History Repeating: How do we make sure Newfoundland and Labrador doesn't end up in crisis again?


Monday, June 13th, 2016, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Innovation Hall, Bruneau Centre for Innovation

Newfoundland and Labrador is going through a period of dramatic change. Some commentators are even drawing comparisons with the crisis of 1932, when the government of the time declared bankruptcy. It is too easy to point fingers at politicians, or the price of oil. The problems confronting Newfoundland and Labrador society are very much a reflection of the province’s political culture and its institutions.

As a modern democracy, we depend upon our institutions to ensure that we avoid crises. Our institutions include government departments and agencies, but also non-governmental organizations and media outlets who influence governments and hold them to account. These institutions directly reflect our society: its values, aspirations, fears and needs.

So how did our institutional structure let us down? Did our current institutions not perform their function, or are we missing some key institutions? How can we make sure that those organizations to whom we, as a society, have entrusted our well-being do their work and avoid crises such as the one we are facing today? How can we avoid history repeating itself?

Join the Harris Centre in a dynamic interactive discussion led by a panel composed of:
Alex Marland, Associate Professor of Political Science at Memorial University of Newfoundland
Karen Oldford, Mayor of Labrador City and President of Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador
Shawn Skinner, former Minister in the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
David Vardy, former Clerk of the Executive Council, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador


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