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CIC Vancouver: The Scourge of Populism and Why it Could Happen Here

November 29, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm PST


Jon Allen served as Canada’s Ambassador to Spain from 2010-16 where he witnessed a surge in right wing populism in Italy, France, the Netherlands and Austria, and its left wing manifestation in Greece and Spain. He explores some of the events leading to these developments as well as the Brexit vote in the UK and the election of Donald Trump. He will discuss the impact of populism on the US mid-term elections, and conclude by suggesting why he believes such attacks on liberal democracy could well happen here in Canada. Born in Winnipeg in 1950, Jon Allen (LL.B., University of Western Ontario, 1976; LL.M., International Law, University of London School of Economics, 1977) joined the then Department of External Affairs in 1981.

In addition to postings abroad in Mexico City (1983-85), New Delhi (1989-92) and Washington (1997-2001), Mr. Allen spent his early career in the Legal Bureau of the Department representing Canada in disputes under the Canada-US Free Trade Agreement and working in the areas of human rights, humanitarian and environmental law.

Mr. Allen also held the positions of Director General, North America Bureau (2001-2004), Minister (Political Affairs) at the Embassy of Canada in Washington (2004-2006) and Assistant Deputy Minister, Americas (2010-2012).

From 2006 to 2010, he was Ambassador of Canada to Israel. From 2012 to 2016 he was Ambassador to Spain and Andorra. From December 2012 to July 2014, he was Chargé d’affaires a.i. to the Holy See.

Mr. Allen is currently a Diplomat in Residence at Fulbright Canada, a Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto and a Senior Fellow of the Canada International Council.

He is married to Clara Hirsch. They have two sons, Jake and AJ and a precious granddaughter, Olive.


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CIC Member Price: $7.00
CIC Student Member Price: Free
Non-Member Price: $15.00

Contact person: Brett Shearing – brettshearing56@gmail.com


November 29, 2018
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm PST
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