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federal election

Back to the polls we go

03.30.2011

High-ho, high-ho, it’s election time again in Canada. And it sure does feel an awful lot like 2008: 4 out of 5 of the party leaders are unchanged. Only Iggy is new this time around, though his post-election political days are probably as numbered as Stephane Dion’s were. The party positions and platforms are largely […]

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Oh, shut up!

01.31.2011

Just when I think I can’t possibly hate the Harper Conservatives any more… their attack ads on Ignatieff and the Liberals are some of the most annoying, boorish, ill-conceived spots I’ve ever seen – and considering this is politics, that’s saying a lot. And I’m not even talking about the ads that were pulled.

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No election… for now

01.29.2009

The Conservative minority government will live to fight another day. Michael Ignatieff announced that the Liberals would support the Tory budget, slightly amended, to avoid the collapse of the government for the time being. Maybe this means they can quit squabbling like kindergarteners and actually, you know, govern for a little while? People in Quebec […]

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These foolish games…

12.04.2008

The inevitable result of the petty political squabbling has occurred: Parliament has been shut down to stave off a no-confidence vote that would have been scheduled for Monday, where the opposition was trying to take over the country in what essentially would amount to a bloodless coup. Looks, it’s quite simple: You don’t have to […]

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Dion hangs on

10.16.2008

They’re calling for his head on a platter from all sides, but Stephane Dion won’t quit yet: The Toronto Star had cited Liberal party insiders who said Dion would make the announcement on Thursday and then stay on as leader until a successor is chosen. But a spokeswoman for Dion said the Liberal leader would […]

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The May effect?

10.15.2008

17. That’s the number of seats where the Liberal-Green combined vote total was higher than the vote total for the winning candidate. Of those 17 seats, 9 were won by the Conservatives. The remaining 8 went 5 to the Bloc and 3 to the NDP. Of course, it’s illogical to assume that all or even […]

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Election results

10.15.2008

Another day, another Conservative minority. Stephen Harper can talk all he wants about it being a “strengthened” minority, but the fact is he called this election with the objective of securing a majority government. He failed. ‘ Stephane Dion led the Liberals to one of their worst results in history, and the pundits were calling […]

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Election day

10.14.2008

The Election Prediction Project is forecasting 125 seats for the Conservatives, 94 for the Liberals, 51 for the Bloc, 36 for the NDP, and 2 for Independent candidates. They’ve been pretty dead-on in past elections, so we’ll see if that trend continues this time. Voting is our most fundamental right and privilege. Regardless of your […]

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The English debate

10.02.2008

Well, it was lively and even funny at times. That’s all I can really say about the debate format that provided more of a chance for attack zingers than real reasoned debate. Still, I guess it made for good TV, since we were all glued to the screen for a couple of hours – the […]

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Top 5 issues that are (thankfully) not part of the Canadian election campaign

10.02.2008

As I watch the US presidential campaign unfold, it’s easy to feel a bit smug. Our election issues are – on the whole – pretty boring, mostly because things are – on the whole – pretty good here. Not to discount the importance of Arctic sovereignty or softwood lumber tariffs or anything. But compared to […]

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