Director of Research, Glendon Campus, York University and co-ordinator, Centre for Global Challenges
Alexandre is originally from the town of Roberval in Lac Saint-Jean, Québec. He was finishing a law degree at l’Université Laval when his passion for social justice drove him to abandon his legal studies, break his mother's heart and pursue a career in political science.
While completing his PhD at York University, Alexandre worked as the research officer for the university’s Faculty of Fine Arts before moving into his current position as Director of Research for York’s Glendon Campus. His doctoral thesis on the political mobilization of artists in Québec was cited numerous times in the news media and blogosphere during the 2008 federal election.
Currently, Alexandre is the co-ordinator of the Centre for Global Challenges, a bilingual public policy forum led by Alex Himelfarb, a former clerk of the privy council. A committed educator, Alexandre has also taught political science at Glendon for more than 10 years.
Alexandre is co-editor of a forthcoming book on Québec-Ontario relations, Ontario-Quebec Relations: A Shared Destiny, published by the Presses de l'Université du Québec. He has been a consultant for the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, and has provided training to senior public servants for the Ontario Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs, Cabinet Office.
Alexandre appears frequently as a political analyst on Radio-Canada, CBC's French-language radio and television networks. He maintains a well-trafficked blog, Le carnet d'Alexandre, and contributes to The Mark News, an independent online news website that features opinion pieces on Canadian and international current events.
Administrative efficiency, human rights, respect for minorities and the integration of immigrants are all good reasons to put an end to religious segregation. Yet for politicians, the question remains taboo. We're in the early days of the provincial election campaign, and leaders are avoiding the subject like the plague.
A three-pronged, right-wing hegemony in the Toronto, Ontario and Canadian governments should sound alarm bells. It allows ambition to counteract ambition and limits the abuse and corruption that inevitably results from the concentration of power.