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Members of the Elections Canada Advisory Board

Dr. Paul Thomas

Paul Thomas is Professor Emeritus in Political Studies and former Duff Roblin Professor of Government at the University of Manitoba. He recently served as a member of the 2012 Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Manitoba.

Dr. Thomas has authored approximately 150 articles and chapters in books on Canadian politics and political parties. He was the co-editor and contributor of three chapters to Manitoba Politics and Government: Issues, Institutions, and Traditions (2010).

Over the course of his career, Dr. Thomas has led or participated in various public inquiries dealing with health care, economic growth, urban governance, electoral reform and access to information. He is widely cited for his analyses and interpretations of the activities of federal and provincial institutions.

In 1991–1992, he was a researcher for the Royal Commission on Electoral Reform and Party Financing. In 2012, Dr. Thomas was appointed as Manitoba's Allowance Commissioner under the Elections Finances Act.

He has received numerous forms of recognition for his scholarship and contributions to public life. In 2007, he was inducted into the Order of Manitoba. Earlier in 1994, he received the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Distinguished Public Service, and in 2003, he was honoured with the Vanier Medal of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada.

Dr. Thomas received a PhD in Political Economy from the University of Toronto in 1976, and received earlier degrees from the University of Manitoba.