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Dick, Ruth, and Judy Bell Lecture

The Dick, Ruth, and Judy Bell Lecture is an annual lecture that honours the contributions of individuals to the political and public life of Canada.  Speakers may include individuals who have been active in politics or public service or distinguished scholars in political science.  The lectures themselves are generally devoted to discussions of political subjects, either in a present-day or historical context.  Scholars and graduate students are encouraged to attend and use the lectures as a basis for further work in Canadian studies.

The Bell Lecture is hosted by the Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs.

The event takes place in the Winter term.

This year’s speaker was Rosemary Barton, host of CBC’s Power and Politics and one of FPA’s 75 for the 75th most inspiring alumni. Barton graduated from Carleton University with a Masters of Journalism in 2001. She joined the CBC’s Ottawa parliamentary bureau in 2007 and became the full-time host of Power and Politics in 2015.  In that role, she has become known for holding decision makers—from prime ministers to foreign leaders—accountable. Read Rosemary’s story hereBarton-Story-1000x800x-75-75

Why Journalism Matters (now more than ever before)
The past 12 months have seen not just a new administration south of the border, but a new threat to journalism. Margaret Sullivan, from the Washington Post, goes so far as to suggest the future for journalists will be “hellish”. How much could this threat be extended to Canadian journalists? With the increasing proliferation of “fake news”, how should journalists respond? How do you hold political figures to account when they are more present on Twitter than in a press conference? These are the questions journalists are grappling with right now, but could there be a silver lining in a changing media landscape?

Previous Speakers


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Rosemary Barton: Why Journalism Matters (now more than ever before)

2017
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Kevin Lynch: Can Canada Become an Innovation Nation – and Why Does it Matter?

2016
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Jim Stanford:  Economic Literacy – Getting Past ‘Supply and Demand’

2015
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Darrell Bricker: The Big Shift – The Battle between Old Canada and New Canada

2014
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Richard J. Gwyn: John A. Macdonald – A Necessary Man for an Unnecessary Country

2012
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Steve Paikin: The Personal Price of a Political Life

2011
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Chantal Hébert: The Shifting Canadian Political Landscape

2010
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The Honourable Michael H. Wilson: Reflections on Momentous Times in Washington

2009
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Margaret MacMillan: Using History in International Relations

2008
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Roy MacGregor: As Canadian as possible … under the circumstances

2007
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Edward Greenspon: Terror and the press – the same old story

2006
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General R.J. Hillier: Canada’s Military in a Dangerous New World

2005
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Pamela Wallin: Canada-U.S. Relations – The View From New York

2004
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National Chief Phil Fontaine: First Nations Policy –  The Road Ahead

2003
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The Honourable Lloyd Axworthy, P.C.: Canadian Foreign Policy – Choices and Consequences

2002
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The Honourable Roy Romanow: Canadian Health Care – Some Critical Challenges

2001
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The Right Honourable Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, P.C.: Parliament, the Supreme Court and the Charter

2000
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The Right Honourable Kim Campbell, P.C.: The Person’s Case to the Charter – Women’s Rights in Twentieth-Century Canada

1999
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Hugh Segal: Nation and Enterprise – Tory Nationalism in Canadian History

1998
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The Honourable Flora MacDonald, P.C.: Unsung Peacekeepers

1997
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Dalton Camp: Cockroaches and Conservatives

1996
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The Right Honourable Joe Clark, P.C.: Canad – The Challenges of the Next Three Months

1995
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Mary May Simon: Canadian Arctic and Global Circumpolar Issues

1994
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The Honourable Joe Ghiz: An Insider’s Perspective of Meech Lake and Charlottetown

1993
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The Right Honourable Robert Stanfield, P.C: The Way Ahead – Let’s Face It

1992