Citizens must become leaders in order to combat populism, says former diplomat
Ben Rowswell is a veteran diplomat and Canada's former Ambassador to Venezuela
"[Populism is] an ideology, which means that it is an argument for gaining power," said Rowswell, president of the Canadian International Council.
Rowswell served as a diplomat in Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan, and was Canada's Ambassador to Venezuela from 2014 to 2017. He is also co-founder of Betterplace, an app aimed at mobilising citizens for civic action.
"If ever there was a time that we need Canadian citizens to pay attention to what's happening in the world and to get engaged, it is now," he said.
"The best inoculation we have as a society is an active and engaged citizenry."
Rowswell talked with The Current's Anna Maria Tremonti about his time as a diplomat and witnessing the rise of populism in recent years.
Listen to their full conversation at the top of this page.
Produced by The Current's Idella Sturino.