Political Advertising: Electoral Alchemy

  • April 13, 2013
  • 2:00 pm
  • Gardiner Museum

Political messaging has become increasingly refined and tightly targeted. But do the subtle arts of political communication actually serve democracy, or seduce voters into abandoning rational or practical choices?

Our panel of distinguished political strategists, consultants and advisors—Chima Nkemdirim, Chief of Staff for the Mayor’s Office in Calgary, Jaime Watt of Navigator Ltd. and Ensight Canada and David Herle of The Gandalf Group—discuss their personal favourite pieces of political storytelling and the quantifiable impact and ethics of artful spin. Moderated by Carol Goar of the Toronto Star.

  • Series: In Dialogue
  • General admission: $25
  • Students (with valid ID): $20



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