Last week marked the launch of the IRPP’s Centre of Excellence on the Canadian Federation. To celebrate, we’re putting out a special edition of the podcast hosted by centre director Charles Breton.

Charles came to the IRPP in 2019 from Vox Pop Labs, where as research director he led the design of innovative public opinion research tools such as Vote Compass. He holds a PhD in political science from the University of British Columbia. Before pursuing an academic career, he was a researcher and journalist for current affairs programs on Radio-Canada.

He’ll be speaking with Jörg Broschek, Stéphanie Chouinard and Alain Noël, three political scientists who contributed essays to the centre’s inaugural series. They’ll be drawing on those essays to discuss last week’s Speech from the Throne and its implications for Canadian federalism.

This is a bilingual podcast. Skip to the 25-minute mark to listen to the French part of the episode.

Download for free. New episodes every other Wednesday. Tweet your questions and comments to @IRPP or @charlesbreton.

Download for free. New episodes every other Wednesday. Tweet your questions and comments to @IRPP or any member of the team (@JRicardoBM, @jenditchburn, @colmfosullivan or @cleadesjardins).

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Charles Breton
Charles Breton is the executive director of the Centre of Excellence on the Canadian Federation at the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP) and the former research director at Vox Pop Labs. He holds a PhD from the University of British Columbia. Follow him on Twitter: @charlesbreton
Jörg Broschek
Jörg Broschek is Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Comparative Federalism and Multi-level Governance and associate professor at Wilfrid Laurier University. His research focuses on the long-term effects of institutional reforms in federal systems, as well as trade policy and federalism.
Stéphanie Chouinard
Stéphanie Chouinard is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Royal Military College and at Queen's University in Kingston. Her research interests focus on the role of the judiciary in Canada, language rights and Indigenous rights.
Alain Noël
Alain Noël is a professor of political science at the Université de Montréal. He is the author of Utopies provisoires : essais de politique sociale (Québec Amérique, 2019).