Canadian Parliamentary Review, Vol. 37, No. 2 - Constituency Offices in Focus

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Constituency offices, virtually absent from the landscape 10 to 20 years earlier, became a more common sight in the 1970s. Here we present archival photos of former Ontario MPP John MacBeth, who served in cabinet as Solicitor General, Minister of Correctional Services and Minister of Labour, at work in one of his constituency offices. 

Summary:

  • Letter from the Editor - Will Stos
  • Changing Partisan Representatives While Maintaining Office Staff - Interview with Elizabeth Witmer, former MPP
  • No Independent Office Space: the PEI Experience - Interview with Paula Biggar, MLA
  • Under One Roof: Federal and Provincial Parliamentarians Share Constituency Office Space - Interview with Gilles Bisson, MPP
  • A Constituency of Millions: “Elected” Senators Discuss Alternatives to Operating a Province-wide Constituency Office - Interviews with Senator Doug Black and Senator Betty Unger
  • “The People’s Office”: Constituency Offices in the Far North Roundtable with Michael Nadli, MLA, Frederick (Sonny) Blake Jr., MLA, and Kevin Menicoche, MLA
  • British Columbia Reaches a New Benchmark for Women’s Representation by Hon. Linda Reid, MLA
  • Experiential Learning in the Constituency Office: Educational Innovation at Ryerson University by Patrice Dutil
  • Perceptions and Performance: How Do MPs Shape Up? by Elisabeth Gidengil and Heather Bastedo
  • Book Excerpt: Tragedy in the Commons “What Job Is This Anyway?” by Alison Loat and Michael MacMillan
  • Constituency Offices: By the Numbers by Julie Anderson
  • The Constituency Project Ten Years On by Peter MacLeod
  • Parliamentary Book Shelf
  • Legislative Reports
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