UCL Institute of the Americas


Quebec elections of 3 October 2022 - a panel discussion

18 October 2022, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

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The Canadian Studies programme of the UCL Institute of the Americas will be taking place once a month online, on Tuesday evenings from 6.00pm to 7.30pm (UK time).

This event is free.

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Our first event consists of a panel discussion on the Quebec elections that took place on Monday 3 October. 

François Legault, the Premier of Quebec, and his party, Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ), increased their number of seats in the 125-seat Quebec National Assembly from 74 at the time of the last election in October 2018 to 90 in October 2022. The Quebec Liberals, led by Dominique Anglade, saw their number of seats decrease from 31 in 2018 to 21, while Québec Solidaire increased from 10 to 11 seats and the Parti Québécois fell from 10 seats to only 3. 

Why did François Legault and the CAQ (Coalition Avenir Québec) party triumph in the elections and what does their victory mean for Quebec and the rest of Canada?

A panel of distinguished speakers based in Quebec, the UK and the US will discuss the outcome of the Quebec election of 3 October 2022, followed by a Q/A session with members of the online audience. 

The panel includes Dr James Kennedy (Edinburgh University), Professor Christopher Kirkey (SUNY Plattsburgh) and Professor Jocelyn Létourneau (Laval University). The event is chaired by Dr Tony McCulloch (UCL Institute of the Americas). 

Tickets are free but registration via Eventbrite is required in order to be sent the Zoom link to the event.

About the Speakers

Professor Christopher Kirkey

Director at Center for the Study of Canada and Institute on Québec Studies at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh

Professor Kirkey is a scholar of comparative foreign policy and international relations theory. His recent works include a second edition (co-edited with Gervais and Rudy) of Québec Questions: Québec Studies in the Twenty-First Century (Oxford University Press, 2016). He is co-editor of the Journal of Eastern Townships Studies, serves as special counsel to the President of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, and is a member of the Fulbright National Student Screening Committee and the Fulbright Scholar Program on Canada for Research Chairs.

Dr James Kennedy

Director / Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Canadian Studies Centre at Edinburgh University

Dr Kennedy's research interests lie broadly in comparative/historical sociology and political sociology, especially the sociology of nationalism. He has undertaken research in the sociological underpinnings affecting the character of nationalism in Scotland and Québec. He has also undertaken research, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, with Liliana Riga, exploring the influence of American understandings of race and ethnicity on post-war settlements in East Central Europe through the 20th century. He has published widely in his field and is currently the Past President of the British Association for Canadian Studies.

Dr Jocelyn Létourneau

Jocelyn Létourneau is an award-winning author and recipient of research grants exceeding $10 million since the beginning of his career. He pursues research in three main areas: the construction of collective identities; the public and political uses of history; and the formation of historical consciousness among young people. He is a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, NJ), of the Collegium de Lyon (twice), and of the Zentrum für Interdisziplinäre Forschung of the University of Bielefeld (Germany). He has been a Fulbright scholar at UC Berkeley and Stanford University, as well as at Yale University where he held the Canada Fulbright Chair in International and Area Studies in 2019-2020.

Dr Tony McCulloch

Associate Professor in North American Studies and the Canadian Studies Programme Director at UCL Institute of the Americas

Dr McCulloch is the current President of BACS (British Association for Canadian Studies), a member of the editorial board of the British Journal of Canadian Studies, published by Liverpool University Press, and the editor of the London Journal of Canadian Studies, published by UCL Press. His most recent work is Tacit Alliance: Franklin Roosevelt and the Anglo-American Special Relationship Before Churchill, 1937-1939 (Edinburgh University Press, 2022).

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