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Canada Enters the Longest Election Campaign Since 1874

Keeping an eye on our neighbors to the north, it appears that Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper kicked off an extended election campaign. It will be the longest Canadian election campaign since 1874, and gives the Conservative Party a political advantage, as it is better funded than the other parties.

“Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper has called a parliamentary election for October .. kicking off a marathon eleven-week campaign.” — Euro News

The move was most likely spurred by recent polls showing the New Democratic Party (NDP) carrying a slight lead. The NDP is popular with Canadians for its progressive agenda on issues such as jobs, environmental protection, First Peoples’ rights, and universal health care.

Tom Mulcair is the running NDP candidate. Here, he addresses Canadians who are ready for change:

News Links: Canada Elections 2015

The following linked articles provide more information about the Canadian 2015 elections.

Stephen Harper of Canada, Hoping to Extend Conservatives’ Hold, Calls Elections

“After the last federal election, the New Democratic Party, the most left-leaning of Canada’s three mainstream national parties, held the second largest number of seats in the House of Commons, making it the official opposition for the first time. Its profile and credibility grew in May when the party’s branch in Alberta ended four and a half decades of Conservative rule in that province. Recent polls have placed the New Democrats in the lead, slightly ahead of the Conservatives, although the three major parties have been roughly tied over the past few months.” — Ian Austen, The New York Times 

Harper Calls Canadian Elections for October 19th

“By law, Mr. Harper had to hold a vote in October. But he broke with Canadian political tradition by formally opening the campaign in the middle of summer during what is a holiday weekend in most of the country. The move appeared designed to give the Conservative Party an edge in campaign spending. The campaign period before the vote on Oct. 19 will be the longest since Canadians all began voting on a single day in 1874.” — Doug Mataconis, Outside the Beltway

Canada Election 2015: A Guide to the Parties, Polls and Electoral System

“Who’s Stephen Harper? What are the political parties of Canada? What’s a riding? Who’s in the lead? Here’s everything you need to know come October” — Alberto Nardelli, The Guardian

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends--with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.

5 Comments

  1. Rajagopal

    I though Stephen Harper was doing a good job, but it seems that thinking is off the mark. So, does it look like Tom Mulcair, or still early days to forecast?

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Too early to tell. The CA elections should be close. But after what happened in the UK, with the unexpected huge win by the conservatives, who knows what may happen?

  2. swo8

    JoAnn, I am Canadian and let me tell you we are so sick of the status quo, can’t wait to see the end of that man!
    Leslie

    • JoAnn Chateau

      I hope the election results make Canadians happy – I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

      • swo8

        Me too.
        Leslie

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