Host Edward Greenspon is joined by two former Deputy Prime Ministers of Canada, the Hon. Anne McLellan and the Hon. John Manley. They provide insights from the cabinet table during 9/11—Anne was Justice Minister and John was Minister of Foreign Affairs at that time—and share how this COVID-19 crisis is different. Plus, what comes next? They discuss responding to past global crises such as SARS and what that can tell us about the world after COVID-19.

In the second episode of our Policy Speaking podcast, host Edward Greenspon is joined by the Hon. Anne McLellan and the Hon. John Manley, to discuss their experiences and insights around governing through a crisis.

About Anne McLellan

The Honourable Anne McLellan served four terms as the Liberal Member of Parliament for Edmonton Centre from 1993-2006. Ms. McLellan provides national and international strategic planning assistance to the firm’s clients. During her political career, Ms. McLellan was Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Minister of Health, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and Minister of Natural Resources and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians.

Prior to entering politics, Ms. McLellan was a professor of law at the University of Alberta, where she served at various times as Associate Dean and Acting Dean. In May 2015, Ms. McLellan became Dalhousie University’s seventh chancellor. And she is currently a senior advisor at Bennett Jones.

About John Manley

The Honourable John Manley joined BNN Bloomberg to share his insights on the federal government’s $82-billion aid package to support Canadians and the economy in response to COVID-19. He spoke about the uncertainty and challenges that businesses face and how the next step in federal support could be the deferral of all payments to government — not just for income tax.

He served as Liberal Member of Parliament for Ottawa South from 1988 to 2004, and was Deputy Prime Minister between 2002 and 2003. Mr. Manley is one of the most highly respected business leaders in Canada. For over a decade, he served in the Federal Government as Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Finance Minister and Industry Minister. More recently, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Council of Canada.

He is Chair of the Advisory Council of the Canadian Global Affairs Institute and past-Chair of the Canadian branch of the Trilateral Commission. He is also a member of the International Advisory Council of the Brookings Institution and the Wilson Center Global Advisory Council. He is currently a senior business advisor at Bennett Jones.

Thank you both very much for joining us and sharing your expertise!

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