Since 2014, the iVote-jeVote stage has hosted prominent Canadian practitioners, politicians and academics from across the political spectrum to debate Canadian policy.

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The Next Generation of Political Engagement
December 17, 2017
Keynote Jagmeet Singh

In a town hall-style discussion with students, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh speaks about the next generation of political engagement and how his leadership campaign broke the mould.


Youth and Political Engagement
April 16, 2016
Keynote Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau

As the Minister for Youth, Prime Minister Trudeau visits the University of Ottawa to host a forum on youth affairs with students.  

Electoral Reform
April 14, 2016
Keynote Hon. Maryam Monsef

In its first Speech from the Throne, the Liberal Government promised consultations on electoral reform to make the 2015 federal election the last under the first-past-the-post system. Panelists discuss the principles of electoral reform.


Health Care Funding and Sustainability in Canada
September 23, 2015
Keynote Hon. Roy Romanow

Panelists discuss the state of Canada's health care system, how the system can be adjusted or redesigned to maximize its outcomes, and the most critical issues facing the system that should be addressed by the next government.

The State of the Canadian Economy
September 22, 2015
Keynote Hon. Tom Mulcair

Economists address factors such as macroeconomic stability, productivity and innovation, and income growth and disparities and debate which economic policy options should be adopted by the next Canadian government to promote economic stability and improve economic performance. 

Science, Public Policy and Decision Making
September 21, 2015
Keynote David Suzuki

Panelists discuss and debate how science and evidence should be applied in public policy and decision-making, and whether access and transparency in government scientific evidence has changed. 

The Politics of the Environment
May 6, 2015
Keynote Hon. Tom Mulcair

The environment occupies significant space and attention in political spheres. Reconciling competing interests and narratives on the severity of the world’s ecological systems, like its water and air, can appear complex and challenging. Can environmental sustainability be reconciled with political interests and economic realities? 

Politics, Public Policy and Infrastructure: Challenges and Opportunities
September 16, 2015
Keynote Mayor Naheed Nenshi

A panel discussion on infrastructure and municipal affairs as it relates to the 2015 Federal Election. A researchers panel frames the discussion by analyzing and debating the key issues surrounding public infrastructure in Canada.

Women in Politics
March 5, 2015
Keynote Hon. Kathleen Wynne

A panel of expert academics and practitioners debate the levers for women in politics and how they can be used, including: the importance of grassroots pressure; reform of the nomination process; Aboriginal women’s leadership; and media and voting behavior.


Constructive Dissent: A relic of Canada’s Parliamentary Past?
November 25, 2014
Nik Nanos, Hon. Michael Chong, Craig Scott, Hon. Stéphane Dion, Manon Cornellier and Stephen Maher

Is constructive dissent in caucuses and in parliamentary debate necessary for a healthy democracy?  If so, how can such dissent be fostered within the current system? 

Youth and Political Engagement
March 25, 2014
Hon. Michael Chong, Hon. Justin Trudeau, Hon. Tom Mulcair and Elizabeth May

Federal political leaders discuss how to motivate more youth participation in politics.