The Passing of Stephen Clarkson: A Great Canadian Political Scientist A Canadian Nationalist, A liberal Urban Reformer and a Very Decent Human Being

I was very saddened to learn of the premature death of Stephen Clarkson at age 78 from the complications of influenza in Freiburg Germany. I got to know Stephen Clarkson a little during my PhD studies at the University of Toronto in the late 70s and early 1980s.I also learned more of him from a friendship I had with his step daughter Ashley McCall. Clarkson was a very kind hearted very bright Canadian intellectual who along with Mel Watkins, Abe Rotstein, Stephen Hymer and Walter Gordon and others took up the cause of the Canadian identity and Canadian nationalism at a critical point in the history of our country.He wrote a number of outstanding works on Canada U.S. relations, free trade and the problem of globalization and its impact upon Canada which are of lasting importance. He was a political biographer, a political economist, a Canadian nationalist, an urban reformer and an intellectual influence on generations of students. He will be sorely missed. My deep condolences to his family and friends.


About haroldchorneyeconomist

I am Professor of political economy at Concordia university in Montréal, Québec, Canada. I received my B.A.Hons (econ.&poli sci) from the University of Manitoba. I also completed my M.A. degree in economics there. Went on to spend two years at the London School of Economics as a Ph.D. student in economics and then completed my Ph.D. in political economy at the University of Toronto. Was named a John W.Dafoe fellow, a CMHC fellow and a Canada Council fellow. I also was named a Woodrow Wilson fellow in 1968 after completing my first class honours undergraduate degree. Worked as an economist in the area of education, labour economics and as the senior economist with the Manitoba Housing and Renewal Corporation for the Government of Manitoba from 1972 to 1978. I also have worked as an economic consultant for MDT socio-economic consultants and have been consulted on urban planning, health policy, linguistic duality and public sector finance questions by the governments of Manitoba, Saskatchewan,the cities of Regina and Saskatoon, Ontario and the Federal government of Canada. I have also been consulted by senior leaders of the British Labour party, MPs from the Progressive Conservative party, the Liberal party and the New Democrats on economic policy questions. Members of the Government of France under the Presidency of Francois Mitterand discussed my work on public sector deficits. I have also run for elected office at the municipal level. I first began to write about quantitative easing as a useful policy option during the early 1980s.
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