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Ideas on the 3rd Floor: Lessons from Canada - achieving effective local government in an age of austerity

IPPR North, economy, local government

 

Start date:  01 May 2013

Local authorities are under ever increasing pressure, facing deep cuts to their budgets. This Ideas on the 3rd Floor event will take a fresh look at how local authorities can succeed in this climate, drawing on experience and lessons from Canada.

Wednesday 1 May 17.30 to 19.00
IPPR North offices, central Newcastle

Two decades ago Canada suffered a deep recession and teetered on the brink of a debt crisis. Canada reversed course and cut spending, and balanced its budget. The economy boomed, unemployment plunged, and the formerly weak Canadian dollar soared to reach parity with the U.S. dollar. Are there lessons we could learn?

IPPR North is delighted to welcome the Canadian High Commissioner to the UK, Gordon Campbell, who will give his views on how local government can respond to austerity. Prior to becoming High Commissioner, he was Premier of the province of Columbia and will draw on his extensive experience to outline lessons which can be learnt from Canada and address the challenges facing the public sector in an age of austerity.

This event is part of the Ideas on the 3rd Floor programme, which is a series of in-house events on a wide range of topics within politics, culture and society designed to bring the freshest ideas and the most interesting thinkers to Newcastle for intelligent debate of some of today’s most pressing social challenges.

The event is free and open to all but it is essential that you book your place as we anticipate demand will be high and space is limited. Please email north@ippr.org to book.

 

Key contact

Ellie Geddes
Ellie Geddes, Events and Media Coordinator, IPPR North