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Public Opinion and Polling: Is Western alienation for real?

with Janet Brown, Pollster and Political Commentator
Date & time

Friday, February 14, 2020
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Speaker(s)

Janet Brown
Pollster and Political Commentator

Cost

Participants must register to attend: Register here

Contact

WSSR Coordinator
514-848-2424 x5473

Where

Henry F. Hall Building
1455 De Maisonneuve W.

Wheelchair accessible

Yes

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In spring 2019, Alberta experienced the second change in government in just as many elections—something that has never happened before in its history. Later that fall, Albertans shut the federal Liberals out of the province, even as the Liberals won a minority government. Today, there is increased talk of western alienation—a term that has not been in widespread use since the 1990s—and the separatist “Wexit Party” has just registered with Elections Canada. How did we get to this point, and what does this mean for Alberta’s relations with other provinces and the federal government going into the future?

Using publicly-available survey data and her own proprietary database of polls, Ms. Brown will provide an in-depth understanding of the following:

  • How the NDP were able to defeat the Progressive Conservatives in 2015, after 44 years in power,
  • How the UCP were able to defeat the NDP despite the popularity of NDP premier Rachel Notley and a string of controversies in the UCP campaign,
  • The current values and attitudes of Albertans, and whether traditional stereotypes still hold,
  • The nature of “conservatism” in Alberta, and
  • Regional alienation and the Wexit separatist movement.

Ms. Brown will also discuss the performance of polls and lessons for interpreting polls in Canada.




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