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vol 46, no 4, winter 2016




IMMIGRATION THAT EXCEEDS ABSORPTIVE CAPACITY IS AN IMPOSTURE

Gilles Paquet

Canada has had a most successful immigration policy since the 1940s. It brought into Canada as many immigrants as it could absorb economically, politically, socially and culturally. Immigrants integrated within a decade. Increasing the flow in excess of absorptive capacity can only serve badly both old and new Canadians.







ABOUT THE NEW RHETORIC OF PROMISCUITY

Gilles Paquet

In our society of spectacle, rhetorical devices are current practice. Experts in public administration are now using loosely the word promiscuity to characterize the political-bureaucratic interface in Canada. Ralph Heintzman has recently used the word to indict the Clerk of Privy Council for his promiscuity with the Harper government, and for refusing to obey the orders of the Parliamentary Budget Officer — a super-bureaucratic Agent of Parliament. Paquet argues that the Heintzman argument is contestable. .







"MISGUIDED BEGUILING": QUESTIONING THE FOURTH REVOLUTION

Guy Stanley

Guy Stanley presents a sharp rebuke to Micklethwait and Wooldridge's plea for an ideal-type of government that argues that the ability of the state to provide services to the middle class through better management and technology could ensure that the private sector would be led to better serve the public purpose.







A DECONSTRUCTION OF THE NEW INCOME INEQUALITIES IN QUEBEC SINCE 2000

Roma Dauphin

The distribution of the incomes of Quebeckers in quintiles has not changed much between 1970 and 2000, but this is not the case afterward. In the recent past, the middle class has lost some ground, and the super-rich have gained some ground. Roma Dauphin shows that this displacement is ascribable to the effective lobbying by small groups. He shows how the lobby of doctors, in particular, has been quite effective. Some correctives are proposed.







LETTER FROM THE EDITOR IN CHIEF

Gilles Paquet














COMMENTARY ON GILLES PAQUET'S TABLEAU D'AVANCEMENT I, II AND III

Gilles Paquet









A CURMUDGEON'S SAYINGS ABOUT FRENCH CANADA

Clinton Archibald









THE MISSING DIMENSIONS IN PAQUET'S OPUS

Gary Caldwell









THE PERILS OF MIXING BAROQUE GOVERNANCE, SYSTEMS THINKING, AND IRONY

Andrea E. Courtney









AN INSTITUTIONALIST RESPONSE TO PAQUET

Rod Leggett










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