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Bold Ideas

Bold Ideas: Policy Beyond Canada 150

As Canada marks its 150th birthday this year, Canadians have a historic opportunity not only to celebrate a century and a half of accomplishments, but also to look forward to what we can achieve in the future. The Mowat Centre is releasing a series of short written pieces and video interviews in the weeks leading up to July 1st that will look ahead and present a variety of bold, potentially transformative policy ideas.

Mowat asked a number of thought leaders in Canada and our own researchers what bold steps could be taken to tackle emerging policy issues that Canada will face in coming decades. Should Canada finally adopt a universal pharmacare program? Make our taxes public? Join the EU? Stay tuned as we look beyond the sesquicentennial and explore the bold ideas that could transform Canada over the next 50 years.

You can follow along – and join the conversation – by using the hashtag #boldideas

May 24, 2017 | John Stapleton

An Old Idea is New Again

A Royal Commission on a new amending formula for Canada’s Constitution to fix our fiscal imbalance

May 17, 2017 | Alan Broadbent

Cooperation Rather Than Coercion

An Informal Approach to Effective Regional Governance in Canada

For the last few decades, there has been a growing commentary on Canada’s anachronistic approach to its biggest cities. Over the 150 years of our country’s history, our large cities have become economic, social and cultural engines. More
May 15, 2017 | Michael Morden

Video: Morden on CBC discussing his Bold Idea regarding closer ties with the EU

Mowat policy associate Mike Morden on CBC TV's On the Money discussing his Bold Idea regarding closer ties with the EU. More
May 15, 2017 | Michael Morden

Canada Should Join the EU (sort of)

Canadians have always aspired to a kind of open, cosmopolitan citizenship. Wilfrid Laurier said freedom was our nationality. Pierre Trudeau declared himself a citizen of the world. More
May 9, 2017 | The Mowat Centre, Jennifer Keesmaat

Video: Jennifer Keesmat on CBC TV’s On the Money discussing her Mowat Bold Idea

City of Toronto chief planner and executive director Jennifer Keesmat on CBC TV's On the Money discussing her Mowat Bold Idea on the future of governance and finance in major Canadian cities. More
May 9, 2017 | Jennifer Keesmaat

Big Cities Need New Governance

Cities should represent progress. More than half of the global population now lives in cities and, according to the World Health Organization, this number continues to climb by 60 million people a year. The urbanization of our world should be a sign of our evolution as a species. But is it? More
May 2, 2017 | Danielle Martin

Mature Medicare

A Prescription for Canada's 150th

In 1957, Canada was just ten years shy of celebrating its centennial—still an adolescent nation, wrangling with domestic soul-searching and trying to carve out a name for itself in the international community. That year would see government pass the Hospital Insurance and Diagnostic Services Act. More