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June 18, 2013

Presentation Event: Fire and Ice in the era of Obama and Harper: The surprising trajectory of social values among Americans and Canadians

The Environics Institute for Survey Research and the Munk School of Global Affairs hosted a special presentation event: in Toronto on June 17, 2013.


The event featured:

Michael Adams, President, the Environics Institute for Survey Research

Celinda Lake, President, Lake Research Partners (USA)


 WIth commentary by a panel of distinguished U of T political scientists::Neil Nevitte, Robert Vipond, and Christopher Cochrane.


In 2003, Michael Adams published the Canadian bestseller Fire and Ice in which he exploded the myth that Canadians and Americans are gradually becoming alike. Despite the two countries' profound economic integration, their many historical, demographic, and geographic similarities, and the ubiquity of American popular culture, Adams used comprehensive social values research to make the case that Canadians and Americans increasingly see the world though different moral and motivational prisms.

 A decade later, how are social values among Americans and Canadians evolving in a time with Democrat Barack Obama occupying the White House, and Conservative Stephen Harper firmly ensconced in Sussex Drive?  

Michael Adams and leading US pollster Celinda Lake will present the latest social values research from both countries which reveals surprising shifts that help explain recent social and political events, and provide valuable insight into what we can expect in the future.

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