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A newsletter from one of our fellow Canadian organizations in the Bay Area.

Canadian Studies Announcements

In This Issue:

Upcoming Events

  • “The Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Vote in a More Tolerant Canada”

External Events

  • Friends of Canada Reception
  • Canadian Heritage Night: Habs vs. Sharks
  • “Converging Empires – Pacific Histories of the West”


If you require an accommodation to fully participate in an event, please let us know at least 10 days in advance.

The Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Vote in a More Tolerant Canada

Wed., March 15 | 12:30 pm PT | 223 Philosophy | RSVP

Research on the political preferences of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) voters shows that they are more progressive than heterosexuals. However, few studies consider differences between heterosexual, gay/lesbian, and bisexual men and women. Furthermore, little is known about how these preferences have changed as society has become more accepting of diverse sexualities.

This presentation analyzes original research on Canadian LGB voters’ political preferences a decade and a half after same-sex marriage was legalized. Consistent with prior research, gay men, and, to a lesser extent, bisexual men, are more left-wing than heterosexual men. A more novel finding is that bisexual women are the most left-wing group. Lesbian women are only slightly to the left of heterosexual women. While left-wing bisexual women are growing in number, the overall gap between LGB and heterosexual voters has remained stable across generations, because marriage narrows some of the preference gaps.

About the Speaker

Dr. Eric Guntermann is a John A. Sproul Research Fellow in the Canadian Studies Program, and a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science at UC Berkeley. His research focuses on the representation of citizens’ preferences by governments, as well as public attitudes towards political parties and related voting behaviour.

Dr. Edana Beauvais is an assistant professor of political science at Simon Fraser University. Her research explores how inequalities shape communication and action, producing unequal political influence between different social group members.


Friends of Canada Reception

Wednesday, Feb. 22 | 5:00 pm | Sacramento, CA | RSVP

The Consulate General of Canada in California is hosting a reception at the California Museum in Sacramento to celebrate the rich relationship between California and Canada. Please join them for networking, drinks, and appetizers. Attendees can enter a drawing to win two Economy Class roundtrip tickets for travel to any Air Canada scheduled destination in North America!

Canadian Heritage Night: Habs vs. Sharks

Tuesday, Feb. 28 | 5:30 pm | San José, CA | Buy tickets

The Digital Moose Lounge and Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco and Silicon Valley invite you to join them for a special Canadian Heritage Game Night! Get your hockey gear ready as the San Jose Sharks face off against the Montreal Canadiens. Tickets get you VIP access plus seating in a dedicated Canadian zone. Don’t miss this fun, family-friendly event!

Converging Empires – Pacific Histories of the West

On-demand | Online | Listen here

Last week, historian Andrea Geiger gave a virtual presentation at the University of Southern California on her recent book Converging Empires: Citizens and Subjects in the North Pacific Borderlands, 1867-1945. The book examines how inhabitants of the Pacific Northwest, particularly Indigenous people and Japanese immigrants, navigated a complex web of boundaries and identities. Professor Geiger is joined in conversation by Dr. Elizabeth Logan, associate director of the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West.

Dr. Geiger is a professor emerita of history at Simon Fraser University. She gave a presentation on this book to Canadian Studies at Berkeley last semester. For those who were unable to attend her event, or are interested in learning more, we highly recommend listening to this recorded conversation.

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