Robert Young

Robert Young (1950-2017)

It is with great sadness that I am writing to you to inform you of the passing of our dear colleague and friend Bob Young. Bob served as member of our Advisory Board since the beginning of the project. In this capacity, he showed nothing but the strongest support throughout the duration of the research program. We all owe Bob a big thanks for looking over our shoulders while we were setting up and getting the program running. He remained a pillar of the MCRI through the midterm evaluation and beyond.

I personally want to add that I did not know Bob well when I asked him to join the Advisory Board back in 2009. But I had met him at one of the events of his own MCRI on Canadian federalism and was thoroughly impressed how he had directed the event and his project. In his typically modest way, Bob first refused because he felt he did not know much about suburbanization and didn’t think he was the right person to do this. I insisted and am a glad I did. He ultimately agreed.

Many of you will remember his dry humour and warm personality, his sharp critical sense and his trademark ties and sandals. You may have been with him enjoying a drink in a pub in rainy Leipzig and in the early evening sunshine in Montpellier. Ute and I had the opportunity to spend one last wonderful afternoon with Bob and his partner Louise Gadbois last summer listening to live music at our local pub in Toronto. He was enthusiastic about joining us for the final conference. It was not going to be.

Bob was trained at McGill University, Institut d'Études Politiques (Paris) and Oxford University. Since 1991, Bob had been at the Political Science Department at the University of Western Ontario. He was appointed Canada Research Chair in Multilevel Governance in 2003.

Roger Keil

Selected Publications:


Young, R., & Horak, M. (2012). Sites of governance: Multilevel governance and policy making in Canada's big cities. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press.

Sancton, A., Young, R. A. (2009). Foundations of governance: Municipal government in Canada's provinces. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Young, R. & Leuprecht, C. (2006). Canada: The State of the Federation 2004 Municipal-Federal-Provincial Relations in Canada. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press for the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations.

Young, R. (1999). The struggle for Quebec: From referendum to referendum? Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press.

Young, R. & Queen's University (Kingston, O. I. o. I. R). (1999). Stretching the federation: The art of the state in Canada. Kingston, Ont.: Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, Queen's University.

Young, R., Trent, J., & Lachapelle, G. (1996). Quebec-Canada: New Challenges and Opportunities. Ottawa: Ottawa University Press.

Young, R., & Queen's University (Kingston, O. I. o. I. R. (1994). The breakup of Czechoslovakia. Kingston, Ont.: Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, Queen's University.

Young, R. & Queen's University (Kingston, O. I. o. I. R. (1998). The secession of Quebec and the future of Canada (Rev. and expanded ed.). Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press published with the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, Queen's University, Kingston

Articles/Chapters in Books

Young, R. & McCarthy, K. (2009). Why do Municipal Issues Rise on the Federal Policy Agenda in Canada.  Canadian Public Administration, 52:3. 347-70

Young, R. (2009). Canada: A Creaking System, in Steytler, N. (ed.) (2009).
A Global Dialogue on Federalism Volume 6: Local Government and Metropolitan Regions in Federal Systems. Ottawa: McGill-Queen’s University Press.

Young, R. (2008). Governance of Megacities in Federal Orders, in Kincaid, J. & Chattopadhyay, R (eds.) (2008). Local Government in Federal Systems, Vol. 4 of Unity in Diversity: Learning from Each Other. New Delhi: Viva Books and Forum of Federations.

Young, R. (2006). Qu’est-ce Qu’un “Bon” Gouvernement?” in Pétry,F., Bélanger, E. & Imbeau, L. M. (eds.) (2006), Le Parti Liberal: Enquête sur les réalisations du gouvernement Charest. Québec: Les Presses de l’Université Laval.

Young, R. (2006). Open Federalism and Canadian Municipalities,  in Banting, K.G., Gibbins, R.,  Leslie, P. M., Noel, A.,  Simeon, R. &  Young, R. (eds.) (2006). Open Federalism: Interpretations, Significance. Kingston: Institute of Intergovernmental Relations.

Young, R. (2006). Jean Chrétien’s Québec Legacy: Coasting then Stickhandling Hard, in Harder, L. and Patten, S. (eds.) (2006). The Chrétien Legacy: Politics and Public Policy in Canada. Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press.