UCL Institute of the Americas


Québec General Election of October 2018: a panel discussion

15 October 2018, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

Quebec General Election 2018 panel discussion

This event is free.

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Lecture Room 103
UCL Institute of the Americas
51 Gordon Square
United Kingdom

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The UCL Institute of the Americas is delighted to host an international panel of experts who will discuss the 2018 Quebec election campaign, its outcome and its implications for both Quebec and Canada as a whole. The Quebec general election taking place on Monday 1 October looks as though it could result in a realignment in Quebec politics as the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) led by Francois Legault is running ahead of the ruling Quebec Liberal Party (QLP) in the opinion polls. The Parti Québécois (PQ) is currently some way behind, followed by Québec Solidaire (QS). The QLP led by the current premier Philippe Couillard has 68 seats in the National Assembly, the PQ led by Jean-Francois Lisée has 28 seats, CAQ has 21 and QS led by Manon Massé has 3. If the CAQ maintains its lead in the opinion polls and forms a government it will be quite a departure in Quebec politics. Key issues include the economy and immigration and the TV debates may well play an important part in the eventual result.

About the Speakers

James Kennedy

Director of the Canadian Studies Centre at Edinburgh University and the current President of the British Association for Canadian Studies.

Christopher Kirkey

Professor of Political Science and Director of the Centre for the Study of Canada and the Institute on Quebec Studies at the State University of New York (Plattsburgh).

Jocelyn Létourneau

Professor in the History of Contemporary Quebec at Laval University and a former Visiting Fellow at the UCL Institute of Education

Tony McCulloch (chair)

Senior Fellow in North American Studies and the director of the Canadian Studies programme at the UCL Institute of the Americas.