The Social Democracy of Canadian Federalism



"Tom Kent made an invaluable contribution to the Canada, with a major role in crafting and promoting social policies like the Canada Pension Plan and medicare. Whatever his political affiliations were during parts of his career, Tom Kent was above all else a social democrat. I came to know him well in the last decade. We shared a great deal politically and intellectually. We also became friends. When the Broadbent Institute was announced, he immediately offered to write a paper on social democracy and Canadian federalism, which at the age of 89, he delivered two weeks later, not long before he died. We are posting it here, just as he wrote it. The ideas, of course, are his own. No doubt other contributors to the Broadbent Institute’s discussions will, as always in such complex matters, disagree with some of what he says. But Tom Kent was an extraordinary Canadian and a committed social democrat, whose work we are pleased and proud to share with you."

 Ed Broadbent