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Penny Bryden




Cle B203



Field: Canadian

Specialty: Post-Confederation Canadian political and constitutional history

Office hours Spring 2014: Tuesday 1:00 - 2:30


I received my BA from Trent University, and my MA and PhD from York University in Toronto. I then taught at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick from 1993 until I came to UVic in 2005. My experience in Ontario, the Maritimes and now British Columbia has given me a unique perspective on political culture across the country, and on the different orientations of the federal relationship.  My work reflects that, and continues to probe the nature of relationships within government and between governments.

Curriculum Vitae

Selected publications


‘A Justifiable Obsession’: Conservative Ontario’s Relations with Ottawa, 1943-1985 Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013.

(edited with Colin Coates, Maureen Lux, Lynne Marks, Marcel Martel and Daniel Samson) Visions: The Canadian History Modules Project Toronto: Nelson, 2011.

Individual modules edited by P. E. Bryden:

  1. Confederation: What Kind of Country Are We To Have? (pp. 1-48);
  2. The Great War: Leaders, Followers and Record-Keepers (pp. 1-48);
  3. Protest, Parties and Politics Between the Wars, 1919-1939 (pp. 1-48);
  4. The Great Depression in Canada: How Did People Cope? (pp. 1-48);
  5. Constitutional Negotiations in Late 20th Century Canada: Will We Survive? (pp. 1-48)

(edited with Dimitry Anastakis) Framing Canadian Federalism Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009.

(edited with Michael J. Tucker and Raymond B. Blake) Canada and the New World Order: Facing the New Millennium Toronto: Irwin Publishers, 2000.

Planners and Politicians: Liberal Politics and Social Policy, 1957-1968, Kingston and Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1997. pp. ix-233.

(edited with Raymond B. Blake and J. Frank Strain) The Welfare State in Canada: Past, Present and Future, Toronto: Irwin Publishers, 1997.

Recent Articles

"Ontario Exceptionalism: Old Ideas in the New Ontario,” in Canada: The State of the Federation, 2010 (Kingston: Institute for Intergovernmental Relations, 2013) pp. 33-47

“Intergovernmental Guardians in the 1960s: Finance’s Role in Setting the National Agenda,” in The Guardian: Perspectives on the Ontario Ministry of Finance Patrice Dutil, ed. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2011) pp. 109-130.

”The Other Battle: The Achievement of National Medicare,” Canadian Bulletin of Medical History 26:2 (2009), pp. 75-92.

”The Obligations of Federalism: Ontario and the Origins of Equalization,” in Framing Canadian Federalism  Dimitry Anastakis and P. E. Bryden, eds. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009) pp. 75-94.


  • HIST 131 History of Canada to 1867
  • HIST 132 History of Canada since 1867
  • HIST 344A Canadian Political History Since 1867
  • HIST 344B Canadian Constitutional History
  • HIST 345 Canadian-American Relations
  • HIST 358 Topics in Canadian History
  • HIST 359 Seminar in Canadian History

Topics include:

- Quebec Since Confederation
- Social and Political History of Food in North America
- Comparative Canadian/American Political History

Grad students

Completed Doctoral Students

Lisa Pasolli, PhD: ‘Talkin’ Day Care Blues’: Motherhood, Work and Child Care in Twentieth Century British Columbia,” (defended June 2012)

Lee Blanding, PhD: “Re-Branding Canada: The Origins of Multiculturalism Policy in Canada, 1945-1974,” (defended May 2013)

Completed Master's Students

Rachael Conway, MA: “Reservations to Citizenship: The Voting Rights of Status Indians, 1950-1960” (completed December 2012)

Bryan MacLeod, MA: "Something to Declare: Customs and Border Policy in Canada 1990 - 2011" (defended December 2011)

Stephen Harrison, MA: "The Alternative Vote in British Columbia: Values Debates and Party Politics" (defended July 2010)

Catherine Ulmer, MA: "Charlotte Whitton and the Welfare State" (defended August 2009) 

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