The Rob Ford Phenomenon: What’s going on in Toronto?

May 16, 2014 // 10:00am11:00am

Canadians and Americans look at the Rob Ford saga with a mix of amusement, curiosity, and horror. How did Ford become mayor of a sophisticated and progressive city like Toronto in the first place? And why does he continue to keep the support of a significant portion of the voting public?

Please join the Wilson Center’s Canada Institute and Public Policy Scholar Dr. Anne Golden to discuss the unique circumstances that brought about the political rise of Rob Ford and explain his ongoing appeal. 

6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
Event Speakers List: 
  • Anne Golden // Public Policy Scholar
    Former President and CEO, The Conference Board of Canada
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    Event Documents: 
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    Event Sessions: 

    David Biette, Director, Wilson Center’s Canada Institute (0:00-4:01)

    Anne Golden, Public Policy Scholar, Wilson Center  (4:01-40:37)

    Questions and Answers Session (40:43-57:40)

    David Biette (57:41-58:07)

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    Event Resources: 

    From the Canadian Press, Alexander Panetta provides an overview of the event and offers some commentary from Canada Institute Director David Biette.

    The Globe and Mail's Paul Koring reviews Wilson Center scholar Anne Golden's presentation and suggests that even though Rob Ford has gained notoriety outside of Canada, Justin Bieber continues to be the "Canadian whose behaviour gets the most attention south of the border." 

    Mitch Potter of The Star (Toronto) discusses Anne Golden's presentation, noting that the hour-long event offered the first opportunity to look at the "saga" with a "scholarly gaze". 

    Preston Manning in The Globe and Mail on "How to make city's mayors 'responsible'"

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