David Elton, president of the Canada West Foundation, will speak at Brigham Young University Friday, March 1, in the first Asael E. and Maydell C. Palmer Distinguished Lecture in Canadian Studies.

Elton, a professor of political science at the University of Lethbridge in southern Alberta, will ask "Does Canada Have a Future?" at 7 p.m. in the David M. Kennedy Center Conference Room (238 Clark Building).Earl Fry, professor of political science and director of Canadian studies at BYU, said the descendants of Asael E. and Maydell C. Palmer established the lecture series as a memorial to their parents and grandparents.

Asael E. Palmer was a agricultural scientist. The Canadian historian, James H. Gray, in his book "Men Against the Desert," said, "Asael Palmer was one of the three men whose contributions were indispensable in saving the agricultural industry of western Canada" during the period known as the "Dirty Thirties."