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We acknowledge that our meeting location is on the unceded Indigenous lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka/Mohawk Nation, which is known as a gathering place for many First Nations, and we recognize them as custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather.

Is Canadian Democracy Under Threat?

Thursday, September 15th, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (EST)

Session Description: On one hand, the question of whether Canadian democracy is under threat is, in comparative terms, largely settled. Canada is considered a full and robust democracy by any measure, with resilient democratic institutions, a pluralistic political culture, a vibrant civil society, and constitutionalized protections for minority rights. On the other hand, numerous social, political, and economic forces, both new and old, can have a potentially corrosive effect on even the most stable of democratic societies. In Canada, longstanding issues, such as evolving intergovernmental relations, increasingly contentious dynamics of federalism, the divisiveness of Quebec nationalism, stalled reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, persistent and growing wealth inequality, the urban/rural divide, gaping holes in the social safety net, the housing crisis in urban centers, the looming climate disaster, the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, unresponsive democratic institutions, the civic literacy deficit, declining trust in the media, and the centralization of power in the office of the Prime Minster, remain unresolved. Moreover, recent social movements that seek to challenge the very meaning and motives of Canadian democratic rule, including Idle No More, Black Lives Matter, Land Defenders, and the so-called Freedom Convoy, have suggested that formal venues of political power are inaccessible for large portions of the population. Can Canadian democracy respond to the old, new, and recalcitrant forces of the 21st century? If so, how? If not, at what cost?

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  • Jonathan Montpetit, CBC Montréal (Chair) 

Presenters 

  • Yann Allard-Tremblay, McGill University
  • Antje Ellermann, University of British Columbia
  • Sheryl R. Lightfoot, University of British Columbia
  • Debra Thompson, McGill University
  • Daniel Beland, McGill University
  • Kristin R.Good, Dalhouise University
Jonathan Montpetit

Jonathan Montpetit,
CBC Montréal (Chair) 

Yann Allard-Tremblay

Yann Allard-Tremblay,
McGill University

Antje Ellermann,
University of British Columbia

Sheryl R. Lightfoot,
University of British Columbia

Debra Thompson,
McGill University

Daniel Beland
McGill University

Kristin R.Good,
Dalhouise University

Voices of the Right: Political Conservatism in Academia

Friday, September 16th, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 am. (EST)

Session Description: This panel discusses the role of political conservatives in academia and in political science in the current era of severe polarization and controversies over academic freedom. It will take an honest look at the current state of conservative intellectual life in America, while also considering how and when understanding conservative perspectives, and inclusion of conservative scholarly voices, can enhance scholarship, teaching, and academic debates in our discipline.

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  • Rogers M. Smith, University of Pennsylvania (Chair) 

Presenters 

  • Jon A. Shields, Claremont McKenna College
  • James R. Stoner, Louisiana State University
  • Matthew Woessner, United States Army War College
  • Laura K. Field, American University
  • Ronnee Schreiber, San Diego State University

Rogers M. Smith,
University of Pennsylvania (Chair) 

Jon A. Shields,
Claremont McKenna College

James R. Stoner,
Louisiana State University

Matthew Woessner,
United States Army War College

Laura K. Field,
American University

Ronnee Schreiber,
San Diego State University

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