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Political Scientists to Address Canada’s ‘Democratic Deficit’

April 1, 2011 6:58 AM | News

The University of Manitoba is bringing three of the country’s leading political scientists to the city this weekend to engage and inform Winnipeggers about the upcoming federal and provincial elections.

Citizens have generally shown a disinterest in going to the polls on May 2 and October 4, or lack of knowledge to make an informed decision when choosing a particular political party.

A public forum to address Canada’s “democratic deficit” will take place on Sunday, April 3.

Professors Loleen Berdahl from the University of Saskatchewan, Elisabeth Gidengil from McGill University, and Mebs Kanji from Concordia University will discuss how Canadians’ expectations of democracy seem out-of-sync with those of today’s politicians.

The forum will begin at 4 p.m. in centre court at Kildonan Place Shopping Centre. Admission is free.