Will the U.S. Midterm Election results have consequences for Canada?


 TORONTO, November 2, 2018 – York University experts on politics, health, business and trade will be keeping a close eye on the American midterm elections on Tuesday, watching for possible implications for Canada and the world.

Power shifts in key states could impact Canadian industries. The overall results of the elections – two years into U.S. President Donald Trump’s term – could influence America’s domestic and international policy for years to come.

The following York U experts are available for interviews:

Steven J. Hoffman, director of the Global Strategy Lab and a professor of Global Health, Law, and Political Science at York University is currently a visiting professor at the University of Oxford. An international lawyer who specializes in global health law, global governance and institutional design, Hoffman previously worked as a Project Manager for the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and as a Fellow in the Executive Office of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York City, where he offered strategic and technical input on a range of global health issues.

He can comment on:

  • Climate change impact on health policies and how a Republican congress may further allow the U.S. to roll back previous achievements
  • NIH budget, the largest health research funder in the world, and how a political change could impact previous bipartisan consensus on supporting science
  • Development assistance, and how an “America First” approach could further impact foreign aid
  • Health care and the survival of any components of Obamacare

Bernie Wolf, professor emeritus of Economics and International Business and director of the Certificate in International Trade and Investment at the Schulich School of Business, is an expert on international trade, investment, trade agreements, exchange rates and monetary policy.

He can comment on:

  • How efforts made on provisions in the USMCA could be hindered by the midterm election results
  • How results could impact the movement around trade and Canada’s negotiations going forward

Stephen Newman, professor in the Department of Political Science is an expert in American politics and political theory, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies.

He can comment on:

  • Political ideology in the United States
  • Libertarianism and conservatism in the United States
  • Freedom of expression in the United States and Canada


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Media contact: Anjum Nayyar, York University Media Relations, 416 736 2100 ext. 44543 anayyar@yorku.ca