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Launch of the Observatory of Populism in Canada

Under the leadership of Emily Laxer, associate professor of sociology at Glendon and York Research Chair in Populism, Rights and Legality, we’re excited to introduce the Observatory of Populism in Canada. This initiative, a collaboration between Prof. Laxer, Rémi Vivès (assistant professor of economics at Glendon) and Efe Peker (assistant professor of sociology and political science at the University of Ottawa), aims to discover various dimensions – and illuminate the impacts – of populism in Canada, for the benefit of researchers, media and the larger public.

The rise of populism is reshaping political landscapes worldwide, causing polarization and disinformation. How is Canada, known for its democratic stability and celebration of diversity, affected? Join us to discover how populist discourses, styles and strategies are reshaping politics as usual in Canada, and learn about the consequences. Find out more about the initiatives and projects being undertaken by the Observatory’s team.

The event will include introductory remarks by the new director of the Glendon School of Public & International Affairs, Susan Pond, and a screening of the short film Canada Day, on the polarization of Canadian identity, directed by Peker. A reception with refreshments will follow.

Register here.


Sep 27 2023


4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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