Dr. McGrane recently wrote a guest blog for Pundit's Guide analyzing a survey of Liberal Party of Canada members and registered supporters that he administered following Justin Trudeau's victory. The blog argues that Trudeau won the leadership race because he was seen as the candidate who would win the most seats for the party in the next election.
On April 16th, MPs Brad Trost and Kelly Block made a proposal to a House of Commons committee examining Saskatchewan's federal electoral boundaries to take City Park and all of the downtown core that is east of Idylwyld Street and put into the proposed riding of Saskatoon-University. Then, they proposed to take Silverwood Heights and place it in the proposed riding of Saskatoon-West. Download a map of their proposal. At the same meeting, MP Tom Lukiwski proposed to take the Cathedral area out of the proposed riding of Regina-Lewvan and placed into the proposed riding of Regina Qu'appelle. Download a map of his proposal here.
Rob Clarke, MP from Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River, has proposed federal electoral boundaries that would appear to reduce the number of primarily Aboriginal communities in his riding. Read his letter to the Clerk of the Standing Committee for Procedure and House Affairs.
Blaine Calkins, a Conservative MP from Alberta, formally objected to the creation of a two hybrid rural-urban ridings for the city of Red Deer in place of a single urban riding. Read his letter to the Chair of the Standing Committee for Procedure and House Affairs.
Dr. McGrane and nine of his colleagues from the University of Saskatchewan Political Studies Department and the University of Regina Political Science Department have released an open letter supporting the proposed changes to Sasktachewan's federal electoral boundaries to create urban-only and rural-only ridings. You can also download their previous writings on Saskatchewan's federal electoral boundaries: Submission #1 and Submission #2.
Dr. McGrane has recently published a journal article entitled "From Liberal Multiculturalism to Civic Republicanism: An Historical Perspective on Multiculturalism in Manitoba and Saskatchewan" in Canadian Ethnic Studies. See the publications page for more details.
Dr. David McGrane was born and raised in Moose Jaw and did his undergraduate degree in Political Science at the University of Regina and his Masters’ degree in Political Science at York University in Toronto. He completed his Ph.D. in political science at Carleton University in Ottawa and is currently an Associate Professor of Political Studies at St. Thomas More College and the University of Saskatchewan.
He has published in the International Journal of Canadian Studies, the Journal of Canadian Studies, the Canadian Review of Political Science. His most recent research is an edited book entitled New Directions in Saskatchewan Public Policy published by the Canadian Plains Research Centre Press.
Dr. McGrane frequently comments in the media on federal and provincial politics and teaches classes in North American politics, Canadian political parties, federalism, and provincial politics. His research interests include federal-provincial fiscal relations, social democracy, Québécois nationalism, Western Canadian alienation, multiculturalism, provincial elections, and childcare.