Could an anti-immigration movement gain political traction in Canada?

What would it take for nation known for its diversity to change its inclusionary policies?

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.


Followup notes and discussions:


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