The University of Ottawa invites the media to take part in the first discussion on how massive demographic changes in the U.S. could impact Canada, featuring key researchers, pollsters and political advisers on Hispanic issues sharing their research and insights.
By 2042, Hispanics, already the largest minority group in the U.S., will almost double in numbers to comprise well over 30% of the U.S. population, twice as large as the African-American population. This demographic shift will change business and politics in Canada's closest trade and political partner more profoundly than any event in that country since the great immigration waves of the late 19th century. In recent polls, Hispanics and Latinos demonstrated significantly more concern about environmental issues than whites and African-Americans. What impact will this transformation of the U.S. have on issues of importance to Canada such as foreign policy, trade, the environment and energy?
WHAT: The Dramatic Rise of the U.S. Hispanic/Latino Population Potential Impacts on the Canada-U.S. Bilateral Relationship
WHEN: March 21, 2013
WHERE: Social Sciences Building, Room 4004, University of Ottawa (120 University | Map)
The minister of citizenship and immigration, the Honourable Jason Kenney, is scheduled to open the event. Jennifer Ditchburn of the Canadian Press will moderate a discussion with Dan Restrepo, Obama Spanish language surrogate in the 2008 and 2012 elections and former director for Latin America with the U.S. National Security Council; Israel Ortega, chief spokesperson to Spanish language media for the Heritage Foundation and editor of the Spanish version of the heritage.org website, libertad.org; Sylvia Manzano, senior analyst with Latino Decisions polling and designer of the national Latino Election Eve Poll; Mark Hugo Lopez, associate director of the Pew Hispanic Research Center and coordinator of the National Survey of Latinos; and Colin Robertson, former Canadian consul general to Los Angeles.
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