Faculty of Law doctoral student Duff Conacher has been awarded a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) for his project entitled “The Ethical Politics Imperative: How does the Federal Canadian Political Process Ethics System Measure Up to a Best-Practice Model System?”
Mr. Conacher’s project delves into the ethics rules and enforcement systems that ensure that politicians and government officials address the concerns of all voters, regardless of their economic or social standing. By urging politicians to be honest and transparent with voters, and to avoid unethical actions like accepting gifts or donation from lobbyists and special interests, these rules aim to uphold the public interest overall. Mr. Conacher’s project will examine these rules and enforcement systems to determine which are most effective, and what measures could be taken to improve them. His project will be the first comprehensive audit of the Canadian government’s political ethics system.
The Government of Canada launched the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships program in 2008 to strengthen Canada's ability to attract and retain world-class doctoral students and establish Canada as a global centre of excellence in research and higher learning (Vanier CGS Overview).
As a winner of this scholarship, Mr. Conacher is being recognized for his leadership and his high standard of academic achievement. He will be awarded a yearly allocation of $50,000 for a duration of three years.
Congratulations to Mr. Conacher!