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- Immigrant Skilled Workers: Should Canada Attract More Foreign Students?
This paper examines federal and provincial immigration policy and explores some important issues relating to the process of admission of immigrants to Canada. It also analyzes areas where changes are needed to maximize the benefits from immigration to the Canadian economy faced with the challenges of aging population and changing labour market conditions. The paper emphasizes that immigration policy must be focused not simply on bringing in more people, but people who are likely to adapt to the Canadian lifestyle, contribute economically, abide by laws in the country, and become self-supporting.
- Health Spending in Saskatchewan: Recent Trends, Future Options
In our world of defined resources, and competing social needs, what is the best approach to financing an expensive – and increasingly costly – health care system? Mr. Daniel Hickey in his timely, thought-provoking study on health care in Saskatchewan examines this question through the two related issues of health expenditure trends and financing options.
- Performance Measurement, Reporting and Accountability: Recent Trends and Future Directions
This paper seeks to explore what makes performance measurement so attractive in theory, yet so difficult in practice. One needs to examine both successful and unsuccessful efforts to introduce performance measurement to assess what may work for any particular jurisdiction.
- This “New Europe”: Historic Policy Opportunities for Canada
While the idea of creating options for our foreign policy is not new, what is worth seriously reflecting on is the extent to which Europe is becoming a willing and able global partner. The purpose of this paper is to examine the extent to which Europe has profoundly reformed and strengthened its constitutional structure in recent years and consider various policy opportunities for Canada that such a new and differently oriented international actor presents.
- Royal Commissions and the Policy Cycle in Canada: The Case of Health Care
When governments have concluded that a fundamental re-examination of current policy is necessary and some new approaches are necessary, they are often tempted to reach beyond both tiers of government in favour of external instruments for extraordinary policy review. This paper analyzes the case for conducting a royal commission on health care in Canada.