About

JPB 2011 dark blue blazer (8)Canadian public policy advocate J. Patrick Boyer blogs here and invites your comments in the interests of dialogue.

BACKGROUND: Witnessing the world around him, Patrick Boyer developed an emotional approach to ethics. This created an impulse for justice — legal justice for victims of wrongdoing, social justice for anyone left on the margins.

His instinct for justice gradually extended to feelings about the community itself, as an impulse to protect the public commons from predators and achieve a social harmony through equality for all and special privileges for none.

Pursuing “the Just Society” through lofty goals was inspirational, but Patrick sought realism in a harsh world. More immediate and tangible would be to create justice by removing injustice.

When it became clear to him that patterns in society emerge through the combined interaction of institutions and individuals, he sought to alter patterns of behaviour by engaging this relationship. Reform could not be a superficial quick-fix. It required a cultural shift. This, he realized, required a lifetime of engagement on many fronts, which led Boyer into journalism, law, politics, advocacy, and creating new organizations.

CAREER INFO ABOUT BOYER: Born in 1945, Boyer has worked as a typesetter and printer, reporter and television host, newspaper columnist and broadcast commentator. As a lawyer with a major Toronto firm he specialized in electoral law and communications law, government issues, and legal affairs in the far North. Patrick became Member of Parliament representing Toronto’s Etobicoke-Lakeshore riding from 1984 to 1993. In the Commons he chaired the Parliamentary Committee on Equality Rights, the Parliamentary Committee on the Status of Disabled Persons, and a committee on electoral law reform. He also served as Parliamentary Secretary for External Affairs, and later Parliamentary Secretary for National Defence.

He holds degrees from Carleton University in economics and political science, from University of Toronto in law and history, and also studied at Université de Montréal and the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Dr. Boyer taught political ethics as a faculty member at University of Guelph, and also taught history at York University, Canadian constitutional law at Wilfrid Laurier University, and the law of Canadian democracy at University of Toronto.

He founded The Northern Institute for Public Policy, Breakout Educational Network, and the Corinne Boyer Fund for Ovarian Cancer Research and Treatment (today Cancer Care Canada).

Author of some 20 books, including A Passion for Justice, Solitary Courage, Raw Life, and Hands-On Democracy, Patrick Boyer has also written more than 600 newspaper and magazine articles, and many parliamentary and professional reports.

As a book publisher, Boyer is president of Muskoka Books and Blue Butterfly Books, and is editor-at-large with Dundurn, another independent Canadian book publishing house. His most recent book published in April 2013, is Another Country, Another Life.

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4 Responses to About

  1. Tom Rowlands says:

    I have just completed a read of your Senate Scandal Book with much admiration of the way in which you have marshalled the troublesome history. You give many examples of stupid and sometimes regretted decisions by honourable good vote getters in high political places which demonstrate that whatever happens we will need strong protection against these inevitable happenings.
    Please note that on your birth date I was a Flight Lieutenant in the Royal Air Force on my way into Germany and more than glad that peace in Europe came two months later.
    I am a product of the twenties and thirties when more than one democratic constitution was prostituted and taken over by Dictators, and, let’s face it
    Until someone can tell me what replaces the Senate I feel adamant that it would be foolish to do away with it without replacing the present safeguards with viable reliable alternatives..
    My reading of the history of the 1867 constitution tells me that coincidence with the American Civil meant that extraordinary care was required to prevent a tyrant from hijacking our democracy.
    It would be a tragedy if the whole consequence is not laid out for Canadians before we rush to eliminate the Senate.

  2. Bill Morris says:

    Just finished the “Scandalous Senate” . Great book. You really are an outstanding Canadian. All best wishes. Bill Morris

  3. From friends Gerald & Marion Archambeau who remember your help to get my autobiography published. I will always be indebted to you for giving my immigrant life story the up-lift that it needed to inspire other newcomers to our great country Canada. Life is good as Marion and I celebrate our 35th year of bliss & happiness. All the best to you Patrick, and yours sincerely Gerald.

  4. brainiac54 says:

    hi patrick, i agree with reforming/abolishing the senate, and with proportional representation. I met you during the fluoride debates. Gordie Merton is representing the Canadian Action Party, which has senate reform and proportional representation as two of it’s pillars. Sorry to contact you here about this, but I do not know how to find you otherwise. here is Gordie’s website, and his phone number. If you have any interest, please contact! Thanks Jimhttp://gordiemertoncampaign.weebly.com/ 705-394-9554

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