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University of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services David R. Cameron fonds
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Personal records and early career

Series consists of records relating to Prof. Cameron's early career and personal life. Records pertaining to various positions held by Prof. Cameron (including at Trent University, the University of Toronto, and various government departments) include offers of employment, staff appointment forms, appraisal reports, salary revisions, training records, and correspondence.

Further records relating to Prof. Cameron's employment at Trent University include course syllabi and a copy of the Trent University Student newspaper, Arthur, (1976) with a cover story about an English Department scandal during Prof. Cameron's time as Trent's Dean of Arts and Science. Records relating to his time on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Canadian Studies (1982-1985) include minutes of the editorial board meeting.

Records classed as 'personal' primarily relate to professional matters of particular import (ex: appointments and promotions), and include correspondence, peer reviews, letters of reference, employment records, other people's CVs, congratulatory notes, and membership records. One file also includes a handwritten letter from Jane Jacobs. One file consists of a diary recording Prof. Cameron's time in England in 1966.

The first file in this series includes file lists and inventories of Prof. Cameron's records during various points in his career. These may be useful to researchers working with records in other series, as some documents are listed at the item level.

Series also includes 9 photographs: primarily posed portraits and a photograph of Prof. Cameron at the Conference on the University into the 21st century in May 1984.

Constitutional Working Group

The series begins with the records of the Constitutional Working Group (CWG), whose purpose was to "advise the Attorney General and support the Deputy Ministers' Committee in the work which it is undertaking in the post-Meech environment."

Constitutional renewal

Series consists of records relating to Prof. Cameron's work on constitutional renewal, particularly at the provincial level, after his return to academia. This especially pertains to his advisory work for the Ontario Government and its Premier. Records in this series relate to various groups and meetings, and attempts were made to keep records from each group (or set of meetings) together. In some cases, groups were interfiled together, in which case such segregation was not possible.

Research and publications

Series consists of records relating to various research projects and publications Prof. Cameron worked on, relating to federalism, national unity, and multigovernance.

Records also document Prof. Cameron's work on the Patterns of Association project. Prof. Cameron served as a Principal Investigator (along with Richard Simeon and Jane Jenson) on the project, which was originally proposed as "Patterns of Association in Canadian Civil Society: Linguistic Relations in Non-governmental Organizations"

David R. Cameron fonds

  • UTA 1101
  • Fonds
  • 1966-2012

Fonds consists of the personal records of Prof. David R. Cameron, political scientist. The majority of the records document Prof. Cameron’s work with the federal and provincial governments, rather than his academic work.

Much of the fonds documents Prof. Cameron’s work with the federal and Ontario governments on constitutional renewal, national unity, and French-English relations in the late 1970s and 1980s. In particular, there is significant documentation of the Pépin-Robarts Task Force on Canadian Unity, and Cameron’s work with the Federal-Provincial Relations Office. Prof. Cameron’s work on post-secondary education with the Secretary of State is also well documented, as is his work on constitutional renewal and Ontario-Quebec relations with the Ontario government in the 1990s.

Records relating to this government service include day planners and steno pads, correspondence and memos, briefings, news clippings, government documents, reports, proposals, research and background files, travel records, contracts, drafts and revisions, and meeting agendas, minutes and briefings.

Fonds also includes records relating to Prof. Cameron’s involvement with the Romanow Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada (2001-2003), the Walkerton Inquiry (2001-2002), and the Sri Lankan peace process (2002-2005).

Academic records include employment records, correspondence, some conference files, and publication files, especially those related to his Patterns of Association project (1997-2006).

Cameron, David R.

Romanow Commission

In 2001, the Romanow Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada posted Requests for Proposals, looking for research teams to address particular issues. Prof. Cameron became the member of one such teams, which looked at fiscal federalism and health, and was led by Harvey Lazar, Director of the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations at Queen's University.

Prof. Cameron's records relating to the Romanow Commission include background material from the Commission, including the 2003 First Ministers' Accord on Health Care Renewal, material produced by the C.D. Howe Institute and Fraser Institute, news clippings, government documents, and papers, reports, and other material submitted to the Commission by various individuals and organizations. Series also includes "health reports binders"

Walkerton Inquiry

The Walkerton Inquiry investigated the contamination of the water supply of Walkerton, Ontario with E. coli bacteria in 2000. It also addressed, in general, the safety of drinking water in Ontario. Prof. Cameron wrote Drinking Water Safety: Does Ownership and Management Matter? A Commissioned Research Report for the Walkerton Inquiry, 2001, 200 pp. He also assisted Justice Dennis O'Connor in the preparation of a portion of the Walkerton Report, Part II, 2002.

Records in this series consist primarily of official submissions to the inquiry and research files, arranged alphabetically, on the topic of water purification, public works and public policy. Series also includes reports, notes and drafts.

Sri Lanka

Prof. Cameron joined the Board of the Forum of Federations in 2002. His work with the Forum led him to provide technical support to the Sri Lankan Peace Process, which was seeking resolution to the dispute between the Sri Lankan government and the Tamil Tigers. Prof. Cameron participated in peace process meetings in Sri Lanka (26-30 April 2002, 30 August-5 September 2002) Sri Lanka/Oslo (25 November-5 December), London (22-23 December), Thailand (3-10 January 2003), Berlin (5-9 February 2003), and Sri Lanka/Tokyo (10-20 March 2003; 24 August-3 September 2004; 26 March-7 April 2005). He also wrote papers and delivered presentations on peace and governance in Sri Lanka.

Records in this series include correspondence, reports, research, proposals from the Tamil Tigers and Sri Lankan government, and articles and presentations on the peace process. Records from particular peace talks include press releases, debriefing comments, texts of speeches, correspondence, maps and other travel documents, news clippings, and notes.

Series also consists of 2 photographs of Prof. Cameron, taken on his travels.

Constitutional Advisory Group

Prof. Cameron also chaired the Constitutional Advisory Group (CAG) in his capacity at the Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs. One of its goals was to promote the Ontario Government's proposal for the inclusion of a social charter in the Constitution. Records from this group include correspondence and memos, proposals, agendas and minutes, and notes. These records were typically filed chronologically; this arrangement has been maintained.

Conferences and presentations

Series consists of a few files relating to various workshops and presentations in which Prof. Cameron participated, including presentations for the Canadian Centre for Management Development on public service, citizenship and intergovernmental relations.

Continuing Committee on the Constitutions

The series also contains significant documentation from the Continuing Committee on the Constitution (CCC), including reports, proposals, drafts, discussion papers, briefing notes, background documents, proposed clauses, responses from provincial governments, and agendas. Records include the opinions and reactions of many of the provinces with regards to proposed constitutional and senate reform. Records from the Multilateral Meetings on the Constitution (see next section) may also be filed in some of these folders.


Series consists of Prof. Cameron's day planners, which include notes regarding appointments, meetings, personal events, and some notes to self. Some earlier planners seem to be used as diaries, recording events after they happened.

Multilateral Meeting on the Constitution

Records relating to the Multilateral Meetings on the Constitution include lists of delegates, meeting transcripts, legal decisions, meeting reports, records of meetings, status reports, drafts, and memos. Many of these records are mixed in with records for the Continuing Committee on the Constitution (see above).

Steno notebooks

Series consists of steno notebooks kept by Prof. Cameron for much of his career, in which he recorded his own notes from meetings, events, speeches and other activities, as well as notes for projects and other ongoing work.

Task Force on Canadian Unity

In 1977, Prof. Cameron was appointed Director of Research of the Pépin-Robarts Task Force on Canadian Unity (also known as the Pépin-Robarts Commission). The Task Force was created by Pierre Trudeau after the Parti Québécois was elected in 1976 and held public meetings to collect the opinions of Canadians and then advise the government on issues of national unity.

Records in this series include reports, drafts, meeting notes, correspondence, minutes and supporting documentation.

Meeting files were kept in binders, and in addition to agendas and summaries of discussions and observations, also include supporting documentation such as budget proposals, progress reports, proposals, agenda, memos, and research material. Background files were kept on particular individuals (academics, politicians and other figures) whose work was consulted as experts in the field. These files include correspondence and memos, meeting notes, news clippings, articles and other supporting research, as well as feedback on drafts and other work done by the Task Force. Some files include extensive discussion of the direction of the Task Force and the content of its findings.

Working files include summaries of trips to various communities, notes, news clippings, lists of participants at hearings, lists of researchers, speeches, records from the Steering and Editorial Committee, and discussions about the Task Force's relationship with the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations at Queen's University (then directed by Richard Simeon).

Federal-Provincial Relations Office

Series consists of records relating to Prof. Cameron's work in the Federal-Provincial Relations Office (FPRO), within the Privy Council Office (PCO).

From 1979-1980, Prof. Cameron served as Advisor in the Federal-Provincial Relations Office, and a member of the Coordination (Tellier) Group and successor groups, working on the Quebec referendum. Then, from 1980-1982, Prof. Cameron served as the Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Strategic and Constitutional Planning, in the Federal-Provincial Relations Office. According to his CV, this position had him "responsible for strategic planning with respect to constitutional change, both before and after patriation, and for broad federal policy and planning with respect to federal-provincial relations in general."

Secretary of State

Prof. Cameron spent 3 years as Assistant Undersecretary of State, Education Support (1982-1985). He was Senior Official Responsible for the Education Support Programs Branch and according to his CV, was "responsible for the federal EPF [Established Programs Financing] transfer payments to the provinces in support of post-secondary education, the Canada Student Loans Program, the Official Languages in Education Program, the National Program in Support of Canadian Studies, and the Secretary of State's involvement in international education affairs."


Ontario Government Records on Constitutional Renewal records relate to a variety of meetings and groups (including those in other subseries) that were kept by Prof. Cameron, typically in chronological order (ex. one file per month) or by project phases. These files include minutes, draft reports, briefing books, correspondence, and other records.

Later advisory work

Records relating to post 1992 work that Prof. Cameron did with the Ontario Government, providing advice on constitutional matters throughout the 1990s, and then with the Panel on the Future of Government in Ontario (2002-2004). Prof. Cameron (with Graham White and Celine Mulhern) produced Democracy in Ontario, a report for the Panel on the Future Role of Government in Ontario, in August 2003.

Press clippings

Series consists of daily press clippings (photocopies of newspaper articles) compiled by the Communications Branch on various issues of import to the government, but especially relating to the constitution.

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