On Monday, May 29, 2017, I hosted a panel discussion and debate at the London Public Library’s Wolf Performance Hall on the following question: Will a populist, anti-immigration agenda come to Ottawa in 2019? The idea for the event was born shortly after the American election: I was curious to gather some thinkers to weigh the probabilities as to whether or not a political phenomenon like Trump could occur in a country like Canada — a nation widely known for its positive attitudes towards immigration and multiculturalism. The thoughtful remarks of the presenters were immensely insightful. I am honoured to now be able to share this discussion with everyone who is interested in speculations about the political and policy future of Canada. While the discourse here is specific to Canada, I think it also contributes some meaningful ideas to the broader, global discussion.
A video edition of this event (with closed-captioning) is also available.
- Anton Allahar is Professor of Sociology at Western University
- Victoria Esses is Professor of Psychology at Western University
- Stephanie Levitz (@stephanielevitz) is a journalist at The Canadian Press
- Erna Paris is the author From Tolerance to Tyranny: A Cautionary Tale from Fifteenth-Century Spain
- Full speaker bios
Followup notes and discussions:
- Seeing the Present in the Past: Immigration in North America
- The Heuristic of Hate: Dissecting Islamophobia
- Does Proportional Representation Curb Populism?