Public Policy and Canadians’ Attitudes Towards the Healthcare System

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Thursday, May 24th, 2012
12:00pm ET
(Simultaneous interpretation is available)



Healthcare is one of the most important topics of concern for Canadians. Ian Brodie, former chief of staff for Stephen Harper and Stuart Soroka, researcher in attitudes to healthcare, discuss the all-important influence of public opinion on public policy development.


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Guest Speakers:



Stuart Soroka, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, McGill University


Stuart is Associate Professor and William Dawson Scholar in the Department of Political Science at McGill University, in Montreal, Canada. Most of his research focuses on the sources and/or structure of public preferences for policy, and on the relationships between public opinion, mass media and public policy.




Ian Brodie, Visiting Fellow, McGill Institute for the Study of Canada, Strategic Advisor, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, D.C.

Most recently, Ian served as Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Canada, where he dealt with competing interests and demanding stakeholder organizations and demonstrated his depth of knowledge of the public policy process. Ian was the founding Executive Director of the Conservative Party following the amalgamation of the Canadian Alliance and the PC Party. Ian is a former Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Western Ontario and a visiting Scholar at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada.




Stephen SamisStephen Samis, Vice-President, Programs, CHSRF 


Stephen has more than 15 years experience in research, policy development, knowledge exchange, partnership development and advocacy in the health sector. Prior to CHSRF he was director of Health Policy at the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada from 2004 to 2010 and manager of Research and Analysis at the Canadian Institute for Health Information from 2000 to 2004. Before moving to Ottawa in 2000, Stephen was a health research and policy consultant in British Columbia, where he worked for the BC Ministry of Health, Health Canada, the BC Workers Compensation Board and others.


Stephen has a strong interest in health research and policy, population health and evidence-informed policy development to improve Canada's health systems and ultimately the health of Canadians. He holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.