Trends and New Directions in Canadian Political Behaviour: A Symposium in Honour of Elisabeth Gidengil


November 30-December 1, 2017

Faculty Club, McGill University


4:15                Words of Welcome

4:30-6:00        Panel 1: Gender and Diversity in Canadian Elections

Chair: Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant (Queens University)

  • Melanee Thomas (University of Calgary), Philip Chen (University of Calgary), Allison Harell (Université du Québec à Montréal) and Tania Gosselin (Université du Québec à Montréal)  “Gender Mediation, Character, and Competence: Comparing News Coverage of Heads of Government in the Canadian Provinces”
  • Angelia Wagner (University of Alberta) “Harsh Spotlight: Aversion to Public Scrutiny Dampening the Political Ambitions of Women and Minorities in Canada”
  • Joanna Everitt (University of New Brunswick) and Tracey Raney (Ryerson University) “Winning as a Woman/Winning as a Lesbian: Voter Attitudes towards Kathleen Wynne in the 2014 Ontario Election”
  • Erin Tolley (University of Toronto) “Diversifying the Political Pipeline: The Recruitment of Women and Minority Candidates in Canadian Politics”                  

6:00                 Keynote

Introduction by Allison Harell (Université du Québec à Montréal)

Susan Banducci, University of Exeter: “Twice as Hard, Half as Good? Reconciling Gendered Voting and Women’s Electoral Success”

7:00-8:00        Words of welcome and reception 


9:00                Opening Remarks

Program Committee/Former Students

9:15-10:30      Panel 2: Parties and Partisans

Chair: Melanee Thomas (University of Calgary)

  • Bill Cross (Carleton University) “Sore Losers: The costs of Intra party democracy?”
  • Ben Ferland (Université d’Ottawa) “Party Responsiveness to Public Opinion and Party Supporters: Revisiting the Mechanisms”
  • Cameron Anderson (University of Western Ontario) and Laura Stephenson (University of Western Ontario) “Look Who’s Talking:  Political Discussion Networks in Canada”

10:30-10:45    Coffee Break

10:45-12:00    Panel 3: Understanding the Canadian Elector

Chair: Jason Roy (Wilfred Laurier)

  • Allison Harell (Université du Québec à Montréal) and Dietlind Stolle (McGill University) “Views on Outgroups and Multiculturalism in Canada across Elections”
  • Éric Bélanger (McGill University), Valérie-Anne Mahéo (Université de Montréal) and Laura Stephenson (University of Western Ontario) “Values, Polarization and Generational Change in Canadian Elections”
  • Gabriel Bento Madeira (University of São Paulo), Scott Matthews (Memorial University) and Mark Pickup (Simon Fraser University) “Biased Economic Perception across Elections”

12:00-1:00      Lunch

1:00-2:15        Panel 4: Media and Politics

Chair: Cameron Anderson (University of Western Ontario)

  • Stuart Soroka (University of Michigan) and Richard Johnston (University of British Columbia) “The Increasingly Negative and Emotional Campaign”
  • Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant (Queen’s University) “News Media, Political Merit, and Diversity”
  • Jason Roy (Wilfrid Laurier University), Patrick Fournier (Université de Montréal) and Shane Singh (University of Georgia) “The Heterogeneous Impact of Poll Exposure?”

2:15-2:30        Coffee Break

2:30-4:00        Roundtable: A Career Retrospective in Honour of Elisabeth Gidengil

Moderated by Dietlind Stolle, Director of the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship

  • Dick Johnston, University of British Columbia
  • Brenda O’Neill, University of Calgary
  • Miriam Lapp, Elections Canada
  • André Blais, Université de Montréal

4:00-4:30        Closing

Download the program (pdf)

This symposium is made possible thanks to a Connection grant of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and financial support of the Canadian Opinion Research Archive, the Faculty of Arts at McGill University, and the Department of Political Science at McGill University.