Chretien and North America: Between Integration and Autonomy
I. INTRODUCTION In recent years politicians on both sides of the border have characterized the relationship between Canada and the United States as one of "family and friends." Prime Minister Chretien said immediately after the September 11 attacks:...
Could the Rebels Find a Cause? House of Commons Reform in the Chretien Era
I. INTRODUCTION Jean Chretien's three consecutive majority governments stand as a testament to his political acumen. While his success was certainly assisted by the lack of a viable national alternative, there can be no denying the fact that Chretien...
Introduction: The Chretien Legacy
As guest editors for this special issue on the Chretien Legacy we have greatly appreciated the opportunity to reflect on the last decade of Canadian politics and to solicit and collect articles that canvas a wide terrain of public policy. We were delighted...
Jean Chretien and a Decade of Party System Change
I. INTRODUCTION When Jean Chretien assumed the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada in June, 1990, the Canadian party system was entering a period of turmoil. The pan-Canadian, two-party plus system of partisan competition that had matured...
Jean Chretien's Continental Legacy: From Commitment to Confusion
I. INTRODUCTION Assessing a prime minister's legacy presents analysts with a logical and empirical minefield. Of the many things that happen during prime ministerial tenures, only some can be attributed to their personal agency. In those international...
Jean Chretien's Immigration Legacy
I. INTRODUCTION The retirement of Jean Chretien in December 2003--after a decade as Prime Minister, and after close to forty continuous years in public life (1)--offers an opportunity to reflect on his impact on Canadian political and social life....
Jean Chretien's Quebec Legacy: Coasting Then Stickhandling Hard
I. INTRODUCTION On 25 October 1993, Jean Chretien's Liberals surged to power in Ottawa, sweeping out the Tories by capturing 176 seats in the House of Commons. But only nineteen Liberal seats were from Quebec, where the sovereigntist Bloc quebecois...
La Petite Vision, Les Grands Decisions: Chretien's Paradoxical Record in Social Policy
I. INTRODUCTION In Canada, social policy looms large on our political landscape and in our personal lives. It encompasses the largest part of public expenditures at both orders of government, a great deal of the work of public service bureaucracies,...
Looking Forward without Looking Back: Jean Chretien's Legacy for Aboriginal-State Relations
I. INTRODUCTION Jean Chretien's involvement with Aboriginal (1) policy began more than three decades ago as a young Minister of Indian Affairs with the Trudeau government. This is a long period, perhaps, by prime ministerial standards, but not so...
The Chretien Ethics Legacy
I. INTRODUCTION A central promise in the Liberal Red Book, or campaign platform of 1993, was to "govern with integrity." Chapter six of the Red Book was devoted to ethics reforms designed to overcome "cynicism about public institutions." (1) The...
The Chretien Legacy
I. INTRODUCTION As Jean Chretien leaves office after more than a decade as Prime Minister, he leaves a distinctive legacy. His personal stamp on the country's consciousness will never match the extraordinary stature of his Liberal predecessor, Pierre...
The Chretien Liberal Legacy and Women: Changing Policy Priorities with Little Cause for Celebration
I. INTRODUCTION For feminist academics and activists, the Chretien Liberal years can hardly be feted. The Chretien Liberals' policy legacy, a smorgasbord spanning ten years, represents more of a famine than a feast when it comes to satiating women's...
The Chretien Non-Legacy: The Federal Role in Health Care Ten Years on ... 1993-2003
I. INTRODUCTION Reform of health care in Canada arguably marks the greatest missed opportunity for the Chretien government to leave a lasting legacy--a failure ironically tied to Chretien's greatest legacy, the fiscal record of his government. While...
The Devil's in the Detail: The Chretien Legacy for the Third Sector
I. INTRODUCTION When the Liberals won a resounding victory in the 1993 federal election, the quality and nature of Canadian democracy was undergoing a transformation. Both governments and public interest organizations were caught in this process...
The Urban Legacy of Jean Chretien
I. INTRODUCTION It is certainly not the urban legacy of Jean Chretien that will be his most lasting, or his most positive contribution to Canadian society. At best, it is a mixed legacy; on the negative side dominated by the withdrawal of the federal...
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