How has Trump’s presidency changed social justice in Canada?

Far-right extremism, the climate crisis, and reproductive rights issues are all taking root here — but Trump isn’t entirely to blame.

Why It Matters

Social impact organizations must learn how Canadians are accepting or rejecting U.S. ideas in order to stay relevant. Any major advancements in climate justice, police brutality, misinformation, or gender equity will most likely be inspired by efforts (or setbacks) south of the border.

Canadians share an official language, the longest non-militarized border in the world, and a shared colonial history with the United States. We frequently love to insist, however, that the social and political contexts of our southern neighbour are completely different from ours. 

That is true in many ways. Canadians are far more socially and fiscally liberal than Americans, choose our leaders under a parliamentary electoral system, and do not generally see the same displays of naked partisanship common in U.S. presidential races. However, Canadians follow U.S. culture closely and, inevitably, major social movements in America drift north. 

The election of Donald Trump to the White House in 2016 was no different. The bow wave of xenophobia, white nationalism, protectionism, and disdain of elites did cross into Canada, albeit in subtler form. Climate justice organizing


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