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Barbara Cameron

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
York University
Political science / Political studies
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My research on child care has focused on federalism both as an obstacle to and a possible facilitator of the creation of a Canada-wide system of child care services. A more recent interest of mine, executive (Cabinet) power in Canada’s parliamentary system, was motivated by my experience working with the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada in helping draft Bill C-303, the Early Learning and Child Care Act. That bill garnered the support of all three opposition parties (the Liberals, the NDP and the Bloc Québécois) and passed at Report Stage by a vote of 138-112 on November 21, 2007. Yet, despite the support of a majority of Members of the House of Commons, the Conservative government was able to prevent the bill from coming to a vote at third reading on the grounds that it was a “money bill” and therefore required the Royal Recommendation (that is, support from Cabinet). The fight for child care is a fight for women’s and children’s right but also for greater democracy within the Canadian federal and parliamentary systems!

Engendering Public Engagement, Democratizing Public Space. SSHRC Partnership Development Grant (2016-2018). Partner organizations are the Centre for Feminist Research at York University, the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women, and the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action.

Cameron, Barbara. (2014). Accountability Regimes for Federal Social Transfers: An Exercise in Deconstruction and Reconstruction. In Martha Jackman & Bruce Porter (Eds.), Advancing Social Rights. Toronto: Irwin. (Reprinted from Graefe, Peter, Simons, Julie & White, Linda (Eds.), Overpromising and Underperforming? Understanding and Evaluating New Intergovernmental Accountability Regimes Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013.

Cameron, Barbara. (2009). Political Will, Child Care and Canadian Federalism, Our Schools, Our Selves 18(3), 129-144.

Cameron, Barbara. (2008). Harper, Quebec and Canadian Federalism. In Teresa Healy (Ed.), The Harper Record (pp.419-433). Ottawa: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Cameron, Barbara. (20007). Accounting for Rights and Money in Canada’s Social Union. In Margot Young, Susan B. Boyd, Gwen Brodsky & Shelagh Day (Eds.), Poverty Rights, Social Citizenship and Legal Activism (pp. 163-180). Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.

Cameron, Barbara. (2006). Federalism and Social Reproduction. In Kate Bezanson & Meg Luxton (Eds.), Social Reproduction: Feminist Political Economy Challenges Neo-Liberalism (pp.45-74). Montreal/Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Cameron, Barbara. (2004). The Social Union, Executive Power and Social Rights, Canadian Woman Studies 13(3/4), 49-56.

Cameron, Barbara. (2004). The Chretien Legacy and Women’s Equality, Canada Watch 9(3) & (4), 32 & 40.

Cameron, Barbara. (1999). The Social Union Framework Agreement A Framework for Conflict Management, Constitutional Forum Constitutionel 10(4), 129-132.

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