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The Canadian Annual Review of Politics and Public Affairs is an acclaimed series that offers informed commentary on important national events and thoughtfully considers their significance in local and international contexts. This latest instalment reviews the year 2005, a year in which the first minority parliament since Joe Clark's short-lived government struggled to maintain stability. It was also in 2005 that the Gomery Commission delivered its initial report on the sponsorship scandal, outlining irregularities surrounding the advertising program of the Liberal government. At a historic First Ministers' meeting in Kelowna, premiers and Aboriginal leaders developed a plan to improve the lives of Indigenous peoples. Canada's involvement in Afghanistan continued (albeit in ever-changing roles), and Justice Dennis O'Connor went forward with his investigation into the torture of Maher Arar. In late November 2005, Opposition leader Stephen Harper tabled a motion of non-confidence, setting the stage for the 2006 election.
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Contributors Canadian Calendar Editor's introduction -- the year in review Parliament and politics by Robert Everett THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF MARTIN Flirting with fiasco; May days; Summer reprieve; Final days COMMISSION OF INQUIRY INTO THE SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM AND ADVERTISING ACTIVITIES Initial phases; Closing the net; First, fateful report ELECTION 26 Parties and platforms; On the trail NATIONAL INSTITUTIONS The cabinet; House makeover: by-elections, defections, and resignations; The Stronach shock; Legislating switches; Senate; Governor General; Supreme Court; Auditor General's reports; Ethics commissioner NATIONAL ECONOMY Economic indicators; Budget 25 ; A tale of two budgets; Autumn economic update ; Allocation of budget surpluses; Income trusts; Cross-border disputes: softwood lumber, missiles, and marijuana FEDERAL-PROVINCIAL DYNAMICS Atlantic Accord; Health care ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS The Kelowna accord; Fiscal and Statistical Management Act MAJOR POLICY AREAS Same sex marriage; Greenhouse emissions and Kyoto PERSONALITIES AND CONTROVERSIES Maher Arar inquiry; The Grewal tapes; David Dingwall and lobbying Foreign affairs and defence by Christopher Spearin FOREIGN AFFAIRS Human rights and poverty; Canada-Iran relations; Arar Inquiry; The Khadrs; Sudan; G-8 Summit; Kidnappings in Iraq; Challenges in Canada-US trade; Beef; Swine ; Wheat; Softwood lumber; Byrd Amendment; Economic integration; Global warming; Newfoundland and Labrador and the rocket controversy; China and spying; Disaster response; Asian Tsumani; Hurricane Katrina; Earthquake in Pakistan DEFENCE POLICY Afghanistan; Military operations; Friendly fire incident; Ballistic missile defence; The Arctic; Submarines; Chemical agents and testing; Change in military ombudsman; Change in leadership and structure Municipal affairs by Emmanuel Brunet-Jailly, Serena Kataoka, and Warren Magnusson CITIES IN THE MARKETPLACE THE CULTURE OF CITIES REGIONAL GOVERNANCE LOCAL DEMOCRACY CITIES IN THE CONFEDERATION First Nations by Kristin Burnett FEDERAL DEVELOPMENTS The budgets of 24- government spending on FN issues; Bill C-2; The alternate dispute resolution process; Residential schools - joint responsibility; First Ministers' Summit on aboriginal issues; Appointments; Assembly of First Nations PROVINCIAL AND TERRITORIAL DEVELOPMENTS BRITISH COLUMBIA Growing protests over national resource extraction; Aboriginal rights and land claims; United Native Nations Society (UNN); Transferring services THE WEST Housing; Court decisions; Economic development; Adoption; Stolen Sisters and Project Kare?; Elections; First Nations University of Canada (FNUC); The Powley Decision ONTARIO Residential schools; The inquiry into Ipperwash; Kashechewan; Harvesting natural resources QUEBC Kanesatake; Natural resource development; Removal and resettlement MARITIMES Treaty Rights THE NORTH The Mackenzie Valley Pipeline; Nunavut; Education British Columbia by Carey Hill TWO THRONE SPEECHES PROVINCIAL BUDGET PROVINCIAL ELECTION SINGLE TRANSFERABLE VOTE LABOUR ISSUES: STRIKES AND LEGISLATION Telus 'strike'; Independent truckers 'strike'; Teachers' strike; Other SOFTWOOD LUMBER DISPUTE MINING NEW RELATIONSHIP WITH ABORIGINAL PEOPLES KELOWNA ACCORD VANCOUVER'S MUNICIPAL ELECTION FEDERAL ELECTION ECONOMY Alberta by Harold Jansen OIL LEADS THE WAY TO AN ECONOMIC BOOM THE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONS TRAGEY IN MAYERTHORPE WIND AND WATER: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES IN ALBERTA WHERE'S THE BEEF? THE BSE CRISIS ENDS AND LAKESIDE PACKERS GOES ON STRIKE CALGARY'S WARD 1 ELECTION SCANDAL FALLOUT THE PROVINCIAL LEGISLATURE LEADERSHIP POLITICS MISCELLANEOUS Saskatchewan by Joseph Garcea ELECTIONS POLITICAL PARTIES THE LEGISLATURE AND GOVERNMENT THE BUDGET THE ECONOMY THE JUDICIARY INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS ABORIGINAL AFFAIRS Manitoba by Geoffrey Lambert THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION POLITICS AND POLITICAL DEVELOPMENTS THE ECONOMY OTHER EVENTS The Territories by Ken Coates and Greg Poelzer THE NORTH IN CANADIAN AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS YUKON POLITICS NORTHWEST TERRITORIES POLITICS NUNAVUT POLITICS ECONOMIC CIRCUMSTANCES SOCIAL CONDITIONS THE NORTH IN 25 Ontario by Robert Drummond EDUCATION HEALTH ENERGY IPPERWASH Quebec by Daniel Sal e SHOWDOWN WITH THE STUDENTS CLAMPING DOWN ON PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYEES MEANWHILE, IN THE OPPOSITION CAMP... RETHINKING QUEBEC: LUCIDES VS SOLIDAIRES FAMILY FEUD: QUEBEC-OTTAWA RELATIONS Wrangling over maternity and parental benefits; The national day care program; Quebec's role in international affairs ANNUS HORRIBILIS? New Brunswick by Richard Wilbur THE LEGISLATIVE SESSIONS ECONOMY The grim plight of the pulp and paper mills ; Farming and fishing ; Other segments of economy present uneven picture THREE BIGGEST SECTORS CONTINUE TO DOMINATE: ENERGY, HEALTH, AND EDUCATIONT Energy; Health; Education Prince Edward Island by Peter E. Buker THE ECONOMY FISCAL EVENTS POLITICS AND THE LEGISLATURE OTHER EVENTS Nova Scotia by Robert G. Finbow POLITICS THE LEGISLATURE THE ECONOMY INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS Newfoundland and Labrador by Peter Neary and Melvin Baker Obituaries Voting tables Index of names Index of subjects

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David Mutimer is a professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at York University.

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