Expert: Perspectives on the 2019 Federal Elections


Panel organized by the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada
Published: 7Oct2019

The federal election is in less than two weeks and recent poll results show that 1 in 10 Canadians are still undecided about who will get their vote. Meanwhile discussions about the possibility of a minority government are on the rise. As a result, the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada has decided to organize a panel discussion on a range of election topics, including “undecided” voters and their impact on the results of the elections, measuring undecidedness, voter polarization and gender and politics.

All speakers will be available for interviews after the panel has concluded at 6:30 pm or by appointment prior to the day of the panel. To book an interview please contact: petros.psarudis [at]

WHAT: Perspectives on the 2019 Federal Elections / Perspectives sur les élections fédérales de 2019

WHEN: October 15, 2019, 5:00-6:30 pm

WHERE: McGill Faculty Club (3450 McTavish St.)

The event will be live streamed at:

Speakers and topics include:

Claire Durand is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at Université de Montréal.

Her main research interests pertain to survey methodology, and more specifically, the impact of methods on the capacity to estimate election results.

claire.durand [at] (English & French)


Allison Harell, holds the UQÀM Strategic Research Chair in the Political Psychology of Social Solidarity and co-directs the new Consortium on Electoral Democracy. She is also a fellow at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) and a member of the College of the Royal Society of Canada.

harell.allison [at] (English & French)


Melanee Thomas, Eakin Fellow, McGill University

She researches the causes and consequences of gender-based political inequality, with a particular focus on political attitudes and behaviour. Her current projects include an exploration of the effects of gender, socialization, and psychological orientations to politics. She is also examining the role electoral districts play in voter turnout, party competition, and representational diversity.

melanee.thomas [at] (English)


Marc-André Bodet is an Associate Professor at Université Laval.

He specializes in Quebec and Canadian politics from a comparative perspective and is currently collaborating on research on the role of citizens in responsible and responsive democracies.

marcandre.bodet [at] pol.ulaval (English & French)



Antonia Maioni is Dean of the Faculty of Arts at McGill University. Her areas of interest include comparative politics and the Canadian political process.


About McGill University

Founded in Montreal, Que., in 1821, McGill is Canada’s leading post-secondary institution. It has two campuses, 11 faculties, 11 professional schools, 300 programs of study and some 38,000 students, including 8,800 graduate students. McGill attracts students from over 150 countries around the world, with more than 7,700 international students making up 20 per cent of the student body. Almost half of McGill students claim a first language other than English, including more than 6,700 francophones.



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