School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

Immigration, multiculturalism and populist backlash: Is Canada exceptional?

Keith Banting, Stauffer-Dunning Fellow in the School of Policy Studies and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University

Big Thinking Series - Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences http://www.ideas-idees.ca/events/big-thinking
March 21, 2017


There is growing international commentary that Canada is unusual in continuing to support global openness, immigration and multiculturalism while avoiding the populist backlash evident elsewhere. Many commentators attribute this Canadian exceptionalism to our national identity. Without denying the place of that identity, this Big Thinking presentation will highlight the role of our political institutions and public policies. Keith Banting will focus on immigration, refugees and multiculturalism to ask whether Canada really is different and, if so, why? Will Canada remain on the same trajectory in the future?

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