Canadian Federal Election 2011

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I'm voting for...

Undecided
4
8%
Conservative Party of Canada
3
6%
Liberal Party of Canada
6
12%
Bloc Québécois
2
4%
New Democratic Party
14
27%
Green Party of Canada
0
No votes
Rhinoceros Party
1
2%
I can't vote in Canada (too young/incarcerated/Australian)
22
42%
 
Total votes: 52
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Canadian Federal Election 2011

Postby Metcarfre » 25 Mar 2011, 11:12

So Canadians are headed to election season again after the combined opposition parties (Liberal, Bloc, NDP) toppled the reigning minority government leaders, the Conservatives. We're headed to the polls in early May.

Story - CBC
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Re: Canadian Federal Election 2011

Postby Matt » 25 Mar 2011, 11:14

I'll be voting liberal.

Vote the bum out.

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Re: Canadian Federal Election 2011

Postby empath » 25 Mar 2011, 11:28

I'd like to vote NDP, but it'd never fly out here - the old people only ever vote red or blue, so rather than waste my vote, I'll choose whoever decides to run for the Liberals in my riding.
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Re: Canadian Federal Election 2011

Postby aeric90 » 25 Mar 2011, 11:34

I'm not one to toe a party line. Considering myself a bit of a Libretarian I tend to vote for a candidate in my riding that best serves his constituents and then check out the party's economic platform. While I traditionally voted Liberal I twice voted Conservative for James Moore when I lived in Port Coquitlam (who supported gay marriage and polled his electorate on major issue regularily). This time there's a lot to consider, not the least of which is the current government being found in contempt of Parliament. I usually decide the week of the election after taking everything in.
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Re: Canadian Federal Election 2011

Postby Matt » 25 Mar 2011, 11:36

I have littlemore use for Jack Layton than I do for Stephen Harper.

Back for me or not, at least Ignatief is a political scientist, and an internationally respected one at that.

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Re: Canadian Federal Election 2011

Postby aeric90 » 25 Mar 2011, 11:36

empath wrote:I'd like to vote NDP, but it'd never fly out here - the old people only ever vote red or blue, so rather than waste my vote, I'll choose whoever decides to run for the Liberals in my riding.


Remember that a vote is never wasted unless you either don't vote or null your vote at the polling station. Each vote gets a party a percentage government funding for elections. Just because you vote for a party that doesn't win doesn't mean your vote didn't count.
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Re: Canadian Federal Election 2011

Postby Metcarfre » 25 Mar 2011, 11:40

Exactly. As all Canadians probably know, the NDP routinely finishes with a % of votes higher than the Bloc, but much much fewer seats. This, of course, due to the Bloc only being extant in Quebec. Similar situation for Greens.

As usual, I will vacillate between the three 'major' parties until I actually read the Cons' platform and realize they are totally at odds with everything I hold dear. I might reject them earlier this time, though. Like... right now.
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Re: Canadian Federal Election 2011

Postby aeric90 » 25 Mar 2011, 11:46

Oh... and it may be 6 years old but watch this again and show it to your friends!

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Re: Canadian Federal Election 2011

Postby Tim » 25 Mar 2011, 12:12

How early in May? I might be out of the country during the election. Have to find an alternative way to cast my vote, I guess.

I've been known to cast my vote for stability, and though the pre-campaign hate ads have annoyed me from the Conservatives, they'll probably get my vote again.
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Re: Canadian Federal Election 2011

Postby aeric90 » 25 Mar 2011, 12:14

May 2nd is the projected election date. They'll be early polls and absentee balloting though.
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Re: Canadian Federal Election 2011

Postby Metcarfre » 25 Mar 2011, 12:16

When they first thought there would be a motion of non-confidence on Wednesday, the media said May 2nd. So I'd guess somewhere around there. I'm out of town too... as you know.
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Re: Canadian Federal Election 2011

Postby Tally » 25 Mar 2011, 12:25

Anybody but Harper. That's pretty much my stance. I already left the States, I don't need him turning my new home into a carbon copy of the same.

Also, how on earth can they set up an election that fast?? The previous federal election took months. Of course, after growing up in the US, I remain flabbergasted that any federal election can be concluded in under 2 years.
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Re: Canadian Federal Election 2011

Postby Matt » 25 Mar 2011, 12:26

It did? canaidan elections always turn around relatively quickly...

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Re: Canadian Federal Election 2011

Postby Metcarfre » 25 Mar 2011, 12:29

The legal minimum is 36 days, which PMs try to keep to since campaign finance is so strictly controlled here. Heck, the longest one was 74 days (1926).
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Re: Canadian Federal Election 2011

Postby Tally » 25 Mar 2011, 12:29

Matt wrote:It did? canaidan elections always turn around relatively quickly...

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Jeremy worked for Elections Canada during that election, and I thought he was there for much of the summer. I know his last day of work for them was October 21.
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Re: Canadian Federal Election 2011

Postby Metcarfre » 25 Mar 2011, 12:32

There's a difference between holding the election campaign, and prepping for it. The last election campaign lasted just over a month - September 7th to October 14th 2008.
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Re: Canadian Federal Election 2011

Postby Tally » 25 Mar 2011, 12:36

Ok, but the prep still has to come first. In which case how can they be ready to have the actual election in just over a month?
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Re: Canadian Federal Election 2011

Postby Metcarfre » 25 Mar 2011, 12:37

They've been prepping?

It's not that hard to find some pensioners to sit at tables and hand out slips of paper.
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Re: Canadian Federal Election 2011

Postby Gollom » 25 Mar 2011, 12:38

Tally wrote:Anybody but Harper. That's pretty much my stance. I already left the States, I don't need him turning my new home into a carbon copy of the same.


Pretty much this. I'll be voting NDP because there is little point otherwise in Windsor, but I'd be alright with Ignatieff. Plus it would require dark magicks for the NDP to get anything more then 15%~

What are peoples feelings on a coalition? The NDP and Bloc are all for it. Ignatieff is resistant, but if it's another Conservative minority, he'll almost certainly agree to it; assuming the Liberals haven't replaced him.
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Re: Canadian Federal Election 2011

Postby Metcarfre » 25 Mar 2011, 12:41

Hesitant. They tried to do it, it didn't work, and now the electorate are pretty much scared of the prospect. Really, we're (the ABC crowd) are hoping for another minority gov't.

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Re: Canadian Federal Election 2011

Postby empath » 25 Mar 2011, 12:41

metcarfre wrote:As usual, I will vacillate between the three 'major' parties until I actually read the Cons' platform and realize they are totally at odds with everything I hold dear. I might reject them earlier this time, though. Like... right now.


Waiting even THIS long?

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- Ignoring the Kyoto Accord, the Atlantic Accord, the Kelowna Accord; Steve-o sure doesn't like abiding by the agreements of his predecessors, does he?

Hell, Harper & Co. have been consistently reprehensible for...yeah, half-a-decade now. We 'ignorant' Newfies have been crowing A.B.C. - Anything But Conservative - for ages, but don't listen to us; we don't know anything... Image
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Re: Canadian Federal Election 2011

Postby Tapir12 » 25 Mar 2011, 12:43

My riding has been Conservative since the beginning of time, and I don't see that changing anytime soon, though I won't be voting for them. I usually base my vote more on the local candidates than the parties. I remember thinking about voting Liberal during the last election, but the Liberal candidate in my riding was an absolute IDIOT. So chalk me up as undecided for now.
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Re: Canadian Federal Election 2011

Postby Metcarfre » 25 Mar 2011, 12:45

That thing that really rankles me about the Cons, though, is the Sean Bruyea/Veteran's Health Privacy thing. Man. My blood boils.
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Re: Canadian Federal Election 2011

Postby Gollom » 25 Mar 2011, 12:46

Whats great is that happened like a week after they announced the long form census change. Because thats for too intrusive. Clearly the Conservatives care about your privacy.
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Re: Canadian Federal Election 2011

Postby Metcarfre » 25 Mar 2011, 12:46

Clearly.

Oh, man, I almost forgot about the census thing! Thanks!
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