Canadian Social Democracy Study


Law, Public Administration, and Challenges to Democracy: A Conference in Honour of Allan E. Blakeney

On November 6th-7th, 2015, a national conference is being held in Saskatoon to honour the life and memory of The Honourable Allan E. Blakeney, former Premier of Saskatchewan, Canadian statesman, and University of Saskatchewan scholar. As a politician, public administrator, lawyer and professor, Blakeney cared passionately about improving all aspects of Canadian democracy. As such, the theme of the conference is challenges facing democracy in Canada at the start of the 21st century.

Dr. David McGrane, the Principal Investigator of the Canadian Social Democracy Study, is one of the primary organizers of the conference.

The conference is free of charge to all attendees.  Students and members of the public are particularly encouraged to attend.  You are welcome to attend the whole conference or just come to the panels that interest you. A full conference program with abstracts for all of the presentations can be found below.

The time and place of the conference will be Room 150 in the Law Building at the University of Saskatchewan on Friday, November 6, 1:30pm-5:00pm and Saturday, November 7, 9:00am-5:00pm.  The Broadbent Institute will be hosting a reception at the close of the conference from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in the Atrium of the Law Building.

A very exciting roster of speakers has been confirmed: Roy Romanow, Simone Chambers, Hugo Cyr, John Whyte, Mark Walters, Reg Whitaker, Katherine Walker, Dwight Newman, John Courtney, David Coletto, Melanee Thomas, Michael Atkinson, Alex Himelfarb, David McGrane, Greg Marchildon, and Nelson Wiseman.  For more information or to register for the conference please email: Registering helps the conference organizers know how much food to order for the coffee breaks.

An edited collection of essays coming out of the conference will be submitted for publication to the University of Regina Press.

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The sponsors of the conference are the College of Law (University of Saskatchewan), the Political Studies Department within the College of Arts and Science (University of Saskatchewan), the Political Studies Department of St. Thomas More College, and the Broadbent Institute.




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