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LaFontaine-Baldwin Conference

The LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium, a joint effort of His Excellency John Ralston Saul and the Dominion Institute, is an annual event which honours two of Canada's great political reformers. The purpose of the Symposium is to provide a venue for all Canadians to come together to discuss and debate the future shape of Canada's civic culture.

John Ralston Saul gave the inaugural lecture on Canada's civic culture in March 2000 in Toronto. The 2001 lecture was delivered in Montreal by Alain Dubuc, editor of Le Soleil newspaper, who offered a thoughtful examination of our often unconscious English-Canadian nationalism. In 2002 in Vancouver, Georges Erasmus, the great Dene leader and current President of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, gave an eloquent lecture on ways to renew and strengthen the relationship between Aboriginal Peoples and the rest of Canada.

As Chair of the LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium Advisory Board, John Ralston Saul has co-hosted the Symposium each year in addition to leading all subsequent roundtable discussions.

The lectures have been published in their entirety in The Globe and Mail and La Presse and have been broadcast on CBC Newsworld and the CBC Radio show, Ideas.


The Dominion Institute is a national, non-partisan, charitable organization founded in 1997 by a group of young people concerned about the state of Canada's public memory and its effect on informed discourse.

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