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The Ethics of Political Leadership

November 5, 2014

What impact does the ethical behaviour of political leaders have on the quality of modern democracy? How does it affect the quality of public policy, and what are its effects on the public’s willingness to become involved in the political process?

An enthusiastic crowd joined us at the Ted Rogers School of Management for this exciting half-day event on the Ethics of Political Leadership. This event – the second in a series of programs on ethics in politics hosted by Ryerson’s Jim Pattison Ethical Leadership Program – addressed these issues through a half-day series of thought-provoking speakers and panels. Our keynote speaker was Preston Manning, Founder and President of the Manning Centre for Building Democracy and a well-known and respected former politician.

The day’s discussion was be anchored by the results of a new nation-wide survey on the ethics of political leadership being conducted by the Gandalf Group on behalf of the Jim Pattison Ethical Leadership Program.

The event featured two panel discussions. The first panel presented ‘external’ perspectives on ethics in political leadership. What do various publics – including voters, the media, and the business community – expect of political leaders? The second took the ‘internal’ perspective. What do political leaders themselves think are reasonable standards? The panels were moderated by John Cruickshank, publisher of the Toronto Star, and Anna-Maria Tremonti, host of CBC’s The Current.

Among the Speakers:

  • Maryantonnett Flumian (President, Institute on Governance)
  • Anne Golden (former CEO, Conference Board of Canada)
  • Janet Leiper (former Integrity Commissioner for the City of Toronto)
  • Chris MacDonald (Director, Jim Pattison Ethical Leadership Program)
  • Michael MacMillan (Co-founder and Chair, Samara Canada)
  • Rob Oliphant (former MP and United Church Minister)
  • Daniel Weinstock (James McGill Professor of Law at McGill University).
The goal of the event was to provide, along with the results of our national survey, the basis for an advisory document suggesting a path forward to better, more ethical political leadership.


Watch the event online:

The event is archived so that you can watch the full video here.

For more information, contact:

Prof. Chris MacDonald


tel: 416-979-5000 x 6903

twitter: @ethicsblogger


Chris MacDonald, Ph.D.
Director, Ted Rogers Leadership Centre

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