Canadian Social Policy Renewal, 1994-2000

By Ian Peach and William Warriner  

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This is a story of how a group of largely provincial civil servants and politicians came together in the face of neoliberal hegemony to advance the national child Benefit, national children’s Agenda and Social Union Framework Agreement. This study peers behind the ideology of media-speak to show how canadian federalism was made to work and where it failed to work. It peers deeply into the canadian political economy to understand the role of these social programs in the context of globalization. Students of social policy will find it most informative as they contemplate the structures and processes needed for implementing social programs in a federalist system.

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  • Social Policy Environment
  • The Social Security Review
  • The 1995 Budget and the Council of Social Policy Reform and Renewal
  • Process and Structure for Social Policy Renewal
  • National Child Benefit
  • National Children’s Agenda
  • New Approaches to Canada’s Social Union
  • Conclusion


  • Ian Peach

    Currently the Director of the Saskatchewan Institute of Public Policy, Mr. Peach has been with the Government of Saskatchewan for eleven years. Prior to his appointment as Director, Mr. Peach was the 2003-04 Government of Saskatchewan Senior Policy Fellow and, later, the Research Director at the Saskatchewan Institute of Public Policy. Prior to his secondment to the Institute, he was Director of Constitutional Relations in the Department of Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs and, for five and one-half years, a Senior Policy Advisor in the Cabinet Planning Unit of Executive Council. In his sixteen years of public service, Mr. Peach has been involved numerous intergovernmental negotiations, including the Charlottetown Accord, the Calgary Declaration, the Social Union Framework Agreement, First Nation self-government agreements, and the Canada-Saskatchewan Northern Development Accord. He has also been involved in developing Saskatchewan’s policies on a broad range of issues, including Saskatchewan’s argument before the Supreme Court of Canada in the Quebec Secession Reference and key cross-government strategies to address the socio-economic disparity of Aboriginal people in Saskatchewan and northern economic development. Throughout, Mr. Peach has been a keen observer of the policy development process. Born in Halifax, N.S., Mr. Peach holds a Bachelor of Arts from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Laws from Queen’s University.

  • William Warriner

    WILLIAM WARRINER is senior policy advisor in the Executive council of the Government of Saskatchewan.

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