A new course for the West? Ted Morton to deliver TWU’s fifth annual Mel Smith Lecture in an event open to the public

Event: Trinity Western University is pleased to welcome Ted Morton, Alberta’s Senator Elect and voice for the west, to deliver TWU’s fifth annual Mel Smith public lecture. On March 6, 7:00pm at TWU, Morton will discuss, “How and why Western Canada must take control of its own future.”

Morton, a political scientist at the University of Calgary holds that despite twenty-five years of constitutional and political endeavor, the gap between the West’s economic contribution to confederation and its political influence has grown not shrunk. In his opinion, the Senate reform movement is all but dead. The Reform/Alliance Party—founded on the cry, “The West wants in”—has stalled at the Ontario border. The policy consequences for Western Canada have been grim.

“If Western Canadians want a secure, democratic and prosperous future they must plot a new path,” says Morton. “Rather than focusing solely on increasing Western influence in Ottawa, it is time to start reducing Ottawa’s influence in the West.” Morton believes that British Columbia and Alberta must reclaim control of health, education, welfare, environment, natural resources, fisheries, policing, and pensions.

On the occasion of the lecture, the annual Mel Smith Scholarship will be awarded to a TWU student of exceptional academic ability, majoring in Canadian history or political science.

Date: Thursday, March 6, 2003
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: Northwest Auditorium on TWU campus, 7600 Glover Road.
Directions provided by attendants at campus entrance.
Cost: Free of charge; lecture is followed by a reception
Contact: For more information: Contact Inga Warnock at 604-513-2033 or

The lecture series continues to honor the late Mel Smith, a political advisor best-known for developing B.C.’s constitutional position for federal-provincial negotiation leading up to the Constitution in 1981, the lecture is intended to address significant national issues from a British Columbian perspective. Past speakers have included Preston Manning, Gordon Gibson and Rafe Mair.

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,200 students this year. With a broad-based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 35 major areas ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 graduate degrees including counseling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

Last Updated: 2015-07-13
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