Canada Voting

Grassroots Strategy Isn't Just Feel-Good Politics, It Wins Elections

Jordan Ray | Posted 11.05.2015 | Canada Politics
Jordan Ray

The Liberal Party of Canada changed the way that it chose its leader by introducing the free, "supporter" category for new members. The move was viewed by some as dangerous. What the party faithful may not have realized was that the Liberals were kicking off a grassroots strategy that would strengthen the party.

What Made This Election A Historic Win For First Nations Issues

Peter Landry | Posted 11.03.2015 | Canada Politics
Peter Landry

The election of Justin Trudeau has been variously described as historic. And it was. Another less talked about historic moment was the election of 10 First Nations MPs. Add to this that a record-breaking 54 Aboriginal candidates put their names forward during the election. Each of these candidates ran in one of the 51 swing ridings identified by Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Chief Perry Bellegarde. Bellegrade was blunt and clear that the Aboriginal vote could make a difference between a majority and minority government.

Authenticity Determined This Election's Winners And Losers

Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy | Posted 10.29.2015 | Canada Politics
Ken Aber and Ian Chamandy

Todd Rundgren's song, "The Verb, To Love," speaks to authenticity -- the antithesis of the packaging of a candidate for public consumption during an election. Both Trudeau and Harper were authentic to who they are in the campaign, while Mulcair showed up as a packaged pretense of what he wanted people to think of him, not who he truly is.

When a Better Canada Comes Before Politics

Daniel D. Veniez | Posted 10.25.2015 | Canada Politics
Daniel D. Veniez

During the past nine years, reputations have been shattered, national institutions have been destroyed, the rules of parliament abused, the federation itself weakened, and the trust in the institutions of democracy profoundly undermined. Justin Trudeau will have to do a lot of heavy lifting to repair the damage.

This Election Showed Us Racism Is Alive and Well in Canada

Bilan Arte | Posted 10.25.2015 | Canada Politics
Bilan Arte

While some political parties are more responsible for instances of blatant racism than others, no political party has committed to action on combating racism in Canada. Aboriginal and racialized realities of being heavily surveilled, unfairly carded in the streets, and higher rates of violence remain fringe issues.

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.

Democracy Isn't Just About Politics; It's About All of Us

David Suzuki | Posted 10.24.2015 | Canada
David Suzuki

During the lengthy campaign I had a disagreement with Trudeau over his party's climate policy. I still think his climate plans need to be strengthened, especially with clear and ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But I'm confident the new government will take this issue seriously,

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.

The Left Always Loses by Running Right

Joshua Ostroff | Posted 10.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Joshua Ostroff

With a lead in the polls, Thomas Mulcair fell victim to the Conservative definition of the NDP as fiscally irresponsible and led with a promise to balance the budget. After years of austerity measures, that rightward fiscal turn felt to many like a betrayal of NDP values in search of a few votes. And by the time the NDP started plummeting in the polls and Mulcair reasserted their progressive position, it was too little, too late.

This Election Shows Us Canadian Progressives Are Unpredictable

Hassan Arif | Posted 10.20.2015 | Canada Politics
Hassan Arif

Hopefully the Liberals' majority mandate will not mean that electoral reform falls by the wayside. It is absurd that Canada has an electoral system where less than 40 per cent of the popular vote can mean a majority government and absolute control in Parliament.

Reports Of Pre-Marked Ballots Raise Concerns

The Huffington Post Canada | Ryan Maloney | Posted 10.19.2015 | Canada Politics

A Vancouver teacher's Facebook post on the matter has been shared more than 21,000 times.

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.

Lawyer Offers Free Help To Those Turned Away From Polls

CBC - Canada | Posted 10.19.2015 | Canada Politics

Burley says he plans to be a "resource for anyone who runs into difficulties."

Young Women Must Vote for Equality, not for Harper

Lara Koerner Yeo | Posted 10.17.2015 | Canada Politics
Lara Koerner Yeo

For those women who care about advancing women's equality, the answer is simple: the women's equality vote is the non-Conservative, anti-Harper vote. We need a government that will champion women's equality by recognizing it as something that needs championing, not as something that already exists. There are young women who refuse to buy the "women are equal" Conservative tag line. We know what our foremothers fought for, we know what we've lost in our lifetime under Harper's leadership, and it's time to reclaim the losses.

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.

How to Be on Your Best Ballot Box Behaviour

Lisa Orr | Posted 10.16.2015 | Canada Living
Lisa Orr

On October 19 Canadians will head to the polls again to exercise their right to vote for our next prime minister. Many Canadians have already started to cast their ballots, but election day typically sees the biggest turnout. On this very busy day, here are my tips for how to be on your best ballot box behaviour.

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.

Voters Must Stay Involved Post-Election For Real Change to Happen

John Izzo | Posted 10.16.2015 | Canada Politics
John Izzo

Citizens tend to blame our leaders for the kind of government we have. We ought to look in the mirror instead. Getting engaged every four to five years for six to eight weeks is not what it means to be a citizen.

Federal Parties Are Fighting to Secure the Senior Vote

Susan Eng | Posted 10.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Susan Eng

What do seniors want? What will seniors get? Who gets the seniors' vote? Now that "everybody knows" that seniors are Canada's most committed voters -- peaking at 75 per cent turnout when the general turnout was 61 per cent in 2011, politicians of all stripes are pitching for their vote.

Tackling the Myth of Politically Apathetic Young Canadians

Jane Hilderman | Posted 10.15.2015 | Canada Politics
Jane Hilderman

Young people vote at much lower rates than older Canadians. In the 2011 federal election, only 41 per cent of Canadians under 30 voted. However, when it comes to rates of participation in political and civic life beyond voting, younger Canadians' participation rate is 11 percentage points higher, on average, than their older counterparts across 18 forms of participation.

This Federal Election May Be the Beginning of Our Turnaround

Glen Pearson | Posted 10.14.2015 | Canada Politics
Glen Pearson

Could we as a people, despite our many distinctions, be giving birth to a new kind of revolutionary optimism, to the belief we recognize that the political estate can only be as collaborative, visionary, or as engaged as we are? If so, and if the advanced polls are any indication, we could be building our own "Field of Dreams," but with one great distinction.

Long Lineups Reported As Advance Polls Open

CP | Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.09.2015 | Canada Politics

There had been concerns that the Conservative government's new election law could create headaches for certain Canadians, but Elections Canada said they were working to ensure everyone who wanted to vote would get a chance to do so.

Exposing the Double-Standard of Ranked Ballot Critics

Dave Meslin | Posted 10.08.2015 | Canada Politics
Dave Meslin

Ranked ballots give more power to voters by eliminating strategic voting, encouraging positive campaigns and ensuring that unpopular incumbents can't win their seats due to vote-splitting -- but critics of reform are speaking out. They reveal a comedic double-standard. Some of the same people who are trying to derail democratic reform in Ontario themselves use the exact same system that they claim is too complex or unfair.

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?