Federal election campaigns hit us with a tornado of headlines, political ads, social media posts and polls. Policy Options, in partnership with the Max Bell School of Public Policy, invites you to take a breather from the noise and join us for a series of substantive conversations about how the 2019 campaign is unfolding. All events will take place from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. at the Rideau Club, 99 Bank Street, 15th floor, Ottawa. Tickets are $50 per event or $125 for the series. For more information, please contact Suzanne Lambert at (514) 787-0746 or email@example.com.
Emerging policy themes
September 25, 2019
Canada’s federal parties have begun to share their main policy proposals. The leaders – and third-party players, too – will be trying to shape the narrative of the campaign, pushing certain themes and messages that they hope will resonate with voters. Our panel of experts will take an analytical look at the policy issues that have been highlighted on the hustings, and evaluate the quality of the debate during this 43rd general election.
Mike De Souza is an investigative producer with Global News. He has covered politics and the energy industry for more than 15 years for several media outlets including the Montreal Gazette, National Observer and Postmedia Network Inc. He is the 2017 winner of a Canadian Association of Journalism award for excellence in online investigative reporting, and received a citation of merit from the Michener Foundation for meritorious and unbiased public service journalism that same year.
Tasha Kheiriddin is founder and CEO of Ellipsum Communications. She is also a columnist at GlobalNews.ca and does political and current-affairs commentary on Global, CBC News Network and Radio Canada. She is a public speaker and moderator who has worked as a producer with CBC Newsworld and been an award-winning host-producer at the Cable Public Affairs Channel. Tasha has been a host with CTV NewsChannel, with her own radio talk shows at NewsTalk 1010 and Global News Radio in Toronto. She has served on the editorial board of the National Post and been a columnist there and at ipolitics.ca.
Jennifer Robson is an associate professor at Carleton University’s Clayton H. Riddell Graduate Program in Political Management. Prior to joining Carleton, she worked in the federal public service, in the voluntary sector and as a political advisor. In 2016, Jennifer served as a member of an Advisory Panel on Tax Expenditures to the Minister of Finance and was a member of the National Research Committee on Financial Literacy for the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada from 2015 to 2018.
Jennifer Ditchburn is the editor-in-chief of Policy Options, the IRPP’s influential digital magazine. An award-winning journalist, she spent more than two decades covering national and parliamentary affairs for The Canadian Press and for CBC Television. She is a three-time winner of a National Newspaper Award and the recipient of the prestigious Charles Lynch Award for outstanding coverage of national issues. She is the coeditor (with Graham Fox) of The Harper Factor: Assessing a Prime Minister’s Policy Legacy (2016).