Books

Gerard has contributed to a number of educational books, written by researchers, academics, and close associates. Each of these books represents an assembly of considerable intellectual investment and time by the authors. These thought-provoking volumes require readers to invest their time to carefully read and truly digest the content, ideas, and knowledge therein (to order click on the item).

Authored/Co-Authored

Separation and Better Government: Adopting an Administration Firewall

    • by Gerard A. Lucyshyn
    • 102pp  ISBN: 1777657709 
    • Frontier Centre for Public Policy  December 2021

An examination of the issue of separation by comparing and contrasting the current municipal governing model used in the City of Regina to other municipal governing models used in Canada, United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia. Separation is the practice of establishing a formal administrative firewall between those who are elected to represent the municipality residents and those who are hired to provide the services to the residents of the municipality.

So Much More We Can Be: Saskatchewan’s paradigm shift and the final chapter on the Devine government 1982-1991.

    • by Edward Willett, Gerard Lucyshyn, Joseph Ralko
    • 271pp  ISBN: 09780987895455 
    • Frontier Centre for Public Policy  May 2021

The 1982 Saskatchewan general election proved to be a fundamental turning point in the province’s history. The goal of any government leading Saskatchewan into the future was a common one, specifically the diversification of the Saskatchewan economy. However, the battle that would be fought would not be over direction but rather over how best to achieve the goal. When Devine and the Progressive Conservatives came to power in 1982, it disrupted the historical status quo of heavy government involvement and ownership in the lives of the Saskatchewan people. Over their nine years in office, the Grant Devine government commenced and completed numerous programs and projects. While some projects did not come to fruition until many years later, many of them fundamentally shifted and created long-lasting positive effects on Saskatchewan’s revenues, employment, and economy well-being. The final chapter examines the economic data and sets the historical record straight about the lasting legacy of the Grant Devine government and a turning point in Saskatchewan history.

Published/Assisted

Patients at Risk: Exposing Canada’s Health-care Crisis.

  • by Susan Martinuk
  • 264pp  ISBN: 09781777657741 (softcover)
  • Frontier Centre for Public Policy  December 2021

This book is an exceptionally worthwhile contribution to the Canadian health-care debate. Martinuk breaks the “cone silence” which prevails over health care and exposes it for what it is – an outdated, bloated, bureaucratic, government-controlled monopoly where patients rank well down the list of priorities and health-care workers are trapped in a regulatory maze over which they have no control. As such, it presents a compelling and irrefutable case for change. It’s time for hospital executives across Canada, who are well aware of the serious shortcomings documented in this book, to speak up and stand up for change.

“I would like to thank the Frontier Centre for Public Policy for their financial and administrative support. In particular, I am grateful to Gerard Lucyshyn, the Vice President for Research, for his suggestions, advice, and encouragement.”

Indigenizing the University: Diverse Perspectives*

  • Edited by Frances Widdowson
  • 320pp  ISBN: 09780987895486 (softcover)  09780987895493 (kindle)
  • Frontier Centre for Public Policy  February 24, 2021

Since the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s findings, administrators, faculty members and students have heard that universities should be “Indigenized.” Concerns about the poor educational levels of many Indigenous people have resulted in the claim that “Indigenizing the university” will help to address this problem. Up until now, however, the history of colonialism has made it difficult to discuss the initiative’s implications honestly. This edited volume strives to openly examine the multiple aspects of university Indigenization. By bringing in diverse perspectives from a variety of disciplines about a number of different facets of Indigenization, it is hoped that we can better understand how current efforts will impact Indigenous peoples and universities as a whole. As truth-telling is an essential part of reconciliation, this volume helps us all in our attempts to improve post-secondary education for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

“… Special appreciation is owed to Gerard Lucyshyn, VP Research. Editing this book was quite a challenge, and his dedication and professionalism were essential in putting the volume together.”

COVID-19 The Politics of a Pandemic Moral Panic*

  • by Barry Cooper and Marco Navarro-Génie
  • 140pp  ISBN: 09780987895462 (softcover)
  • Frontier Centre for Public Policy  November 2020

COVID-19 The Politics of a Pandemic Moral Panic explores the political and social responses that have been tributary to the medical responses during the COVID-19 pandemic. What is a moral panic? The focus of any analysis of moral panic is whether an issue is distorted and exaggerated in such a way as to produce an obvious over-reaction on the part of social and political authorities. Such a process occurs in stages: (1) an event or perhaps a person is defined as a threat, perhaps only a vague threat, to existing values, traditions, or interests; (2) the event is simplified; and presented in the mass (and now social) media in a stereotypical way; (3) moral barricades are manned by editors, politicians, experts, and other right-thinking people and socially authorized knowers; (4) ways of coping with the disturbance are developed, and eventually; (5) the public profile of the disturbance, event, individual, etc., declines and is forgotten or is retained as a memory and as a diffuse or potential threat. The chief emotion associated with a moral panic is fear. John Lee, M.D., retired professor of pathology and a National Health Service consultant pathologist, summarized the point about the history of the virus over the past couple of decades: “The spread of viruses like COVID-19 is not new. What is new is our response.”

“… It is with great appreciation, the authors thank all staff members of Frontier Centre for Public Policy who contributed time and energy into the final manuscript: Gerard Lucyshyn, Deanne Brosnan, and Naomi Lakritz.”

Do Something! 365 Ways You Can Strengthen Canada

  • by Preston Manning, forward by Rex Murphy
  • 431pp  ISBN: 9781989555255 (softcover)
  • Sutherland House  March 2020

Politicians, legislatures and parliament are widely mistrusted. Canadians do not see their issues and concerns reflected in the priorities of the people elected to serve them. The rise of populism is one symptom of discontent. Others are low voter turnouts and an increasingly vicious public sphere. It is time for Canadians to repair and strengthen their democracy. It is time to Do Something!

In this riveting and inspirational book, author and parliamentarian Preston Manning calls on Canadians of all beliefs and allegiances to renew their nations democracy and the ideas, processes, and institutions that support it. Drawing on a lifetime of public service, he offers 365 practical ways that people can get involved and make a difference, in their communities and on the national stage.

“The author wishes to especially thank Gerard Lucyshyn for his valuable and much appreciated assistance in fact checking, footnoting, and proofing the text … “