EventsEd Broadbent: Seeking Social Democracy

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Ed Broadbent: Seeking Social Democracy

7:00 PM – 8:15 PM
Central Library


“A hopeful conversation across three generations about what it will take to build a future where we might live in harmony with one another and with nature.”

Part memoir, part history, part political manifesto, Seeking Social Democracy offers the first full-length treatment of Ed Broadbent’s ideas and remarkable seven-decade engagement in public life. Written in dialogue with three collaborators from different generations, this memoir shares insights into the life and mind of one of Canada’s major political thinkers, and takes readers through Broadbent’s life spent fighting for equality in Parliament and beyond.

Join us for an evening of ideas with Ed Broadbent and co-writers Frances Abele, Jonathan Sas, and Luke Savage—moderated by Mo Amir, political commentator and host of This is Vancolour.


Ed Broadbent PC CC was the leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party from 1975 to 1989 and member of Parliament for Oshawa (1968–1990) and Ottawa Centre (2004–2006). He was appointed a member of the Privy Council by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in 1982 and in 2001 received the highest civilian honour when he was made Companion of the Order of Canada. In 2011, he was the founding chair of the Broadbent Institute. He is also the editor of Democratic Equality and a frequent author of newspaper and magazine opinion articles.

Frances Abele CM is Distinguished Research Professor and Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy Emerita at Carleton University. She is a research fellow at the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation and the Broadbent Institute. Much of her work focuses on Indigenous-Canada relations.

Jonathan Sas has worked in senior policy and political roles in government, think tanks, and the labour movement. He is an honorary witness to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. His writing has appeared in the Toronto Star, National Post, The Tyee, and Maisonneuve Magazine.

Luke Savage is a writer and journalist whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Guardian, Jacobin, the New Statesman, the Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, and the Literary Review of Canada. His first book, The Dead Center, was published in 2022.

Mo Amir is a political commentator and host of the podcast and television talk show This is VANCOLOUR on CHEK News. He is also an opinions columnist for Vancouver is Awesome and a panelist for CBC’s On the Coast with Gloria Macarenko on “The Soapbox Social” panel. 

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