It's not just about being "for the people," it's also about naming the people's enemies.
In electing Jason Kenney and his United Conservative Party, Albertans have given themselves a fake populist government, one that is working on behalf of powerful oil interests rather than the people.
In his latest Upstream Radio Plan B podcast, host Ralph Benmergui examines the polarizing nature of populist politics.
As migration and displacement of people worldwide have increased, so has media coverage, not all positive.
Pollster Michael Adams' new book predicts that Trumpism and Brexit divisions are unlikely to sprout in Canada.
At its worst, populism exploits weaknesses in democracy, playing off tensions within society. At its best, it could produce increased democratic inclusion and provide a platform for everyday people.
Elsewhere in the world, right-wing populism is having a moment. But in Canada, you can't do outright denial or ridicule, à la Trump or Bolsonaro.
Populism is clearly the zeitgeist of our time. It's just a question of whose version.
We need a true vision of social solidarity and economic justice that can sustain our shared humanity and planet. Keynote speaker Maude Barlow will speak at the seventh annual Tommy Douglas Institute.
Focusing on the symptom fails to identify the culprit. It fails to identify why Canadian workers and families are struggling economically, even when the economy is actually growing.