Trump vs. Biden: What does this election mean for US-Canada relations?

An item from a fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.

Canadian Studies Announcements
In this issue:
  • Special election message from Program Director Bloemraad
  • Special event: What will the US election mean for US-Canada relations?
  • In the news: Polls are unreliable, but faculty affiliate Gabe Lenz says that’s OK
  • Virtual poppy campaign to support Canadian veterans
  • Affiliate event: Recruitment for Policy Leaders (RPL) Program Info Session
  • Affiliate event: Remembrance Day observances
Special Election Edition Newsletter
Tomorrow, November 3, US citizens will go to the polls to elect the country’s next president. Canadian Studies strongly encourages all eligible voters to exercise their rights, and cast their vote to determine the course of the country’s future. In these unprecedented and contentious times, it’s more important than ever for all citizens to make their voices heard. And for those who have already voted, we encourage you to reach out to your friends and acquaintances and make sure they’ve voted as well.
Voting deadlines and regulations vary by state, so make sure to check your eligibility requirements here before voting.
After voting, we encourage you to join us in two weeks for our last colloquium of the semester: a special binational post-election panel analyzing the final outcome, and what it means for America’s relations with its northern neighbors going forward.
Irene Bloemraad
Program Director
Special Election Event
What the US Election Means for US-Canada Relations
Round table | November 17 | 12:30 p.m. | Online | RSVP here
Tomorrow, US voters will decide whether Donald Trump or Joe Biden will set the agenda for the next four years in American politics. What would a Biden presidency or a second Trump term mean for the future of US-Canada relations? On November 17, Canadian Studies will host a special roundtable discussing the outcome of the US elections for bilateral relations and their impact on Canada.
Panelists will be Frédérick Gagnon, a professor of political science at the Université du Québec à Montréal and a past Fulbright Chair and Sproul Fellow in the Canadian Studies Program; and Christopher Sands, director of the Canada Institute at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. and a Canadian Studies board member. The discussion will be moderated by Canadian Studies director Irene Bloemraad.
An RSVP is required to attend this meeting. Please RSVP through Zoom here. If you have any questions, please email us at
In the News
New UC Berkeley Study: Election Polls Only Right 60% of the Time. Faculty Affiliate Gabriel Lenz Says That’s OK.
Canadian Studies faculty affiliate Gabriel Lenz, a professor of political science, was recently interviewed by California Magazine about a new UC Berkeley study that’s unlikely to calm anyone’s election anxiety. The study, led by Berkeley Haas professor Don Moore, found that only 60% of the 1,400 historical polls surveyed contained the actual outcome.
That’s not surprising to Professor Lenz, a specialist in American political behavior and public opinion. Nevertheless, he argues polls still have value, whether in helping determine which issues are most important to voters or pointing out signs of electoral fraud if the final results differ too widely. Still, Lenz says that compulsively checking polls isn’t a good use of anyone’s time: instead, he recommends political junkies get their fix more productively, and “try to get other people to vote to increase overall turnout.”
A Virtual Poppy Campaign to Support Canadian Veterans
Like much else, the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted this year’s Remembrance Day ceremonies and our ability to distribute the traditional red poppy that shows support for Canada’s veterans. However, the Royal Canadian Legion, US Branch 25 invites you to share your solidarity with Canadians throughout the Bay Area by joining in a virtual poppy campaign. Simply post a picture of yourself wearing a poppy to social media between now and November 11, using the hashtag #BayAreaPoppy. If you do not have a poppy, please visit the Royal Canadian Legion’s website to request one.
Upcoming Events
Affiliate Event: Government of Canada Recruitment for Policy Leaders (RPL) Program Virtual Information Session
Nov. 4 | 1:30 PM PT (4:30 PM ET) | Online | RSVP here
For Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Want to drive innovation and economic growth in the new digital economy? Build on Canada’s leadership on the environment and climate change? Develop creative solutions to the social policy issues of the day? These are just a few of the areas where Recruitment of Policy Leaders participants are making a difference. A unique and challenging public sector career is calling. Are you ready? Become a policy leader. The Recruitment of Policy Leaders program recruits accomplished Canadians with the potential to lead positive change and make significant contributions to the federal public service. The program forms a pool of stellar recruits, ready for hiring in a variety of mid- to senior-level policy positions across the federal government.
The event will feature Audri Mukhopadhyay, Executive Fellow, Global Affairs Canada, Global Fellow, Canada Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and RPL alumnus. It will be moderated by Professor Christopher Sands, director of Center for Canadian Studies at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced Studies (SAIS), and director of the Canada Institute at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
This event is sponsored by the Center for Canadian Studies and SAIS Global Careers at Johns Hopkins University SAIS. RSVP or questions:
External Event: Annual Veterans Day Observance and Evensong
Nov. 8 | 4:00 PM PT | Online
All are invited to join in person or online for the Annual Veterans Day Observance and Evensong hosted by Holy Trinity Episcopal Church of Covina. The event will be streamed on the Facebook group of the Friends of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church of Covina. Be sure to request to join the group by the end of the day on Friday, November 6.
Affiliate Event: Virtual Remembrance Day Service
Nov. 11 | 10:45 AM PT | Online | RSVP here
Join US Branch #25 of the Royal Canadian Legion, along with their comrades from other branches in the International Western USA Zone, as they present a socially distanced, virtual Remembrance Day Service from Liberty Cemetery in Petaluma, Greenlawn Cemetery in Colma, and Inglewood Park Cemetery in Inglewood Park.
Canadian Studies Program
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