Progress Summit 2017: Social Democracy as a way forward?

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In recent years, populist movements have displaced traditional politics. As a byproduct of populism, the United Kingdom voted on a referendum to leave the European Union based on a message of anti-immigration and protectionism. The French presidential election saw two non-establishment candidates fight to reverse an economic slump plaguing one of the EU’s primary economies. Even in North America, the election of Donald Trump in the United States spawned similar sentiments from leadership candidates for the Conservative Party of Canada.

On the first weekend in April, Ottawa, Ontario was host to the Broadbent Institute’s 2017 Progress Summit. One such panel discussed social democracy and whether it is the way forward amidst a swell of populism. On the panel was Desmond Cole, Frédérick Guillaume Dufour, Ania Skrzpek, and Ed Broadbent. The panel was moderated by Tom Parkin.

Ed Broadbent is a former leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada, and the Chair of the Broadbent Institute. Desmond Cole is a freelance journalist and activist based in Toronto. Frédérick Guillaume Dufour is a professor of sociology at the Université du Quebec a Montreal. Ania Skrzypek is senior research fellow for the Foundation for European Progressive Studies. Moderator Tom Parkin is a national politics columnist with Postmedia.

Thanks to the Broadbent Institute for making these available to, and to Stephen Staples for recording them for us.  

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