Canadians can turn to several superb non-corporate sources for public policy analysis. The Council of Canadians , founded in 1985 by a group of prominent Canadians including Edmonton publisher Mel Hurtig as well as David Suzuki, Pierre Burton, Peter C. Newman, and Margaret Laurence, is this country’s largest citizen’s group. The Council is dedicated to fighting the erosion of Canada’s social programs and independence by the “free trade” treaties and the privatization agenda. www.canadians.org Information on the Edmonton chapter can be accessed by clicking on “Welcome“ then on “chapters in action” and then on “Alberta chapters”. Also the University of Alberta chapter may be found at http://uofacouncilofcanadians.wordpress.com
The Canadian Centre For Policy Alternatives www.policyalternatives.ca provides analysis of Canadian public policy as does the Polaris Institute www.polarisinstitute.org. The Pembina Institute www.pembina.org/ is a source of information on energy issues.
In Edmonton numerous public policy publications concerning Alberta are available from the Parkland Institute www.ualberta.ca/parkland and Public Interest Alberta www.pialberta.org/ which also sponsor conferences and forums.
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