Charles Smith, Sabbatical Leave July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017

  • Associate Professor (Tenured), Department of Political Studies
  • St. Thomas More College
  • 1437 College Drive Saskatoon, SK S7N 0W6
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Education | Research Interests | Research Projects | Selected Publications
Teaching Responsibilities | Administrative Responsibilities


  • B.A. (UNBC)
  • M.A. (York)
  • PhD. (York)

Research Interests

  • Canadian Provincial Politics in the age of Globalization
  • Organized Labour and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • Law, Politics and Collective Bargaining in Canada

Research Projects

  • Edited Book on the Canadian Provinces
  • Book on the Courts, Labour and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • Insight Development Grant, awarded by SSHRC, September 1 until September 1, 2014.

Selected Publications and Presentations

  • "Public Sector Unions and Electoral Policies in Canada." (with Larry Savage) In The Politics of the Public Sector Unions, edited by Stephanie Ross and Larry Savage.  Halifax:  Fernwood, 2013.
  • "The Politics of Transparency and Independence before Administrative Boards," (with Lorne Sossin) Saskatchewan Law Review Volume 75 (1), (Forthcoming March 2012).
  • ""The courts have seldom been the worker's friend":  Labour, courts and the erosion of workers' freedoms in Canada," in Stephanie Ross and Larry Savage eds., The Politics of Labour in Canada (Halifax:  Fernwood) (Forthcoming).
  • "The "New Normal" in Saskatchewan:  Neoliberalism and the Challenge to Workers Rights," in David McGrane ed., New Directions in Saskatchewan Public Policy (Regina:  Canadian Plains Research Center) (Forthcoming 2012).
  • "Labour, the Courts and the Canadian State," Paper presented to the workshop on the Politics of Labour Workshop, York University, Toronto, Ontario April 15-16, 2011.
  • "Labour, the Courts and the Canadian State:  Putting the "Labour Rights" Debate in Historical Context," Paper Presented to the United Association of Labour Educators Annual Conference, "Unfinished Business:  Workers' Rights for the Next Generation" New Orleans, Louisiana March 24-26, 2011.
  • "Neo-Liberalizing the Ontario State: Structure, Power and Paradoxes," (with Bryan Evans) Canadian Political Science Association (Concordia University, June 1-3, 2010).
  • "Employment Relations and the Ontario Liberals, 2003-2009."Canadian Political Science Annual General Meeting (Carleton University, May 27-29, 2009).
  • "The Politics of the Ontario Labour Relations Act: Business, Labour, and Government in the Consolidation of Post-War Industrial Relations, 1949-1961," Labour/Le Travail 62 (Fall 2008), 109-151.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • INTS 400.3: Social Justice and the Common Good
  • POLS 303.3:  Public Law in Canada
  • POLS 304.3:  Democracy and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • POLS 362.3:  Global Political Economy

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Professional/Community Service Committee