What place does populism have in the current election campaign? - 2019-09-17
The recent Twitter attacks by Maxime Bernier, leader of the People's Party of Canada, on young Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg illustrate the important role populist tactics will play in this federal election.
Bernier used populist rhetoric and presented himself as the defender of those who are tired of being told that the planet is suffering in his attacks on Thunberg.
Canada isn't immune to the resurgence of this new version of populism. It's spread to Europe and the United States. Populism is part of a general trend that encourages the growth of populist discourse and personalities that can capture feelings of resentment and frustration from people who feel overwhelmed by economic and social transformation.