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David McGrane

David McGrane

Ph.D. Carleton (2007)

Office: St. Thomas More 206 STM
Phone: 966-8924

Dr. David McGrane welcomes requests for media interviews in his research areas. In particular, Dr. McGrane can comment on Saskatchewan politics, including federal and provincial elections.  Media may contact him at the above number.

Dr. David McGrane was born and raised in Moose Jaw and did his undergraduate degree in Political Science at the University of Regina and his Masters’ degree in Political Science at York University in Toronto. He completed his Ph.D. in political science at Carleton University in Ottawa and is now an Associate Professor of Political Studies at St. Thomas More College and the University of Saskatchewan.

He has published in several academic journals and his most recent research is a book entilted Remaining Loyal: Social Democracy in Quebec and Saskatchewan published by McGill-Queen's University Press. 

Dr. McGrane frequently comments in the media on federal and provincial politics.  His research interests include federal-provincial fiscal relations, multiculturalism, provincial elections, and childcare. He currently holds a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council grant to write a book on the federal NDP and is the President of the Prairie Political Science Association. He serves his community through his membership on the Board of Directors of the Saskatoon Open Door Society, sitting on the City of Saskatoon's Environmental Advisory Committee, and holding the position of Vice-President of the parents committee at Le Centre éducatif Félix le Chat.

Teaching & Supervision

Dr McGrane teaches POLS 111 (Democracy in North America), POLS 305 (Provincial Politics), POLS 337 (Canadian Ideologies and the Pursuit of the Common Good) , POLS 349 (The Public Policy of Multiculturalism in Canada), POLS 404 (Issues in Canadian Federalism), and POLS 405 (Political Representation in Canada)


Federal-provincial fiscal relations, social democracy, Québécois nationalism, Western Canadian alienation, immigration, multiculturalism, childcare, Saskatchewan public policy,  Saskatchewan provincial elections, Canadian federal elections, and political marketing.



David McGrane, Remaining Loyal: Social Democracy in Quebec and Saskatchewan, Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2014. Purchase this book from the publisher.

David McGrane (editor), New Directions in Saskatchewan Public Policy, Canadian Plains Research Centre Press, 2011. Purchase this book from the publisher.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles (Click on article to access it)

David McGrane and Loleen Berdahl. "Social Unionism, Public Relations, and Support for Unions: A Case Study of Public Opinion in Saskatchewan, Canada", Global Labour Journal, Volume 6, Number 1, (2015), pp. 62-78. 

Loleen Berdahl, Stephen White, David McGrane, and Michael A. Atkinson. "Symbols, Self-Interest and Labour Policy Attitudes: Evidence from Saskatchewan", Industrial Relations/Relations industrielles, Volume 69, Number 4, (2014), pp. 665-686.

David McGrane, "Bureaucratic champions and Unified Childcare Sectors: Neo-liberalism and Inclusive Liberalism in Atlantic Canadian Childcare Systems", International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy, Volume 8, Number 1, (2014), pp. 1-20.

David McGrane, Stephen White, Loleen Berdahl, Michael Atkinson, "Leadership, Partisan Loyalty, and Issue Salience: The 2011 Provincial Election in Saskatchewan", Canadian Political Science Review, Volume 7, Number 1, (2013), pp. 1-12.

David McGrane and Loleen Berdahl, "Small Worlds No More: Reconsidering Provincial Political Cultures in Canada", Regional and Federal Studies, Volume 23, Issue 4, (2013), pp. 479-493.

David McGrane, "From Liberal Multiculturalism to Civic Republicanism: An Historical Perspective on Multiculturalism in Manitoba and Saskatchewan", Canadian Ethnic Studies, Volume 43, Number 1-2, (2011), pp. 81-108. 

David McGrane, “A Mixed Record: Gender and Saskatchewan Social Democracy”, Journal of Canadian Studies, Volume 42, Number 1, (Winter 2008), pp. 179-203.

David McGrane, “The 2007 Provincial Election in Saskatchewan”, Canadian Political Science Review, Volume 2, Number 1, March/April 2008, pp. 64-71. 

David McGrane, “Western Alienation or Mere Critique of Federal Government Policies?: Saskatchewan Social Democrats’ View of Federalism from 1900 to Present”, International Journal of Canadian Studies, Volume 32, (2005), pp. 205-235.

Book Chapters

David McGrane, "National Unity Through Disengagement: The Harper Government's One-Off Federalism" in How Ottawa Spends, 2013-2014: The Harper Government: Mid-Term Blues and Long-Term Plans, Christopher Stoney and Bruce Doern (eds.), Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2013, pp. 114-126. Purchase this book from the publisher.

David McGrane, "Political Marketing and the NDP's Historic Breakthrough" in The Canadian Federal Election of 2011, Jon Pammett and Christopher Doran (eds.), Toronto: Dundurn Publishing, 2011, pp. 77-110. Purchase this book from the publisher.

David McGrane, "Balancing Conflicting Purposes: Saskatchewan Taxation Policy from 1991 to 2011" in New Directions in Saskatchewan Public Policy, David McGrane (ed.), Regina Canadian Plains Research Centre Press, 2011, pp. 91-120. Purchase this book from the publisher.

David McGrane, “Which Third Way? A Comparison of the Romanow and Calvert NDP Governments from 1991 to 2007” Saskatchewan Politics: Crowding the Centre, Howard Leeson (ed.), Regina: Canadian Center for Plains Research, 2008, pp. 143-164. Purchase this book at

David McGrane. “Limiting Fiscal Capacity?: The Relationship between Transfer Payments and Social Spending in Canadian Provinces from 1988 to 2002” in Constructing Tomorrow’s Federalism, edited by Ian Peach, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2007, pp. 51-88. Purchase this book at

Encyclopaedia Entries

David McGrane. “Joesph W. Burton”, “Don Mitchell” and “Andrew Thomson” in Saskatchewan Politicians: Lives Past and Present, edited by Brett Quiring, Regina: Canadian Plains Research Centre. 2004, pp. 34-35, 169-170 & 228.  

Technical Reports

David McGrane. “Ontario government’s new health premiums as unfair as they are regressive” in The CCPA Monitor, Volume 11, No. 4, 2004. pp. 14-15.

Heather-Jane Robertson, David McGrane and Erika Shaker. For Cash and Future Considerations: Ontario Universities and Public-Private Partnerships. Ottawa: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. 2003.

Book Reviews

David McGrane. Book Review of Social-démocratie et mouvements ouvrier: la fin de l’historie? by Serge Denis in Politique et Sociétés, Volume 22, no. 2, 2003. pp. 157-160.

Translations of Academic Texts (From French to English)

Linda Cardinal and Marie-Joie Bradley “Citizenship and Federalism in Canada: A Difficult Relationship” and Alain Noel “Balances and Imbalances in the Sharing of Financial Resources” in Contemporary Canadian Federalism: Foundations, Traditions, and Institutions. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2009. pp. 273-302 and 381-404.