There is no denying it any longer, even if the establishment in academia, media and government itself keeps on trying. Populism is alive and growing in Canada. Not all versions of populism are the same as history shows us. Some versions have had positive results but those historical legacies are not what we are seeing across the world in the so-called "liberal democracies". This 21st century trend leans toward "Ordered Populism" which feeds on authoritarianism and a moral certainty that appeals to base emotions rather than evidence and logic. History shows the end results from such ideologies is not something to attain to.
Canada is not magically immune to this dangerous trend despite the statements of derision and denial from those with platforms capable of having a real impact in media and punditry. Populism is here, it is growing in appeal and it will effect this fall's Federal Election in a way we have not seen before. When you look at the work of Public Policy and Polling firms, there is a clear indication of what is moving the needle and the speed is increasing.
Frank Graves is the founder and President of EKOS Research Inc., which began their opinion research and polling on the spectrum of policy, attitudes and trends in 1980. Their work has been solicted and used by the public and private sectors, from Prime Minister's Offices, to Ambassadors foreign and domestic, to corporations seeking insight on products and attitudes, to organizations seeking to make an impact in their field. Mr. Graves has been widely published and has lectured at such institutions as the Rotman School of Business, the Kennedy School at Harvard, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and numerous Canadian universities.
The View Up Here welcomes Frank Graves to inform and comment on the inevitable new reality of Organized Populism in Canadian society, specifically and as a whole.