Brian Tanguay
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Brian Tanguay completed a BA in French and Political Science at McMaster University, after which he spent a year in France as a lecturer in English at the Université de Paris X – Nanterre and a student at the Institut d’études politiques. He received a PhD in Political Science from Carleton University in 1990.

Prior to joining the department of political science at Wilfrid Laurier University in January 1988, Brian taught full-time for 1 year at Trent University and was a sessional lecturer at both the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. In October 2010, he was a visiting scholar in the Centre for Canadian Studies at the University of Edinburgh.

In 1995, Brian was invited to comment on the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada’s draft report to Parliament.

In 1990-91, Brian and Barry Kay drafted a research report on the election activities of interest groups for the Royal Commission on Electoral Reform and Party Financing (the Lortie Commission).

In 2003-2004, Brian worked for the Law Commission of Canada as the lead author of Voting Counts: Electoral Reform for Canada, a 200 page report that was submitted to the federal Minister of Justice in March 2004 recommending Mixed Member proportional representation.

In 2005, Brian was invited as an expert witness to appear before select committees of both the Ontario and Quebec provincial governments to comment on proposed legislation on electoral reform.

Book chapters

Tanguay, A. Brian. “The Limits to Democratic Reform in Canada.” In James Bickerton and Alain-G. Gagnon, eds., Canadian Politics, 6th ed. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014, pp. 281-308.
Tanguay, A. Brian. “Epitaph for a Conservative Insurgency in Quebec: the Rise and Fall – and Rise and Fall – of the Action démocratique du Québec, 1994-2008.” In James Farney and David Rayside, eds., Conservatism in Canada. University of Toronto Press, 2013, pp. 317-38.
Perrella, Andrea M.L. and A. Brian Tanguay. “Le Québec: marginal ou avant-gardiste? Le système partisan dans les provinces canadiennes.” In Frédérick Bastien, Éric Bélanger, and François Gélineau, eds., Les Québécois aux urnes. Montréal: Les Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 2013, pp. 45-59.
Bakvis, Herman and A. Brian Tanguay. “Federalism, Political Parties, and the Burden of National Unity: Still Making Federalism Do the Heavy Lifting?” In Herman Bakvis and Grace Skogstad, eds., Canadian Federalism: Performance, Effectiveness, and Legitimacy, 3rd ed. Don Mills: Oxford University Press, 2012, pp. 96-115.
Stephenson, Laura and A. Brian Tanguay. “Ontario’s Referendum on Proportional Representation: Why Citizens Said No.” IRPP Choices 15:10 (September 2009). Montreal: Institute for Research on Public Policy.
Tanguay, A. Brian. “What’s So Bad About Cultivating Our Own Theoretical Gardens? The Study of Political Parties in Canada.” In Linda A. White, Richard Simeon, Robert Vipond and Jennifer Wallner, eds., The Comparative Turn in Canadian Political Science. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2008, pp. 177-93.

Gagnon, Alain-G. and A. Brian Tanguay, eds. Canadian Parties in Transition, 3rd edition. Peterborough ON: Broadview Press, 2007.


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