The Donner Prize - The Award for the Best Book on Canadian Public Policy
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Grant L. Reuber
Chair

Senior Advisor and Director, Sussex Circle; Senior Fellow, C.D. Howe Institute; former Chairman, Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation; former President and Chief Operating Officer and later Deputy Chairman, Bank of Montreal; former Deputy Minister of Finance for Canada; former Vice-President (academic), Provost and later Chancellor of the University of Western Ontario.

Paul Boothe

Professor and Director of the Institute for Public Economics at the University of Alberta; former Deputy Minister for the Province of Saskatchewan.

Pierre Lortie

President and Chief Operating Officer, Bombardier Transportation.

Elizabeth Parr-Johnston

Consultant and former President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of New Brunswick.

John G. Richards

Professor at the Faculty of Business at Simon Fraser University; Scholar-in-Residence at the C.D. Howe Institute.

Past Winners 2000

Winner

FIRST NATIONS? SECOND THOUGHTS
by Tom Flanagan
McGill-Queen's University Press

CONTROVERSIAL AND THOUGHT PROVOKING, Professor Flanagan's First Nations? Second Thoughts dissects the prevailing orthodoxy that determines public policy towards Canada's aboriginal peoples. He demonstrates that the policy this orthodoxy produces enriches a small elite of activists, politicians, administrators, and well-connected entrepreneurs, while bringing further misery to the very people it is supposed to help.

Tom Flanagan is professor of political science at the University of Calgary. He has published three previous books on Louis Riel and Metis land claims.

Runners-Up

CITIZENS PLUS: ABORIGINAL PEOPLES AND THE CANADIAN STATE
by Alan C. Cairns
UBC Press

CITIZENS PLUS IS A WONDERFULLY INFORMED, well-documented and balanced analysis of the issues and political and legal debates concerning the position of Aboriginal peoples in Canada. More importantly, it addresses in a positive and realistic manner the fatal flaws that surround much of the debate.

Alan C. Cairns is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo.

THE CHARTER REVOLUTION AND THE COURT PARTY
by F.L. Morton and Rainer Knopff
Broadview Press

PROFESSORS MORTON AND KNOPF HAVE PRODUCED a superb analysis of the political dynamics at work within Canada to expand the meaning of the rights guaranteed under the Charter. The book contains several eye-opening portraits that help us to understand the alignment of forces behind some of the most controversial Supreme Court of Canada decisions.

F.L. Morton and Rainer Knopff received their PhD's from the University of Toronto and have both taught at the University of Calgary for the past twenty years. Writing together and separately, they have authored several books about the Charter.

Other 2000 Short-listed Books

CYCLING INTO SAIGON: THE CONSERVATIVE TRANSITION IN ONTARIO
by David R. Cameron and Graham White
UBC Press

IN THIS FASCINATING WORK, THE AUTHORS examine how the transition of government in Ontario in 1995 was a surprising success involving, as it did, the necessity of co-operation between political mortal enemies. Cycling into Saigon has important lessons for everyone involved or interested in this key stage of the electoral process, wherever it takes place.

David R. Cameron and Graham White are professors in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto.

THE MARSHALL DECISION AND NATIVE RIGHTS
by Ken Coates
McGill-Queen's University Press

PROFFESOR COATES PROVIDES PENETRATING INSIGHT into the cross-cultural, legal, and political implications of the recent Supreme Court decision on the Donald Marshall case. He describes the events, personalities, and conflicts that brought the Maritimes to the brink of a major confrontation.

Ken Coates is an historian, advisor to government and frequent commentator on Aboriginal issues, as well as the author of many books on Canada's Native peoples.

HEAVY TRAFFIC: DEREGULATION, TRADE, AND TRANSFORMATION IN NORTH AMERICAN TRUCKING
by Daniel Madar
UBC Press

PROFESSOR MADAR PROVIDES A STRONG, well-crafted and insightful account of the process by which the highly regulated trucking industry was deregulated after 1980 in the U.S. and Canada, and how, in conjunction with free trade and industrial changes, the trucking business has been transformed.

Daniel Madar is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Brock University.

RETREAT FROM GROWTH: ATLANTIC CANADA AND THE NEGATIVE-SUM ECONOMY
by Fred McMahon
Atlantic Institute for Market Studies

THIS BOOK IS A PARTICULARLY WELL RESEARCED and important contribution to the on-going debate about the current economic status of Atlantic Canada. McMahon delivers a cogent analysis of the effects of the policies pursued over the last thirty years and proposes a clear and objective benchmark based on comparative evidence.

Fred McMahon is Director of the Social Affairs Centre at The Fraser Institute.