The final panel in the Policy Options election breakfast series considered the results of the general election and the likelihood that the new Parliament will produce a stable government. It explored what the makeup of the House of Commons says about interregional relationships and the ability of the government — of whatever colour or stripe — to govern in a way that is reflective of the federation as a whole. This event was part of a series of substantive conversations about how the 2019 campaign is unfolding, hosted by Policy Options, in partnership with the Max Bell School of Public Policy.

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Yolande James
Yolande James
Radio-Canada and CBC

Yolande James is a political commentator on Le club des ex, RDI, and on Power and Politics, CBC. She is also a lawyer-mediator. Previously, she served as a member of the Assemblée nationale du Québec, from 2004 to 2014, first as a parliamentary assistant, and then as minister of immigration and cultural communities (2007-10) and minister of the family (2010-12). She is frequently called on to give talks on immigration, women’s position in the labour market, and work-family balance.

Elizabeth Roscoe
Elizabeth Roscoe
Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada

Elizabeth Roscoe is senior vice president and national practice leader in public affairs at Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada. With close to 20 years in the communications sector, she has experience in broadcasting and telecommunications policy development, legislative reviews and CRTC proceedings. Among other positions, she was executive vice-president for strategic and public affairs planning at the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, she worked at Shaw Communications, and she served in various positions in several government departments.

Brian Topp
Brian Topp
KTG Public Affairs

Brian Topp is a partner at KTG Public Affairs. He has worked in the financial services sector, the labour movement and in government. He was chief of staff to Alberta premier Rachel Notley, deputy chief of staff to Saskatchewan premier Roy Romanow, executive director of ACTRA Toronto, and senior vice-president (trade services) at Credit Union Central of Canada. He is a graduate of McGill University (history and political science).

Moderator

Jennifer Ditchburn
Jennifer Ditchburn
Editor-in-chief of Policy Options

Jennifer Ditchburn is the editor-in-chief of Policy Options, the IRPP’s influential digital magazine. An award-winning journalist, she spent more than two decades covering national and parliamentary affairs for The Canadian Press and for CBC Television. She is a three-time winner of a National Newspaper Award and the recipient of the prestigious Charles Lynch Award for outstanding coverage of national issues. She is the coeditor (with Graham Fox) of The Harper Factor: Assessing a Prime Minister’s Policy Legacy (2016).