2021 Election: Policy Promises, Candidates, and Challenges

Thursday September 16, 2021
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Canada’s 2021 Federal Election Webinar Series

Canadians are returning to the polls less than two years after the most recent federal election. And what a time it has been! A minority government, party leadership change, and most significantly, the COVID-19 pandemic, all marked the short life of the 43rd Parliament. Canadians vote (or mail in their COVID-safe ballots) on September 20th to elect the 44th Parliament and pass judgment on the Liberal government’s most recent stint in office.

This is not the first pandemic election in Canada, several provinces have gone through the exercise, re-electing governments in the midst of earlier waves.  Will Canadians reward the government’s pandemic performance and grant the Liberals the majority government they seek, keep them a minority government, or change government altogether? A comfortable government lead in the polls seems to be ebbing away and Canadians are seeking answers on questions like climate change, the post-pandemic recovery, housing, the opioid crisis, health care and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. Join us for a series of panels commenting on campaign issues and dynamics and evaluating the results of September 20th.

In this webinar, panelists will discuss policy issues, candidate diversity –what it’s looked like over time and why it matters, and delve into the challenges posed for a range of actors (like researchers, parties, Elections Canada) by holding a snap election.


  • Prof. Carey Doberstein, Department of Political Science, UBC
  • Prof. Melanee Thomas, Department of Political Science, University of Calgary
  • Prof. Elizabeth Baisley, Department of Political Studies, Queens University

Moderator: Prof. Gerald Baier, Department of Political Science; Acting Director, The Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions, the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs

Hosted by: The Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions, the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and the Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia