Join the Canadian Club of Calgary for our inaugural speaker of the 2020-2021 season. Our speaker for this online luncheon will be Dr. Ted Morton, who will be delivering a lecture on the subject of "Alberta at the Cross-roads: the Status Quo Must Go."
Dr. Morton has been a commentator, public policy analyst, and provincial politician throughout a several decade-long career. Long described as being part of the "Calgary School" at the University of Calgary, he has had a tremendous impact on the politics of the province and country. Before his entry in academia and politics, he graduated with a Bachelors at the University of Colorado, followed by a Masters at the University of Toronto where he also completed his doctorate.
In 2001 he championed a political agenda alongside several other notable Canadians, such as future Prime Minister Stephen Harper, to increase provincial powers inside of confederation. These included Alberta's withdrawal from the Canada Pension Plan, ending the provincial contract with the RCMP, and collecting revenue for the province from income tax. These policies were advocated for in order to highlight an ongoing conversation about the relationship between provinces and the federal government in terms of our shared confederation. Many of these ideas have come up again as part of the ongoing consultations by the current provincial government.
The ideas Dr. Morton brings to the table have a proven track record of sticking around. He has more to say, and we at the Canadian Club of Calgary are excited to provide a platform for his newest additions to the public discourse.
Dr. Morton is a co-editor and contributor to the forthcoming book, Moment of Truth: How to Think About Alberta’s Future (Sutherland House Publications) later this Fall.
He now serves as Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Calgary.