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Canadian Annual Review of Politics and Public Affairs 2002

Canadian Annual Review of Politics and Public Affairs 2002

Copyright Date: 2008
Pages: 304
  • Book Info
    Canadian Annual Review of Politics and Public Affairs 2002
    Book Description:

    Continuing in the tradition of excellence for which the series has long been acclaimed, theCanadian Annual Review of Politics and Public Affairs 2002presents detailed information and insightful analyses of issues and events that have had a lasting impact both nationally and internationally.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-8752-3
    Subjects: Political Science

Table of Contents

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-x)
  3. Contributors
    (pp. xi-xii)
  4. Canadian calendar 2002
    (pp. xiii-2)
    (pp. 3-8)

    To no one’s surprise 2002 was dominated by the issues that had captivated the world’s attention at the end of 2001: the attacks on the United States and the subsequent ‘war on terrorism’ declared by the Bush administration. Canada had chosen to stand ‘shoulder to shoulder’ with its southern neighbour in response to those attacks, and in 2002 the meaning of that commitment became clear as Canada entered into fullscale combat operations in Afghanistan, suffered its first casualties, and ended the year torn over whether to follow the United States should it choose to take its war to Iraq. On...


    • Parliament and politics
      (pp. 9-49)

      ‘I will not run again,’ said Jean Chrétien on 21 August 2002. With those words a beleaguered prime minister conceded, at last, that his day was over. A rival faction within the Liberal Party of Canada had toiled, fervently and now successfully, to discomfort the prime minister and in doing so hasten the day when the new favourite, Paul Martin, could take his place. Chrétien was determined to leave on his own terms, at a time of his choosing. With his announcement, the agonizingly slow process of succession that had begun in earnest during Chrétien’s second mandate (1997–2000) suddenly...

    • Foreign affairs and defence
      (pp. 50-84)

      Canada continued to come to grips with the changed contours in world politics in the wake of both the attacks of 11 September 2001 and the advent of President George W. Bush’s ‘America first’ unilateralism. With its ‘you’re either with us or against us’ mentality, the Bush administration made it plain to the world that, for Washington, it would not be business as usual. As a result, former prime minister Pierre Trudeau’s assessment of Canada–U.S. relations as like ‘a mouse in bed with an elephant’ seemed as applicable as ever: ‘No matter how friendly ... one is affected by...

    • Municipal affairs
      (pp. 85-97)

      In 2002 there was increasing attention at the federal level to the plight of Canada’s cities. Discussions about new powers and forms of revenue for the major municipalities became more intense. In April the Prime Minister’s Caucus Task Force on Urban Issues (chaired by Toronto area MP Judy Srgo) issued its interim report, arguing for a national urban strategy. At the end of May the prime minister’s main political rival, Finance Minister Paul Martin, called for a ‘new deal’ for cities in a major address to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. When Martin was forced out of cabinet in June,...


    • British Columbia
      (pp. 98-109)

      The year 2002 was one of change for British Columbians, as Premier Gordon Campbell and the governing Liberal Party continued to transform the province, building on efforts they had begun after their landslide election victory in 2001. Critics weighed in to express their opposition to the changes, which included rollbacks, tax cuts, and public sector job losses. Chief among these critics was the Opposition New Democratic Party. Reflecting on Campbell’s first year in power, NDP leader Joy MacPhail said, ‘He has changed pretty much everything, top to bottom, in this province’ (Vancouver Sun, 16 May).

      The NDP were not alone...

  8. Alberta
    (pp. 110-123)

    Environmental issues are only rarely a prominent feature of Alberta politics. The significance of resource extraction industries to the province’s economy has tended to marginalize environmental concerns. That was decidedly not the case in 2002, as the year in Alberta was dominated by two environmental questions. The first was a prolonged drought that devastated Alberta’s agricultural communities. The second was the federal government’s ratification of the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

    Probably no other event in the year was felt by more Albertans than the drought that paralyzed the province in 2002. Most Albertans...

  9. Saskatchewan
    (pp. 124-133)

    Saskatchewan is constantly being challenged by climatic and economic factors over which it has no control: 2002 produced a set of challenges that were all too familiar to the government and people of this province. It is not surprising therefore, that in 2002 the provincial government produced a budget entitled ‘Meeting the Challenge for the Saskatchewan People’ and a massive national media promotional campaign for the province named ‘Wide Open Future.’ These two titles reflected what historically have been and continue to be the two key components of the social and political psyche of the people of Saskatchewan – determination and...

  10. Obituaries
    (pp. 253-260)
  11. Index of Names
    (pp. 261-280)
  12. Index of Subjects
    (pp. 281-298)