Trump's Controversial Former Strategist Steve Bannon Is Coming To Canada This Friday And People Are Split About It - 2019-10-30
Steve Bannon—known for his popularization of the alt-right—is to defend populism this week at a Toronto debate against conservative commentator, and former speechwriter for George W. Bush, David Frum. But in light of the Pittsburg synagogue shooting last weekend, Torontonians are beginning to question if inviting Donald Trump's former political chief strategist for a debate now is such a good idea.
The Munk Debates entitled "The rise of populism" will take place in Toronto's Roy Thompson Hall this November 2nd. Bannon and Frum will respectively argue for and against the motion: Be it resolved, the future of western politics is populist, not liberal.
The federal NDP is pushing to cancel the event altogether out of respect for the victims of Saturday's tragedy. NDP MP Charlie Angus told the CBC he believed Bannon's extreme views only serve to feed social divisions and create climates where Jewish and Muslim communities feel attacked.