The Canadian Elections: What Happened?
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About the event
On September 11th, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the official start of Canada's 2019 federal election campaign, beginning a 40-day countdown until Canadians cast their votes on October 21st. Only a week into Canada's election season, the Canadian PM has been on the defensive after photos and a video resurfaced, capturing him in makeup and costumes that many denounced as racist. Although the Conservative Party has seized on the scandals surrounding Trudeau, the Party has had to answer for its own alleged ties to racism and far-right activists, and critics have raised concerns about the rightward drift of the Conservatives and their base. Meanwhile, the New Democratic Party have been trying to build support among Canadian progressives and enlarge their base, while dealing with racist remarks made throughout the election campaign toward the party's leader, Jagmeet Singh. The various parties have been rolling out platforms and policies as the campaign season gets underway, climate change and fossil fuels providing areas of great distinction.
Overall, this election cycle has proven to be an extremely busy and divisive one. As campaigning draws to a close, come join EPU to discuss the results of the election and ask any questions you may have.
The event will take place in the form of a Q&A and conversational discussion. We are honoured to be joined by Julia Calvert, a lecturer in Political Economy at Edinburgh whose work covers Canadian Foreign Policy and resource governance in the Americas.
Bring a friend and come join us to discuss this important election! Hope to see you there!