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Trent University Experts Available for Interviews

As the Canadian election unfolds, Trent University faculty are available for expert commentary on the following key issues:

The Economy and Auto Industry Tailspin
Understanding the broader economic challenges facing Canada’s next government especially as the auto sector continues to struggle is poised to become a major election issue. History professor Dimitry Anastakis is one of Canada’s leading experts on this subject and can be reached at (705) 748-1011, ext. 7839 or danastakis@trentu.ca .

Women in Politics
Elizabeth May’s successful push to join the national leadership debates has shone a spotlight on women’s role in politics, both as voters and candidates. For current thinking on gender issues in the Canadian election, contact Professor Nadine Changfoot at (705) 748-1011, ext. 6005 or nadinechangfoot@trentu.ca .

Politics and Appearances
Politics today is informed as much by voters’ visual impressions as by the words crafted by political leaders. To discuss how political imagery is affecting the election campaign and other issues of Canadian and world politics, please contact Professor Davide Panagia, Canada Research Chair in Cultural Studies, at (705) 748-1011, ext. 6040 or davidepanagia@trentu.ca .

Climate Change and Canada’s Changing North
How Canada’s next government will respond to the unprecedented changes taking place in Canada’s Arctic regions is a crucial issue this election for Canadians, linking sovereignty, environmental, Aboriginal and health issues. Professor Chris Furgal has extensive experience in the far north and is available for comment in both English and French by contacting him at (705) 748-1011, ext. 7953 or chrisfurgal@trentu.ca .

Will this be a “Green” Election?
Environmentalism is already emerging as a leading election issue influencing each party’s campaign, to varying degrees. Politics professor Robert Paehlke is an authority on “green” politics, having recently published the book Some Like it Cold about the politics of climate change. He can be reached at (705) 748-1011, ext. 1730 or rpaehlke@trentu.ca.

Health Care - Canada’s Ageing Population
Canadian Studies Professor Jim Struthers examines the impact of Canada’s exploding population of seniors on society. His research investigates the contributions that seniors make to our economy and society and how community services can help them to contribute in creative ways. To discuss these social policy issues, contact Prof. Struthers at (705) 748-1011, ext. 6049 or jstruthers@trentu.ca .

First Nations in Canada
Indigenous Studies Professor David Newhouse can elucidate the importance of this election from the perspective of Canada’s First Nations who continue to struggle with the federal government over issues such as land claims, self-government and staggering social challenges. Contact him at (705) 748-1011, ext. 7497 or dnewhouse@trentu.ca .


Brittany Cadence, Communications Officer at (705) 748-1011, EXT. 6185.