Why Canadian Elections are more interesting than US Elections: Looking ahead to Election Day
It’s election time again, and power in Ottawa could well be up for grabs. As in the United States, Canadians’ political opinions have become more polarized in recent years. While American elections tend to be very predictable, however, Canadian elections are anything but. In this talk, Doug Munroe and Kaija Belfry Munroe will explain how our electoral rules, parliamentary democracy, and political culture interact to make Canadian elections unpredictable and exciting, and offer their tips about what to watch as we get closer to Election Day on October 21st.
This series takes place on the second Wednesday of each month from October to April.
About the Speakers
Kaija Belfry Munroe’s passion for Canadian studies led her to a range of government posts before joining Quest—including in a provincial legislature; the House of Commons; the Senate; a government agency; and a municipal government. She has also worked with a number of nongovernmental organizations.
Her dissertation and research are focused mainly on political economy and environmental policy in Canada. Most recently, she studied why a large number of Canadian firms and business associations supported a carbon price—either a carbon tax or cap-and-trade program—after 2006-2007.
Kaija is also passionate about her family and her hobbies, which include rock climbing, biking and tea drinking.
Doug Munroe’s research is broadly focused on politics and strategic studies, including security policy, terrorism and counterterrorism, intelligence studies, political violence and strategic studies.
He worked in the Emergency Management and National Security Branch at the Department of Public Safety before his postgraduate studies. He currently teaches a range of courses, such as Global Perspectives, Politics of Cyberspace, Peacebuilding, Gender/Politics, Comparative Political Institutions, Canadian Political Strategy, and Topics in Security Studies.
Doug is an avid caver, rock climber and mountaineer. He is the provincial coordinator of the British Columbia Cave Rescue service. He has also at various times been a long-distance runner, a sailor and an amateur musician. In his 20s he lived in six cities on three continents, and he hopes to spend many years living and playing with his family in the shadow of The Chief.