Canada Elections

Why Turkey's Recent Election Is So Important

Ana Rodriguez | Posted 11.24.2015 | Canada Politics
Ana Rodriguez

Turkey held an election this past June and the AKP (remember, they've been in power since 2002) did not win a majority. Coalition talks were a bust, so a new election had to happen. It looked like Turkish voters were making a statement against Erdogan and his party in this election. But this time the AKP's I'm the strong man who can protect you message successfully swayed Turkish voters.

Growth On Horizon As Canada Enters Era Of Deficit Spending

Darren Sissons | Posted 11.04.2015 | Canada Politics
Darren Sissons

Spending one's way to growth is nothing new. What is new, and what is a first for almost any developed country is that Canada will be using both monetary and fiscal policy as a way to get the economy growing again at the expense of a balanced budget. For the economy as a whole, it is unequivocally good news.

When a Majority Is Not a Majority

Ehab Lotayef | Posted 10.23.2015 | Canada Politics
Ehab Lotayef

only 39 per cent of those who voted chose Liberal candidates. Four years ago the Conservatives took 39 per cent of the popular vote and were also a "majority." The "majority" before that was another Liberal one. The last time we had a real majority government in Canada was back in 1984 when the Mulroney Conservatives got 50.03 per cent of the popular vote.

Proof That Trudeau Won Because Strategic Voting Works

Ali Kashani | Posted 10.22.2015 | Canada Politics
Ali Kashani

Thirty per cent of Canadian voters (over 5 million) have little to no partisan attachment. By comparison, only eight per cent of U.S. voters swing their party support, and thus the elections. A large non-partisan voting bloc explains the 2015 shift from orange to red, where in a span of three weeks, 1.4 million voters changed their mind from NDP to Liberal. This provides the perfect environment for strategic voting to swing elections. After four years of a majority Conservative government elected against the will of 61 per cent of Canadians, strategic voters became a major voice in this election.

Liberals Dominate Metro Vancouver, Rest Of B.C. Remains Split

CP | Laura Kane and Geordon Omand, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.20.2015 | Canada British Columbia

"The rest of the province is going to feel unrepresented in a Trudeau government."

5 Ways Stephen Harper Left His Mark On Canada

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.19.2015 | Canada Politics

1. Honed the use of political advertising

NDP Hopes Dashed In Saskatchewan

CP | Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.20.2015 | Canada Alberta

The New Democrats managed to win three Saskatchewan seats Monday night.

'I Wouldn't Have Predicted This': Grits Make Big Gains In Manitoba

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 10.20.2015 | Canada Politics

"I have no idea why people voted the way they did," said Jim Carr, who took Winnipeg South Centre.

My First Federal Election as a Taxpayer

Caitlin McKay | Posted 10.19.2015 | Canada Politics
Caitlin McKay

When I was in university my political views were pretty straight forward. The school bubble made it easy to be passionate and lean one way on the political scale. Then I started paying taxes. Now I face my first federal election as a taxpayer and my views have shifted since the bubble burst.

I'm One of the 1.4 Million Canadian Citizens Who Can't Vote

Zoe Kevork | Posted 10.18.2015 | Canada Politics
Zoe Kevork

I live in a country now that has protected my right to vote. U.S. citizens around the world, regardless of how long they've been away, enjoy this inalienable right. The United States has pride and sense of obligation towards its citizens. I just wish Canada had the same feeling towards us as well. I

Who Should Arabs and Muslims Vote for?

Ehab Lotayef | Posted 10.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Ehab Lotayef

On Sept. 17 a group of prominent Arab and Muslim organizations from across Canada got together and sent a letter* to the leaders of the five main federal parties: Conservatives, NDP, Liberals, Bloc Quebecois and Green Party.

With All Their Tricks and Treats, How on Earth Do I Vote?

Robb Lucy | Posted 10.16.2015 | Canada Politics
Robb Lucy

I want the party and Prime Minister I vote for to show responsibility with how they spend our money; how they treat all classes of citizens and our environment; with how they paint a picture of the future they want to get to, and how I'm part of it.

We Can't Rely on Our Government to Solve Our Healthcare Crisis

Wynne Ma | Posted 10.16.2015 | Canada Politics
Wynne Ma

As the federal election approaches, I've been stunned by how little party leaders have discussed one critical issue -- healthcare. While the common assumption is that our healthcare is free in Canada, this is a huge misconception.

Why the Youth Vote Is Going Viral

The Council of Canadians | Posted 10.16.2015 | Canada Politics
The Council of Canadians

For nine years, we have lived under a Harper government -- the only government most of my generation has ever known. During this time, our leaders have ignored youth unemployment, climate change, and student debt. I almost didn't vote in the last election because I figured it wouldn't make a difference. I feel entirely different this time around.

How We Can Teach Our Kids that Voting Is Important

Her Magazine | Posted 10.16.2015 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

After getting a driver's licence, I think most teens will tell you that the next milestone will be when they legally order a beer. Sadly they're missing what really is the most significant milestone. The federal government recognizes age 18 as the age at which one can vote in a federal election. Unfortunately, it seems that reaching vote eligibility is not nearly as meaningful as being allowed to order what's on tap.

Why I Support the Liberals Under Justin Trudeau

Samuel Getachew | Posted 10.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

Continued humiliations and defeats, at the hands of Stephen Harper, has made the Liberals, more organized, open and accessible than ever before. What has always impressed me about them, is their strong will to survive, triumph and ultimately, win. Trudeau has that mojo.

Let's Make This Election About Small Businesses

Steven Uster | Posted 10.09.2015 | Canada Business
Steven Uster

The biggest financing issue that SMEs face is when banks reject their loan; SMEs are not aware they have alternative options. As we head into the homestretch of the Federal Election, I want to send a message to the successful leader that this issue hasn't been talked about yet, but should be part of their consideration moving forward.

Are You Registered To Vote? Here's How To Tell

The Huffington Post Canada | Brian Vinh Tien Trinh | Posted 10.05.2015 | Canada Politics

Who's ready to exercise some democracy?

Black Voices Must Be Heard in the Conversation About Gender Violence

Black Lives Matter – Toronto | Posted 10.01.2015 | Canada Impact
Black Lives Matter – Toronto

Despite the Black Lives Matter movement focusing media attention on how violence affects black communities, the experiences of women and girls have not received the same sustained media attention and outcry as the experiences of men. Our voices are routinely excluded from political and public discourse. It's critical for us to make an intervention.

In a Stagnant Economy, Spending Is Key to Stimulating Small Businesses

David Gens | Posted 09.29.2015 | Canada Business
David Gens

With the confirmation of the Canadian recession by Stats Canada earlier this month and the government's subsequent announcement of a $1.9 billion surplus, spending has become a particular point of interest in our upcoming election. Small business owners, who make up 98 per cent of employer businesses in Canada, will be looking to see which party's proposed spend will have a tangible effect on their bottom lines.

Paul Gross Takes Issues With Part Of Canada's Anti-Terrorism Law

The Huffington Post Canada | Brian Vinh Tien Trinh | Posted 09.30.2015 | Canada Politics

The chances are far more likely that you’ll drown in your bathtub tonight than you will be killed by a terrorist in Canada.”

Althia Raj On The Women's Issues That Were Missed At 'Up For Debate'

The Huffington Post Canada | Brian Vinh Tien Trinh | Posted 09.23.2015 | Canada Living

The last debate on women’s issues was in 1984.

Canada's Most Engaged Citizens Might Actually Be Too Young to Vote

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 09.05.2015 | Canada Politics
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Why don't we let 15-year-olds vote? We educate them about citizenship from the time they are in elementary school. We wail and moan about ever-decreasing voter turnout. But we don't really look at young people as citizens. We think of them as citizens-in-waiting.

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Native Vote Could Make The Difference In Canada's Elections | Julian Brave NoiseCat | Posted 09.02.2015 | Canada Politics

Canada is facing a critical moment in its history.

Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Talks Shouldn't Stop for Elections

Mark Warner | Posted 08.20.2015 | Canada Business
Mark Warner

Trade negotiations are growing in importance as developed and developing countries alike increasingly realize that protectionism is not a path to prosperity. Federalism poses challenges for our trade negotiations that are exacerbated by elections at both levels of government in Canada, and among our trading partners. The electoral clock is also ticking on Japanese Diet elections next summer and on U.S. presidential and congressional elections next fall. If the machinery of trade talks ground to a halt every time an election approached, there would be no trade agreements at all -- which is, perhaps, what some people desire.