Global rise of populism will be focus of York University’s Glendon debate


TORONTO, March 21, 2018 – York University is hosting Global Populism: Political, Economic and Social Implications as part of its Glendon Global Debates series, on Thursday, March 22 at the Centre of Excellence, Glendon Campus.

Experts will debate the rise of populism that has rattled the political establishment in recent years, and examine possible causes. Brexit, Donald Trump’s presidential victory, support for right-wing political parties in Germany and Austria, and the 2007-2008 economic crisis will be discussed. Panellists will also share their thoughts on how moderate leaders should respond to the new populist trend.

WHAT: Global Populism: Political, Economic and Social Implications, a debate focused on:

  • Populism and its roots in the current context, including growing inequality and migration flows
  • The political, economic, social and cultural impact of global populism in Canada and around the world
  • New strategies to address populism

Panellists and moderator:

  • David Collenette, Special Advisor, High-Speed Rail in Ontario and former Federal Cabinet Minister
  • Donna Dasko, Fellow, School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto and former SVP of Environics Research.
  • Jon Allen, Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs, CIC Distinguished Fellow, and former Ambassador of Canada to Israel
  • Professor Willem Maas, Jean Monnet Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Glendon Campus, York University
  • Habiba Nosheen, Co-host, the fifth estate, CBC (moderator)

 WHEN: March 22, 2018, 6:45pm to 9pm

WHERE: Room A100, Centre of Excellence - Glendon Campus, 2275 Bayview Avenue, Toronto

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