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Equalization 101: What Do You Know and What Do You Need to Know?

Equalization and federal transfers are always a hot topic, especially in Alberta. Canadians have debated, sometimes fiercely, the pros and cons of these programs since Confederation. But with Albertans facing a referendum on removing the principle of Equalization from the Constitution this October, the importance of understanding the program has never been higher. Where did it come from? Why is it in the Constitution? How does it work? And is it fair to Albertans? In this talk, Professor Trevor Tombe will shed light on these and other important questions to ensure you're well informed before voting in the municipal election this fall.

Bio: Trevor Tombe is a Professor of Economics at the University of Calgary and a Research Fellow at The School of Public Policy. His research, which focuses on economic and fiscal integration, internal trade, and fiscal federalism, has been published in top economics journals, such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Monetary Economics, and the Canadian Journal of Economics. He also serves as Graduate Program Director in the Department of Economics, is on the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Economics and is Co-Director of Finances of the Nation. In addition to his academic research and professional service, he is deeply committed to promoting the public understanding of economics through policy publications and active media engagement.

Date: Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Time: 7:00 pm—8:15 pm

Location: Online with Zoom

Registration is required. You must be a CALL member to register.

For more information, contact Adrienne Kertzer 


CALL Connects/ Reconnects  - Open to Members and Guests

October 12/ 21 - 3 to 4 pm

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Calgary Votes 2021

In this panel, Political Scientists Jack Lucas and Melanee Thomas will share their research on elections and will discuss how their research informs their perspectives on possible outcomes when Calgarians vote on October 18th.

Jack Lucas is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Calgary. His research focuses on Canadian municipal democracy, elections, and representation. He is the director of the Canadian Municipal Barometer, an annual survey of Canadian mayors and councillors. He is also a member of the Canadian Municipal Election Study, a large-scale study of municipal voting behaviour in eight large Canadian cities, including Calgary. His research publications include Big City Elections in Canada, a forthcoming book with profiles on high-profile city elections, including Calgary’s 2017 election.

Abstract: Using data from public opinion surveys of Calgarians in 2017, 2018, and 2021, this presentation will provide an overview of the factors that predict Calgarians’ vote choices in mayoral and council elections.

Melanee Thomas is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Calgary. She is also Academic Director, EDI Data Collection and Analysis, Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Her research on the causes and consequences of gender-based political inequality focuses on political attitudes and behavior. Her objectives are to identify how Canadians think about themselves in politics, explain how their thinking is structured by gender, sexism, and racism, with the goal of developing solutions that ameliorate and strengthen our democratic politics. Her work has been published in several academic outlets, including Politics & Gender, Political Behavior, Environmental Politics, and Electoral Studies.

Abstract: This presentation will outline how equity, diversity, and inclusion present themselves in municipal politics. Drawing on the current Calgary municipal election as well as insights from elections at other levels of government, the presentation will address topics such as candidate demographics, policy framing, and anticipated effects of more (less) diversity outcomes on the operation of Calgary City Council.

Date: Wednesday Oct. 13, 2021
Time: 7 pm to 8:30 pm
Location: Online with Zoom

Registration is required. You must be a CALL member to register.

For more information, contact Adrienne Kertzer


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