Oct 25

Big Thinking on the Hill

Richard Johnston, Canada Research Chair in Public Opinion, Elections, and Representation at the University of British Columbia

The 2016 US Election: How did it come to this, and where is it going?

October 25, 2016 

The battle for the Republican nomination defied prediction and challenged much of what we thought we knew about parties in the United States. Many believed that Donald Trump was a creature of the media, doomed to obscurity once they lost interest. Instead, he activated potential Republican constituencies that had long been dormant. Something of the same happened on the Democratic side with the race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. Is 2016 an historical accident, leaving no permanent impact, or has the electoral landscape been fundamentally transformed? What impact will this have on Canada?

This lecture took place in English with simultaneous interpretation into French.