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vol 48, no 1, spring 2018

EDITORIAL



REFLECTIONS ON THE ABORIGINAL QUESTION IN CANADA

Gilles Paquet

The solution of the Aboriginal question in Canada cannot emerge from some imperial shower of rights by the state on Aboriginals, but only from a robust negotiation between co-sovereign partners about rights and responsibilities.









FEATURED



CO-SOVEREIGNTY BETWEEN CANADIANS AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES: A SESQUICENTENNIAL RESET

Paul Brown

The plight of Indigenous peoples in Canada is well recognized, and the thrust of reconciliation between Canadians and the Aboriginals has increasingly turned towards partnering with indigenous people. It is argued by Paul Brown that nothing less than the creation of co-sovereignty arrangements between non-Indigenous Canadians and Indigenous peoples in the Canadian political space is necessary if effective reconciliation and effective joint development is to materialize.










MAKING THE CANADIAN FEDERATION COMPLETE

Ian Peach

Developing the practical arrangements necessary to make co-sovereignty work will require arrangements to share their sovereignty. If one were to approach this challenge by learning from our experience with the principle of federalism in Canada, we can draw on a vast wealth of knowledge learned in crafting a co-sovereignty arrangement that has the potential to pass the test of time.










FINANCIAL CONSOLIDATION AND THE PRODUCTIVITY PUZZLE: OBSERVATIONS FROM A SUB-NICHE

Gary Caldwell

The intensification of financial consolidation activity has been a major factor in the decline of productivity, and the process of deskilling. The consequence of such predatory capitalism has been a decline in innovation. Most important has been the role of state institutions like the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec in facilitating the work of consolidators.









LETTER



LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Gilles Paquet







NEW FEATURE



REMARKABLE ESSAYS BY YOUNG SCHOLARS

Gilles Paquet

The editorial team of Optimumonline is always looking for contributions by younger scholars for our Journal since they are likely to be the boldest and the most adventurous members of our community. Especially when these younger scholars are coached by the best seasoned-policy thinkers in the land, their best work deserves an audience such as ours. As an experiment we ask Tom Courchene, a highly respected and always imaginative thinker if his current students might have produced remarkable work. He responded by submitting two papers that the editorial team, like Courchene, found remarkable. We hope that our readers will enjoy those papers by Brandon Ratz and Alexander J. Schmidt-Shoukri of Queen's University.

We would like to invite colleagues across Canada to consider our invitation to submit to us papers by their students on policy and governance issues. We would be gratified if they choose to exercise this option.









WHO'S IN THE MIDDLE? AN ATTAINMENT-BASED DEFINITION OF CANADA'S MIDDLE CLASS

Brandon Ratz

This paper outlines various methods of identifying the middle class. It constructs a definition of the middle class in three Canadian provinces (British Columbia, Ontario, and New Brunswick).









AN EXAMINATION OF THE CANADIAN RETIREMENT INCOME SYSTEM

Alexander J. Schmidt-Shoukri

This paper discusses some of the problems that are currently (or will be) encountered if the system is not changed. A thoughtful examination of some potential solutions to the challenges are presented.










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