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Michael Brown

Michael Brown is Professor Emeritus of Humanities and Hebrew at York University, Toronto, where he served as director of the Centre for Jewish Studies. His most recent book is Not Written in Stone: Jew, Constitutions and Constitutionalism in Canada (Ottawa, 2004), written and edited with Ira Robinson and the late Daniel Elazar.

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Phyllis Lambert

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