Comparing Social Policy Responses to COVID-19 in Canada and the United States


Zoom, CA


Daniel Beland
James McGill Professor of Political Science, McGill University and Director of MISC

Shannon Dinan
Assistant Professor of Politics and International Studies, Bishop's University

Alex Waddan
Associate Professor of American Politics and American Foreign Policy, University of Leicester

As the COVID-19 crisis unfolded, the Canadian and US governments both enacted temporary measures to mitigate the unprecedented consequences of the global pandemic, but the United States’ tepid public-health response has created a stark divide between the two countries. A close look reveals some startling differences in how social policy was used to ensure health and economic security. This event will explore how both countries responded to the COVID-19 crisis, and what growing social policy divide means for the future.

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