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The Unimagined Canadian Capital

The Unimagined Canadian Capital

by Gilles Paquet and Rupak Chattopadhyay
Too many stakeholders have neglected their duty of imagining an inspiring federal capital region for Canada. Under the auspices of the Forum of Federations, a number of persons interested in the fate of Canada’s federal capital region came together to examine the challenges facing the region and to put forward suggestions to deal with them. 

In this report on the brainstorming exercise conducted in January 2011, professionals, academics and elected officials take stock of the vast array of assets on which the federal capital region can build; probe the many sources of failures in coping as effectively and creatively as one would expect with the diversity, trans-border, financial and governance challenges; and make suggestions to ensure that the federal capital region does not remain “unimagined” in the future.
Rupak Chattopadhyay is President of the Forum of Federations, a global network on federalism, that brings together elected officials, civil servants and experts involved in federalism from round the world.
Gilles Paquet is Professor Emeritus at the Telfer School of Management and Senior Research Fellow at the Centre on Governance of the University of Ottawa. He is also the Editor in Chief of

Table of Contents



Rupak Chattopadhyay

Introduction   The Chautauqua

Gilles Paquet

Part I Factum

About Canada’s Federal Capital Region

Gilles Paquet

Supporting Documents

The Crippling Influence of the National Authority

John H. Taylor

Federal National Capital Matters 

Meyer Burstein

Transportation Failure in the Federal Capital Region

Eric Champagne

Ottawa as the National Capital: Fiscal Issues

Almos Tassonyi

Part II Proposals

Suggestions Emerging From the Colloquium

Gilles Paquet

Supporting Documents

A Greater Role for Municipalities 

Caroline Andrew and Guy Chiasson

Fixing the Ontario Side of the Federal Capital Region

Andrew Sancton

Bridging Mechanisms for the Federal Capital Region

David L.A. Gordon and André Juneau

A Capital for All Canadians

Preston Manning

Plans for the Future of Canada’s Capital

David L.A. Gordon


Ingrédients d’une ambition territoriale  

Anne Gilbert

Governing the Re-imagination of the Federal Capital Region

Gilles Paquet

Annex   List of Participants

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