Preston Manning will join the Faculty of Arts and Science as the first Dean’s Distinguished Visitor in Political Science and Canadian Studies. First elected to the House of Commons in 1993, Manning was one of the principal founders of the Reform Party in 1987. Although he left Parliament in January, he remains passionate about public policy and democracy and hopes to further his interests in scientific research and innovation. “U of T is strong in all of these areas and so it seems an ideal place for me,” he says. “There is a vast array of intellectual resources and educational opportunities at the university, and I consider it a privilege to be associated with it.” Manning, who will join the university in the fall for a term of up to five years, will be actively involved in the educational life of the institution, interacting informally with graduate and undergraduate students, offering guest lectures in scheduled courses and delivering public lectures.
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