The Leap vs the Elite: Progressive Populism in the Age of Trump and Trudeau

February 22, 2017

Martin Lukacs

Wednesday, February 22, 10:00AM–12:00PM, Room 2050, SFU Harbour Centre

Co-sponsored by SFU's Institute for the Humanities

NOTE: This workshop is by invitation. Please contact insthum@sfu.ca if you are interested in participating.

One thing is now clear: the future is radical. Whether it will be defined by climate chaos, spiralling inequality and surging racism, or a justice-based transition toward a society based on care for the planet and each other, is up to us.

In 2015, a broad coalition launched the Leap Manifesto, a vision for how Canada could get off fossil fuels while making the country far more fair and humane. It argued that the only way we can address the climate crisis is by simultaneously fighting for economic equality, racial and gender justice, and Indigenous rights. This kind of silo-busting people's agenda is the best answer to the centrist neoliberalism of Justin Trudeau or the US Democrats, as well as the right-wing populism that has grown in their shadow.

So how do we build this intersectional left populism in Canada? What's next for the Leap?

A presentation and conversation with Martin Lukacs, one of the authors and organizers of The Leap Manifesto. Martin is a journalist who writes for the Guardian and an organizer involved in movements for social and ecological justice.