December 1, 2008



Experts available to discuss unprecedented period in Canadian politics

As the Canadian government faces more turmoil and the opposition parties form an unprecedented coalition government, McMaster University has a number of experts who can discuss the wide ranging implications should the federal government fall.


Peter Graefe, assistant professor of political science, is an expert on federal politics and can provide commentary on how this coalition came about, what may lie ahead this week as the government enters unchartered territory, and what Stephen Harper could do next. He can be reached at (905) 525-9140, ext. 27716 or (*speaks French)

Henry Jacek, professor of political science, is an expert on Canadian government and politics, public policy and economic performance in North America.  He can speak to the high stakes game being played out as the economy continues to fail. He can be reached at 905-525-9140, ext. 24557 or

H.V. (Viv) Nelles, L.R. Wilson Professor in Canadian History, can relate the coalition scandal of 1926 when Governor-General Byng refused William Lyon Mackenzie King’s request to dissolve Parliament and hand the government’s reins to the Conservatives. He can be reached at 905-525-9140 ext. 24137 or

Wil Waluchow, professor of philosophy, is the Senator William McMaster Chair in Constitutional Studies. He can speak to what a coalition would mean to Canada’s system of government and can be reached at 905-525-9140, ext. 23465 or


Note to TV producers: McMaster University’s campus camera is equipped with a fibre-optic connection at its broadcast studio. To set up interview times please call Michelle Donovan at 905-525-9140 ext 22869.

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For more information, please contact:

Jane Christmas

Manager, Public Relations

McMaster University

905.525.9140 ext. 27988

Michelle Donovan

Public Relations Manager, Broadcast Media

McMaster University

905.525.9140 ext. 22869