Who Speaks for “the People”? Placing Canadian Populist Politics in Historical Context

Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020

1:30pm - 3:30pm

Lecture by:
Christopher G. Anderson

In a liberal-democracy such as Canada, the “voice of the people” is of vital importance to effective and legitimate political representation. At the same time, mobilization on behalf of and by “the people” can unleash powerful forces that challenge central ideals of liberty and equality. In recent years, such populist forces seem to be increasing in Canada, producing fears for a more fractious and perhaps even violent politics. This talk provides an opportunity to step back from the headlines to explore past populist movements in Canada, and thereby place the populist politics of the present within a broader historical context.

About The Lecturer

Christopher G. Anderson

Christopher G. Anderson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University. He received his PhD from McGill University and his BA from the University of Toronto. His research encompasses both historical and contemporary studies of Canadian citizenship, multiculturalism, immigration, and refugee policy. His book, Canadian Liberalism and the Politics of Border Control, 1867-1967 (UBC Press) was published in 2013, and he co-edits a widely used introductory politics textbook, Studying Politics (Nelson Education). Apart from contributions to various edited volumes, his work has appeared in the Canadian Journal of Political Science, Canadian Parliamentary Review, the American Review of Canadian Studies, the International Journal of Canadian Studies and the Journal of Canadian Studies.