We are very honored that the following speakers have agreed to help us in the discussion. We welcome economists Dr. David
Murrell of UNB and Dr. Philip Merrigan of UQAM, tax expert John Williamson from Canadian Taxpayers Federation, eldercare expert
Caroline Tapp-McDougall, childcare CEO Kathy Graham, feminist legal scholar Rebecca Bromwich, pension rights activist Frank
Stokes, as well as politicians Garth Turner, independent MP, Guy St-Julien former Conservative and Liberal MP, and Elizabeth
May, leader of the Green Party of Canada.Beverley Smith and Sara Landriault, co-hosts will also speak, Smith outlining the
history of activism in this area.
SPEAKER BIOS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER:
Graduate of honors social anthropology at the U of Calgary and of Queens
University faculty of law, she holds an LLM and LLB.. A law professor
at Fanshawe College in London Ontario and lecturer at the University of
Western Ontario, she is married and has two young daughters. She practises family law and immigration law and has recently
published several studies of youth justice.
CEO of the Association of Day Care Operators of Ontario, an organization that represents independent, private and nonprofit
licensed childcare operators of Ontario.She serves as a consulatant for ABCs of Childrens Care & Education and reviews
social policy as it affects all children.
coordinator of the Care of Child Coalition
raised in Nova Scotia, currently living near Ottawa, mother of 3
she was instrumental in organizing support for survivors of
breast cancer and more recently a national rally in Ottawa to support equal
funding for all care styles for children (Oct 2005). In the spring
of 2006 she organized an open information session for all MPPs
at Queens Park to discuss caregiving and she has spoken to
the federal committee on finance about caregiving issues. She
maintains an active national blog on caregiving
Graduate of Dalhousie Law school and admitted to the bars of Nova Scotia
and Ontario Ms. May has served as policy advisor to the federal minister
of the environment from 1986 to 1988. An active environmentalist and
author she has served as executive director of the Sierra Club of Canada
and is currently head of the Green Party of Canada. She is an officer
of the Order of Canada.
Merrigan, Dr. Philip
Ph..D Brown University, Rhode Island,
Professor of economics at U of Quebec at Montreal
author or coauthor of papers on tax policy and fertility, the effect of childcare
arrangements on developmental outcomes, welfare policy in Canada,
maternal paid work and child development, parenting practices, economics
and spacing of births, conjugal unions and single motherhood, family labour
supply and life cycle, wellbeing and poverty, time allocation and paid work
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Murrell, Dr. David
Professor of Economics, University of New Brunswick
teaching regional economic development and public finance.
He has published widely and is a member of the editorial board of the
Canadian Journal of Regional Science and former editor of
The Atlantic Canada Economics Association Papers and Proceedings
He is author of Following the Money Trail, Beyond a Hard Place
and Could Do Better
Graduate of the University of Calgary she teaches school in
Calgary and has written extensively about equality rights for
women who do unpaid work. In 1997 she made a complaint at
The United Nations that Canadas tax, pension and childcare laws
do not adequately recognize unpaid caregiving and her complaint
was supported by several national and international groups.
She currently edits an international newsletter on caregiving and
was a guest speaker in March 2006 in New York city at a conference of
UN delegates and nondelegates about the international movement to value womens unpaid work.
Member of Parliament for the riding of Abitibi, BaieJames Nunavik, first elected
in 1984 he has served with both the Progressive Conservative and Liberal
Parties. (Progressive Conservative 198493, Liberal 19972004)
Born in ValDOr Quebec his commitment to caregiving has led
him to bring forward several private members bills. He is a former director of human resources and a senior clerk and
currently is active
in the Marivik Corporation advising on government relations.
Retired school teacher and advocate of pension income splitting for eight years. In the last year was founding president
of the organization Canadian Activists for Pension Splitting, Regroupement des Canadiens pour le partage des pensions (CAPS/RCPP),
one of the numerous organizations of the Common Front for Pension Splitting, which was instrumental in recently achieving
pending legislation for retirement income splitting for tax purposes.
a graduate of York University and past president of the Canadian
Occupational Therapy Foundation, she is on the board of Epilepsy
Toronto. She publishes Solutions magazine focusing on elder care
in Canada and Todays Kids in Motion, a magazine for children
with special needs. She has recently written The Complete
Canadian Eldercare Guide
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Graduate of the University of Toronto and the University of Western Ontario, he has authored seven books on economics
and finance, held positions with the Globe and Mail, Macleans, Sun Media and CTV and founded and managed numerous companies.
Elected to Parliament for HaltonPeel from 1988 to 1993 he eventually served as Minister of National Revenue and was a leadership
candidate for the federal Progressive Conservative Party. He has been national director of the Sierra Legal Defence Fund and
national spokesperson for the Alzheimer Society of Canada. He currently serves as the Independent MP for the riding of Halton
Ontario and restores heritage landmarks in Ontario. His next book, on federal politics, will be published in March, 2007.
was appointed federal director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) in January 2004. He joined the organization
in September 2002 as provincial director in Ontario. The CTF was established in 1990 and is a non-partisan taxpayer research
and advocacy organization with over 72,000 supporters. It is dedicated to lower taxes, less waste, and more accountable government.
Prior to joining the CTF, John worked at the National Post as an editorial writer and a member of the papers Editorial
Board. His writing focused primarily on tax and social policy, government spending, and parliamentary reform. John was born
and raised in New Brunswick. He studied economics and government at McGill University in Montreal.