David McGrane

Expertise: NDP, Social Democracy, Political Marketing, Elections

Dave McGrane is an Associate Professor of Political Studies at St. Thomas More College and the University of Saskatchewan. He has written extensively on the NDP and Canadian social democracy. While his past work concentrated on provincial public policy, his recent research examines the campaign strategy and marketing of the federal NDP as well as analyzing reasons that voters support certain parties over others during provincial and federal elections in Canada.   

Dr. McGrane is active in his community as a member of the City of Saskatoon’s Environmental Advisory Committee, Chair of the Political Action Committee of the Saskatoon & District Labour Council, and President of the Saskatchewan NDP. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Douglas-Coldwell Foundation.

Recent Work 

Book: The New NDP Moderation, Modernization, and Political Marketing

Book: Applied Political Theory and Canadian Politics

Posts & Activities by David McGrane

  • Laytonian social democracy: one small practical action at a time


    The Broadbent Institute's new project, Change the Game, takes a critical look at the history of social democracy in Canada, with the intention of learning from the successes and challenges of the past in order to build the best possible path forward. We invite you to join us in rethinking and renewing social democracy by reading other entries in this series.

    Fifteen years ago today, Jack Layton became the Leader of the federal NDP at the Toronto Convention Centre. While delegates did not know it at the time, he would go on to become the most electorally successful leader of the federal CCF-NDP and bring the party closer to its dream of forming the federal government than it had ever been.

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