Monday, October 20, 2014 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm
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Belfer Case Study Room (SO20), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

Canada Program Seminar

"Are the Negotiations for a Global Climate Change Agreement Stalled? If So, What Can Be Done?" with The Hon. Stéphane Dion, Member of Parliament, Canada

The Honourable Stéphane Dion has been a Member of Canada's Parliament, representing the Montreal riding of Saint-Laurent - Cartierville since 1996. During that period, he held various Cabinet portfolios. From 2004 to 2005, he was Minister of the Environment and as such, was instrumental in securing one of the greenest budgets in the history of Canada. In 2005, as Chair of the eleventh United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP-11), held in Montreal, he contributed to the rescue of the Kyoto Protocol. In 21006, he was elected as Leader as the Liberal Party of Canada and thus became Leader of the Official Opposition in the House of Commons. In the 2008 election, he proposed a visionary plan to green Canada's economy and strengthen the fight against climate change: the Green Shift. Before entering politics, the Honourable Stéphane Dion taught political science at Université de Moncton and Université de Montreal. As an academic and politician, he has authored numerous publications on a wide array of Canadian and international issues, including the complexities of climate change negotiations, global environmental policies, and universal carbon pricing. Born in Quebec City, he studied at Université Laval before obtaining a doctorate in sociology from the Institut d'études politiques in Paris, France. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate by the Carlos III University of Madrid.

The Canada Seminar examines Canadian social, economic, cultural, and political issues in their domestic and international dimensions. Presentations are made by public figures, scholars, artists, and experts in various fields to provide Harvard faculty and students, and the broader community, a look at Canadian scholarly and public life. It seeks to enhance the understanding of one of the United States' closest allies and largest trading partners, and to provide a forum for the lively exchange of ideas on a wide range of issues. Because Canada and the United States must respond to similar economic and social challenges with distinctly different frameworks and historical legacies, the study of Canadian issues offers rich opportunities for scholars engaged in comparative studies.

Contact Name: 

Helen Clayton

Research Areas: 

Harvard University
Center for the Environment

Address: 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
Phone: (617) 495-0368

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