via Zoom - to attend please email by Friday 23 February at 6.00pm (UK time)

"Changing Canada: Health care in crisis?"

Has Canada’s health care system – long a measure of national pride – reached a crisis point? Demand and costs are rising, and provinces are increasingly pressured to seek reform measures and, in some case, alternative approaches to delivery and financing.   At the same time, public opinion shows increasing concern on the part of Canadians, both in terms of their own access to care, and also on their government’s ability and performance in the health care sector.  But is the system really in crisis?

Antonia Maioni is a Professor in the Department of Equity, Ethics and Policy in the School of Population and Global Health at Mc Gill University in Montreal, Quebec. She is currently the William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor in Canadian Studies at Harvard University.


The next BACS/UCL event will be a panel discussion of the outcome of the recent Conservative party leadership election in Canada in which Pierre Poilievre defeated Jean Charest. How do we explain this result and what does it mean for the future of the Canadian Conservative party and Canadian politics more generally?

The panel will include Professor Jean-François Godbout (University of Montreal), Professor Allison Harel (UQAM) and Professor Christopher Kirkey (SUNY, Plattsburgh).

The event has been rearranged to take place via Zoom on Tuesday 6 December at 6.00pm (UK time).

A Zoom link to the event will be sent to ticket holders the day before.

Registration is free and all are welcome - tickets and further details can be accessed via the Eventbrite link below.

Past Events

BACS panel event - discussion of Quebec election of 3 October 2022

Tuesday 18 October 2022 at 6.00pm (UK time)

An online event via Zoom.

Tickets are free but registration via Eventbrite is required in order to be sent the Zoom link to the event.

Optional membership of BACS and subscription to the BJCS can also be obtained via the Eventbrite link.

A panel of distinguished speakers based in Quebec, the UK and the US will discuss the outcome of the Quebec election of 3 October 2022

The panel consists of Dr James Kennedy (Edinburgh University), Professor Christopher Kirkey (SUNY Plattsburgh) and Professor Jocelyn Létourneau (Laval University). The event is chaired by Dr Tony McCulloch (UCL Institute of the Americas) and will include a Q and A with members of the audience. 

Registered attendees will be sent a Zoom link on Monday 17 October

BACS panel event - Quebec from without and from within

Wednesday 10 November 2021 at 6.00pm (UK time)


An online event via Zoom.

Tickets are free but registration via Eventbrite is required.

A distinguished panel of contributors to vol 33.2 (autumn 2021) of the British Journal for Canadian Studies on Quebec literature, and Q & A.

A short introduction to the journal issue at 6.00pm (UK time) will be followed by brief presentations on each of the articles.

The introduction and talks 1, 3 and 5 will be delivered in English.

Talks 2, 4 and 6 will be in French.

Introduction - As one element in the idea of a broader project relating to Canada as a whole, this BACS/BJCS bilingual event, bringing together scholars from Québec, England and Wales, considers a variety of views on French Canada and Québec in the works of French, American, British and Québécois writers from the 1860s through to the new millennium.

1: Maxime Prévost (University of Ottawa), ‘Ned Land et l’utopie compensatoire chez Jules Verne : à propos du Canadien de Vingt Mille Lieues sous les mers' ('Ned Land and the compensatory utopia of Jules Verne: Portrait of a French Canadian in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea’)

2: François-Emmanuel Boucher (Royal Militrary College, Kingston), ‘Le Canadien français d’Horace Mitchell Miner dans St. Denis. A French-Canadian Parish’ ('Horace Mitchell Miner's French Canadian in St Denis, A French-Canadian Parish')

3: Rachel Killick (University of Leeds), ‘Becoming Québécois: Édouard and the Duchesse de Langeais between Old Worlds and New in the work of Michel Tremblay’

4: Sophie Marcotte (Concordia University), ‘Fictional Representations of Rural Québec in John le Carré’s The Night Manager, Louis Hamelin’s Autour d’Éva and Gabriel Anctil’s Sur le 132.’

5: Ceri Morgan (Keele University) , ‘Québec’s new regional fiction: Louise Penny and Johanne Seymour ‘

6: Sylvain David (Université Laval) , ‘Une identité en creux. L’Incendie du Hilton de François Bon ('An identity in obverse. François Bon's " L’Incendie du Hilton"

English (UK)