Barry Kay was a professor in the Department of Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University for 41 years. He was a respected scholar and media commentator on politics at both the federal and provincial levels in Canada and in the United States. Kay authored or co-authored more than 40 academic articles and book chapters. In addition to his scholarly work, Kay wrote hundreds of newspaper opinion articles and was frequently interviewed by journalists across Canada and the U.S. Among his many activities, he was an active member of the Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy (LISPOP) and developed a widely consulted seat-projection model based on electoral data and polls. When Kay passed away in December 2019, the department lost a cherished and dear colleague.
In tribute to Kay and his life's work, Laurier's Department of Political Science and Kay's spouse, Betty Leventhal, have organized a memorial lecture in his name. For the first event––just days after the US election––please join our experts to explore the election results from a cross-border perspective. What will this outcome mean for relations between Congress and the White House, for federal-state relations and for the deep, partisan fissures that divide Americans?
We’ll also explore what the election might mean for Canadian policy priorities in the coming years. An event fitting of Kay's life and legacy, it is not to be missed!