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An Independent Senate: 
A new challenge to politics and policy in Canada? 
Political parties are on the way out in Canada’s Senate. Will they be replaced by genuine sober second thought? Or will an unelected elite undercut democracy?
Please join us for a panel discussion moderated by Tom Axworthy, senior fellow of the Munk School of Global Affairs and Massey College, and featuring current senator Pamela Wallin, past senator Lorna Marsden, and senate experts Dr. David E. Smith of Ryerson University and Emmett Macfarlane from the University of Waterloo
When: February 22, 2018 |  5:30pm - 7:30pm
Where: Massey College, University of Toronto, 4 Devonshire Place
  • Thomas Sidney 'Tom' Axworthy, OC is a Canadian civil servant, political strategist, writer and professor. He is best known for having served as Principal Secretary and Chief Speechwriter to Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau

    Tom Axworthy
  • Pamela Wallin, OC SOM is a Canadian senator, former television journalist, and diplomat. She was appointed to the senate on January 2, 2009, where she sat as a Conservative.

    Pamela Wallin
    Canadian Senator
  • Lorna Marsden, CM OOnt is a Canadian sociologist, academic, and former politician. She is the former President and Vice-Chancellor of both Wilfrid Laurier University and York University

    Lorna Marsden
    Former Politician
  • David E. Smith, OC, FRSC is Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the Department of Politics and Public Administration and a member of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies at Ryerson University.

    Dr. David E. Smith
    Distinguished Visiting Scholar
  • Emmett Macfarlane is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Waterloo. He is a regular contributor to Maclean's , the Globe and Mail , and the Institute for Research on Public Policy's Policy Options.

    Emmett Macfarlane
    Author & Professor