Thursday, 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?

Recap of the POPULISM debate!


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

Donna Dasko

Fellow, School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto
and former SVP of Environics Research.

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


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



Diana Swain
Host, The Investigators with Diana Swain, CBC