March 22, 2018 @ 6:45 pm – 9:00 pm
Glendon Campus
2275 Bayview Ave
North York, ON M4N 3M6
Glendon School of Public & International Affairs

March 22, 2018

6:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
A100 – Centre of Excellence
Glendon Campus, York University
2275 Bayview Ave., Toronto, ON


The rise of populism has rattled the political establishment. Brexit,  the victory of Donald Trump and the support for right-wing political parties in Germany, Austria, not to mention the populist movements in the rest of the world have shocked the so-called elites.  Western leaders try to understand and respond to the fact that large swaths of their electorates are rejecting traditional parties. Is it as a result of the 2007-8 economic crisis? The decade since the financial crisis suggests that that the system of economic governance that has held sway for the past four decades is broken. What, if any, are some of the other causes of global populism? How should moderate leaders respond?

At the Glendon Global Debate, experts will discuss some of these issues and will touch on the following:

  • What is populism and what are its roots in the current context?
  • Is populism a result of growing inequality or something else, like migration flows?
  • What are the political, economic, social and cultural impact of global populism in the West and around the globe?
  • How is global populism impacting Canada? Is the economic system working for everyone?
  • What are some of the new ideas to address populism – new industrial strategy?

The Honourable David Collenette 
Special Advisor, High-Speed Rail in Ontario and former Federal Cabinet Minister 

Donna Dasko
Sessional Lecturer, School of Public Policy & Governance, University of Toronto

Jon Allen
Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs and former Ambassador of Canada to Israel

Willem Maas
Jean Monnet Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Political Science,
Glendon Campus-York University


Habiba Nosheen
Co-host, the fifth estate, CBC