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From the
Prime Minister's Office:

Prime Minister of Canada makes ministerial mandate letters public
News Release
Ottawa, Ontario
13 November 2015
Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took the unprecedented step of publicly releasing all ministerial mandate letters, as part of his plan for open and transparent government for Canadians.


Sample excerpts from the mandate letter
for the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development:
I will expect you to work with your colleagues and through established legislative, regulatory, and Cabinet processes to deliver on your top priorities:

* Work with the Minister of Finance to design and implement the Canada Child Benefit (CCB), which will build on the existing Canada Child Tax Benefit and the National Child Benefit Supplement and will replace the Universal Child Care Benefit.

* Work with the Minister of Finance to improve the income security of lower income seniors living alone by increasing the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) by ten percent, indexing Old Age Security (OAS) and GIS payments to a new Senior’s Price Index, cancelling the increase in age of eligibility for OAS (65 to 67), and working with provinces and territories to ensure adequate and coordinated support programs to address seniors’ poverty.

* Work with the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs to launch consultations with provinces and territories and Indigenous Peoples on a National Early Learning and Childcare Framework as a first step towards delivering affordable, high-quality, flexible and fully inclusive child care.

* Lead the development of a Canadian Poverty Reduction Strategy that would set targets to reduce poverty and measure and publicly report on our progress, in collaboration with the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour. Our strategy will align with and support existing provincial and municipal poverty reduction strategies.

* (...)

Ministerial Mandate Letters
The mandate letters provide a framework for what Ministers are expected to accomplish, including specific policy objectives and challenges to be addressed.

Follow the above link to access all 30 mandate letters, one for each Minister of the Trudeau Cabinet.

The Trudeau Cabinet:
HTML : (mouse over each Minister's photo to see the name of his/her ministry)
PDF : (name of each ministry incl.)



Trudeau sworn in as 23rd prime minister of Canada, new cabinet announced
By Fram Dinshaw
November 4, 2015


Five quick wins for Trudeau’s first day in office
By Steven J. Hoffman & Patrick Fafard
November 3, 2015

While it takes time for a new prime minister to translate campaign rhetoric into effective policies, there are at least five quick-wins that Justin Trudeau can achieve on his very first day in office. All five can be implemented in a few minutes through simple orders-in-council at the cabinet table or by instructing new ministers in their mandate letters.

1.Trudeau can restore the mandatory long-form census.
2. Our new prime minister can immediately restore access to health care for refugees waiting in Canada as their claims or appeals are adjudicated.
3. Government scientists can be freed from muzzling after almost a decade of silence.
4. Trudeau can end Canada’s visa restrictions against Ebola-affected countries, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
5. Fifth, the incoming government can formally de-link international development assistance from Canada’s economic interests.

The National Observer
On October 19th 2015, Canadians chose Justin Trudeau to be Canada's 23rd Prime Minister. The TrudeauMetre is a non-partisan collaborative citizen initiative that tracks his performance with regards to his electoral platform.

The complete list by theme:
[Click the link above to access any of the following themes]
* Culture * Economy * Environment * Government * Immigration * Indigenous Peoples * Security

NOTE : Check the comments about each of the Trudeau promises by clicking the number of comments in the right-hand margin of the page.

What you'll find further down on this page:

* Federal Election 2015 : results and selected commentary
--- Elections Canada Home Page
--- Macleans
--- Huffington Post Canada
--- Globe and Mail
--- Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
--- Toronto Star
--- CBC News
* Hundreds of related links...

Elections Canada Home Page for the October 19, 2015 Federal Election
- special focus on election results (incl. results map), your voter information, frequently-asked questions and more


Nine Urgent Post-Harper Challenges
Surveying hazards and opportunities across our upended political landscape.
By Crawford Kilian
26 Oct 2015
* New Democrats and Conservatives as regional parties.
* Skepticism about corporate media.
* Persistence of anti-Islamism.
* Unfocused hopey-changey rhetoric.
* First Nations.
* Health care.
* Post-secondary education and training.
* Mass migration.
* The pace of change.

The Tyee


From Macleans:
[ ]

Federal Issues 2015
- incl. Macleans primers on health care - the niqab - the Trans-Pacific Partnership - vanishing data - child care - Syrian refugees - terrorism - defence spending - truth and reconciliation - jobs - crime - democratic reform - marijuana - climate - coalitions - pensions - taxes


From the
Huffington post Canada:
[ ]

7 Things That Helped Justin Trudeau Pull Off a Historic Win

Stephen Harper: 5 Ways The Conservative Leader Left His Mark On Canada


From the
Globe and Mail:
[ ]

2015 federal election coverage


From the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:
[ ]

Liberal To-Do List: 10 promises they could deliver in their first 100 days
By David Macdonald

Quid Pro Quo: What Ontario should expect from the new federal government
By Sheila Block

Vote like a geezer and change Canada’s future
By Armine Yalnizyan

5 ways the Harper government changed Canada
By Stuart Trew

Canada can’t let labour mobility create an underclass of TFWs
By Armine Yalnizyan

Behind the Numbers

Behind the Numbers is an initiative of the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives


From the Toronto Star:

How irony killed Stephen Harper
More than anything, it was the irony that lodges deep in the Canadian soul that was Stephen Harper’s undoing.

Return of the long-form census excites the experts


From CBC News:

Joe Oliver says Conservative defeat 'significant' but 'not devastating'
'We had a rock-solid base but we couldn't expand it,' says outgoing finance minister

Conservative campaign post-mortem
Former Conservative Party campaign spokesperson, Kory Teneycke discusses what went wrong with the Tory campaign


--- Go to the Harper Government™ Record Links page:
(353 links)

--- Go to the 2015 Federal Election and General Political Links page:

(693 links)


Go to the Harper Government™ Alphabet of Shame
(166 links)

Elections Canada Home Page for the October 19, 2015 Federal Election

Federal Political Parties' 2015 platforms

2015 Election Survey
See how your political beliefs align with each party

(movie, duration 63 minutes)
This link takes you to (a) the complete one-hour video and (b) to several 4-5-minute video clips from the movie on selected themes, for example:

* Cindy Blackstock : Spied on by 189 people in the Harper government.
* Harper paid for a make-up artist and psychic with your tax dollars.
* How Harper spied on everyone who visited his website.
* Did your phone company sell your info to the Harper government?
* The racist guys on Canada’s $5, $10 and $50 dollar bills
* We impersonated the RCMP to see what tourists knew about Mounties.
[Go to for links to all nine clips.]

"The viral comedy site with the unprintable name"

NEW from

Progressives' post-election task: Organizing for change
October 16, 2015
By Murray Dobbin
Post-election, creating change will be the critical task of all progressives -- take what we know is possible and use it to rebuild community, reclaim the commons and build a broad social movement.

Highlights and fears from election 2015
October 16, 2015
By Rick Salutin
Many moments stand out from one of Canada's longest election campaigns. Rick Salutin looks back at a few and ponders the possibility of a worst-case scenario after the election.

It gets worse: Economy continues decline under Harper government
October 15, 2015
By Jim Stanford
Not only has Canada's economy performed worse under Stephen Harper's leadership than under any other government in our post-war history, but things are getting worse, not better.


More election 2015 coverage from

Opinion: Tory tax breaks benefit the wealthy few*
By Robbie Brydon and Joanna Oda
October 16, 2015
The authors of this opinion piece are avowed one per centers --- he an economist, and she a physician, both living in Edmonton. The article compares what the high-earning couple would receive in accordance with Conservative Party of Canada campaign promises and the amount payable to a couple under similar circumstances but with a lower salary. No great surprise that the higher earners would be miles ahead (or more correctly, thousands of dollars ahead) of the lower-income household.

"We will do our small part to keep the government’s finances in order for more important things by not using the extra TFSA room. We encourage our fellow well-to-do compatriots to do the same; ultimately, though, this is an issue that will be resolved at the ballot box."

* The original title suggested by the authors
(but declined by the Edmonton Journal):

"Stephen Harper offered us $346,000 - we turned him down"

[ Robbie Brydon is an economist and Joanna Oda is a physician. They live and work in Edmonton. ]

Related link:

Oct 16, 2015
Edmonton AM Election Panel - Final look at the polls
Paula Simon's comments on CBC Edmonton:
Skip ahead to 9:45 at this link
Our election panel Bob Murray and Paula Simons join us for a final look at the polls heading into the election on Monday.

Globe and Mail federal
Election 2015 coverage:

Campaign Notebook: Polls show Canadians believe Trudeau main challenger to Harper
October 16, 2015

Harper plays down Ford rally after explosive allegations revealed in new book
October 16, 2015

How do your beliefs on social issues align with those of each political party?


Macleans Federal Election 2015 Coverage


Macleans editorial:


William Thorsell (ex-Globe editor): ‘The editorial I’d write … if I were still writing them’
(...) unusual opportunity to “throw the bastards out” lies just a few days away, and there are reasons and a chance it may well happen.


The Tories deserve another mandate – Stephen Harper doesn’t
Globe and Mail Editorial Board endorsement


Federal Party Platforms & Disability Issues: 2015 Canadian Election Guide


The Real Conservative Party Policy Regarding Women's Equality

The Harper Record 2008-2015
--- Hollowing out the Middle: Recasting Workforce Development Programs under the Harper Government
(Donna Wood, University of Victoria)

Hollowing out the Middle:
Recasting Workforce Development Programs under the Harper Government

Donna Wood from the University of Victoria has written a paper entitled Hollowing out the Middle: Recasting Workforce Development Programs under the Harper Government, [ ]

It looks at devolution under the Labour Market Development Agreements (LMDAs); the Labour Market Agreements (LMA) and the Canada Job Grant; Employment Insurance; pan-Canadian research and labour market information; Aboriginal and youth programming; federal/provincial relationships, and stakeholder engagement under the Harper Conservatives.

Her contribution is just one of 36 contributions to The Harper Record, 2008-2015, published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). Other subjects of interest to social policy researchers include First Nations relationships; immigration and temporary workers; tough on crime; child care; the Canada Social Transfer; public health care, and housing.


Complete report (PDF - 2.2MB, 432 pages):

Individual chapters:
* Democracy
* Labour and Migration
* Social Policy
* Economy
* Food, Water, Air, Environment
* Security, Foreign Policy and Trade

Social Policy chapter:

Tough on crime, weak on results: The Harper government’s emphasis on prison time is ineffective and expensive, by Paula Mallea
[ ]

Mad Men family policy: The Harper record on taxation and child care, by Kate Bezanson
[ ]

Whose priorities? Artwork by Rusa Jeremic
[ ]

The Harper government’s reorienting of Status of Women Canada, by Jane Stinson
[ ]

Case Study: The Harper government and the Canada Social Transfer, by Jennifer Mussell
[ ]

Truth without reconciliation: The Harper government and Aboriginal peoples after the apology, by James FitzGerald
[ ]

The need for federal leadership in public health care in Canada, by Melissa Newitt and Adrienne Silnicki
[ ]

Housing first, but affordable housing last: The Harper government and homelessness, by Carey Doberstein and Alison Smith
[ ]

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)


- Go to the Non-Governmental Organizations Links page:

September 26, 2015
Canadian Election Proposals : Four Things Needed to Make Pharmacare Work for Canadians
By Steve Morgan
A version of this commentary appeared in the Hill Times, the Huffington Post and the Victoria Times Colonist.
More so than other aspects of health policy in Canada, the federal government has responsibility for matters that affect the safety, availability, use and cost of prescription drugs. Here are four things the federal government could do to make national pharmacare work for Canadians:
1. Commit to a clear and comprehensive pharmacare plan.
2. Get on with the task of improving prescribing in Canada.
3. Quit applying antiquated drug price regulations.
4. Sustainability of any system to encourage access to medicines depends to a great extent on timely and vigorous generic competition.
If done right, a pharmacare plan would effectively integrate medicines into Canadian medicare and ensure that the Canadian principles of universal access to high quality, affordable healthcare do not end when doctors give patients prescriptions to fill. It is within reach with the right plan — and leadership.

Steve Morgan is a Professor in the UBC School of Population and Public Health and an expert advisor with [ ]

– See more at:

Politudes: International Social Policy Monitor
Politudes is sponsored as a public information service, by the Advocate Institute. It is edited by Terrance Hunsley, who is a former Director-General of the (UN-Associated) International Centre for Prevention of Crime, Executive Director of the Canadian Council on Social Development, Fellow of the Queen’s University School of Policy Studies, author, researcher and consultant.

Recent Posts from Politudes:
[ ]
Click the Politudes link to access links to the following articles:

Canadian Election Proposals:
(1) Medicare’s Unfinished Business: A Proposal for a Home and Continuing Care Program for Canada

(2) Towards a New Senate
(3) Four Things Needed to Make Pharmacare Work for Canadians
* Why We Hate Taxes – And Why We Shouldn’t
* Canada Needs an Economic Staircase
* The International Labour Organization (ILO) Project on the Future of Wor


Pearson Centre for Progressive Policy
The Pearson Centre for Progressive Policy is a Canadian think tank which solicits proposals for progressive initiatives to put forward during the 2015 Canadian federal election campaign.

A PEARSON CENTRE INITIATIVE: Progressive Platform 2015
An innovative series of policy proposals is being published in the lead up to the federal election scheduled for October 19, 2015. The proposals are bold, progressive, innovative and future-focused.

How Trudeau and Mulcair may hand victory to Harper
By Bruce Livesey
September 24, 2015
(...) while the chances of Harper winning another majority are looking bleak, winning a minority government is still firmly within his grasp. And that’s because the opposition vote is split between the Liberals, NDP, Bloc and Greens. After all, as long-time Toronto-based election consultant Warren Kinsella points out, the only reason Harper has won the last three elections is because “the opposition parties are exactly where he wants them – splitting the progressive vote…"
Until the progressive side gets its act together, he’s going to win.

The National Observer
The National Observer is a new publication founded by the Vancouver Observer's award-winning team of journalists.
The National Observer focuses on news through the lens of energy, environment and federal politics.

NOTE : This is #80 of 82 articles from the Special Report entitled Canada's 2015 Federal Election Campaign:

Are YOU ready to vote
for the next federal government on October 19, 2015??

If your address has changed since the last federal election, you might be in for a rude awakening on voting day, wherever you may live in Canada.
Here's a cautionary tale just posted by a Facebook Friend who shall remain nameless because I didn't ask to use that person's name in relaying this to the subscribers to this newsletter.

Read and heed:

Be very careful and clear that you are on the voters list. Harper's new voter suppression act has made it very hard for a lot of people.
i registered online, then went back to check to make sure i was registered and was not.!!
i spent 45 min. at the elections canada office getting that straight.
If you have moved since the last election, just adding your new address may not be enough. you may , as i did, have to go to the elections canada office and actually sign a form and delete your old address from the voters' list. I had changed my address on my driver's license and everything.
.... There are going to be a lot of people that find out they are not on the list when they go to vote.


Are you registered to vote?
Not registered to vote?
Not registered at your current address?
Not sure?
Check or update your voter registration now
by clicking the following link from Elections Canada:

Check the Elections Canada home page [ ] for YOUR voter info.
Simply type in your postal code and Elections Canada will tell you when and where you should vote, candidates in your riding, etc.

There's a special page for First-time voters:

...where you can find the following :
* Vote in 6 steps n* My voter's guide * Voters checklist * Key federal elections dates *
What happens when I go and vote (Video) *
Voter ID

...and a special page for students:
(it's actually on the same page as first-timers) for students to help them determine their riding, voting on campus, acceptable identification for voting, voting for people studying abroad, outreach and promotional material, outreach on campus, promotional materials available for student groups to distribute and Information and teaching tools for students under the voting age


Vanishing Canada: Why we’re all losers in Ottawa’s war on data
Records deleted, burned, tossed in Dumpsters. A Maclean’s investigation on the crisis in government data
By Anne Kingston
September 18, 2015
Statistics Canada no longer provides a clear snapshot of the country, says John Stapleton, a Toronto-based social policy consultant. “Our survey data pixelates—it’s a big blur. And the small data, we don’t know if it’s right.” How many Canadians live in poverty now, compared to 2011? We don’t know; changes in income-data collection has made it impossible to track. Austerity measures, ironically, have resulted in an inability to keep track of the changes: StatsCan used to provide detailed, comprehensive data on salaries and employment at all levels of government; now we can’t tell where, or how deep, the cuts have been.


Fair Elections Act ID rules block voting, groups argue in court challenge:
Students group, Council of Canadians seek injunction to halt provisions in Conservative government's law
By John Nicol, CBC News
July 2, 2015
Groups in a court challenge are accusing the Harper government of trying to import U.S.-style voter suppression tactics for political gain ahead of the next federal election.

See also:

Fair Elections Act critics seek injunction, arguing new ID rules block voting

2015 federal election: 9 things to know


The National Post [ ] offers 15+ articles - more if you click "Older posts" near the bottom of the page - covering everything you ever wanted to know about the Fair Elections Act and then some...


Vote 2015 Debates - Globe and Mail Leaders' Debate

Globe and Mail Leaders' Debate Post Show (Peter Van Dusen and guests)

Globe and Mail Leaders' Debate Pre Show

REPLAY: The Globe and Mail Leaders' Debate 2015
Streamed live on Sep 17, 2015
The debate begins at 58:40

What's new from the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU):

September 20, 2015
What's new online this week:

1. Research, policy & practice
- materials include: scholarly research, policy studies and briefs, government and NGO reports

Child Care Now blog – Election 2015
12 Aug 2015 | Canada
There's no doubt that child care is an issue in Election 2015. To support the public interest and political debate, CRRU's blog, Child Care Now, will be published each week between August 12 and October 19. Why giving parents cash-for-child-care isn't the answer is the fifth blog in the series.

Regional wage scales for RECEs working in regulated childcare in Ontario
18 Sep 2015 | Ontario
Regional wage scales for RECEs working in regulated childcare in Ontario: A discussion paper provides a platform for discussing regional wage scales as a solution to address the on-going issues around compensation in the regulated childcare sector.

Work around the clock: A snapshot of non-standard hours child care in Canada
16 Sep 2015 | Canada
Childcare Resource and Research Unit Occasional Paper No 29 aims to provide an up-to-date report on the state of child care for families working non-standard hours in Canada. This project was funded by the Child Care Fund of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) and Canada Post.

Developments in Quebec child care
16 Sep 2015 | Quebec
A number of recent changes in Quebec ECEC policy have prompted response and objection from organizations and experts in Quebec. CRRU has compiled a file of information about these developments to promote further discussion.

The Leap Manifesto: A call for a Canada based on caring for the Earth and one another
16 Sep 2015 | Canada
The Leap Manifesto was publicly released on Tuesday, September 15th and has already been backed by more than 100 prominent Canadians. The Manifesto is calling for a shift in Canada's economy to a sustainable system weaned off fossil fuels and calls for an expansion of the caring sector and a universal child care program among others.

MORE research, policy & practice


2. Child care in the news:
- archive of news articles about early childhood education and child care (ECEC) in Canada and abroad

Few child-care options for parents who don’t work 9-to-5 weekday hours
15 Sep 2015 | Canada

This is the childcare election, advocates say - including for lagging Hamilton
16 Sep 2015 | Ontario

Are early childhood educators undervalued?
16 Sep 2015 | Canada/

On Oct. 19, Canadians need to vote for a universal child care program
16 Sep 2015 | Canada

Manitobans urged to 'vote child care' in federal election
16 Sep 2015 | Manitoba

MORE child care in the news

From Jennefer Laidley of the
Income Security Advocacy Centre:
[ ]

Reviving the debate around the Long-Forum Census:

The Homeless Hub’s Housing and Homelessness Election Guide 2015:

Poverty advocates in Niagara are struggling to be heard this election:

Income inequality is the elephant in the room this election:

Advocates say disabled voters are still facing accessibility challenges this election:

Angus Reid poll: Canadians’ Economic Anxiety Shapes Campaign Perspective:

The refugee crisis: Four things to know before you vote:

10 Reasons to Vote for Anyone but Harper
August 24, 2015
[Click the link above for more info on each reason listed below.]
1. Bill C51.
2. The economy and job growth.
3. Veteran affairs.
4. Income splitting and Universal Child Care Benefit.
5. Seven consecutive deficits.
6. Muzzling of government scientists.

7. Charity attacks.
8. First Nations.
9. Stripping of federal protection of our lakes and rivers.
10. Above the law.

Huffington Post Canada

FactsCan is an non-profit, independent and nonpartisan fact-checker on Canadian politics. Similar sites operate in many other countries, and now Canada has one too.
We’re a resource for separating out the truth from spin, distortion, omission, error and lies. Our goal is to inform Canadians, enable everyone to critically engage in political discussions, and encourage politicians to be honest and accurate with their words.

I know YOU are, but what am I?

Senator Irving Gerstein, chair of Conservative Fund Canada, told 3,000 delegates at the 2013 Conservative conference in Calgary that he had refused to defray disgraced Senator Mike Duffy’s “disputed” bills — a notion that is at odds with a claim in RCMP documents that the party was prepared to pay up to $32,000, but balked when informed the amount had reached $90,000.

This situation reminds me of the conversation overheard on an Ottawa street between a lonely gent seeking some paid female company (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) and a lady of the night.

Asked the gent: "Would you consider coming back to my place for the evening if I paid you a thousand dollars?
"Hmmm", she replied, with a coy smile, "that sounds like it might be fun!"
"So", he continued, "would you consider coming back to my place for $20?"

"Hey", the woman shot back, "what kind of person do you think I am anyway?"
"Well", he answered, "I figure we've already determined the answer to that question .
Now we're just haggling about the price..."


New from the
Social Planning Network of Ontario :
[ ]

Canada Votes 2015

The federal election is on October 19, 2015.
Use Canada Votes to help spark dialogue about social issues in Canada and put them on the public agenda.

With Canada Votes you can:
* Read about 14 social issues affecting Canadian Communities
* See sample questions to ask your candidates about social issues
* Share with your friends, family, and colleagues

Below are the 14 issues covered by Canada Votes.
Click the "Canada Votes" link above to select an issue
from the following list for links to more detailed information:

1. Affordable Housing
2. Child Care
3. Climate Change
4. Community Infrastructure
5. Employment Insurance
6. Health Care
7. Immigrant Population: Express Entry
8. Jobs and Economy
9. Long Form Census
10. Migrant Workers
11. Poverty Reduction
12. Public Transit
13.Responsible Taxation
14.Seniors and Income Security

Don't forget to vote on October 19!

We've got the Stephen Harper Hates Us Blues (each video lasts under four minutes)


Click anywhere in the above screen to see the video.
If that doesn't work for you, try this YouTube video link:

Click anywhere in the above screen to see the video.
If that doesn't work for you, try this YouTube video link:

Canada election 2015: Stephen Harper confirms start of 11-week federal campaign
August 2, 2015
Stephen Harper has begun the mid-summer marathon that will be longest federal election campaign in recent history.
Harper emerged from Rideau Hall Sunday morning, confirming he had asked Gov. Gen. David Johnston to dissolve Parliament for a general election to be held Monday, Oct. 19.

CBC News


Six charts show Stephen Harper has the worst economic record of any Prime Minister since World War II
By Jim Stanford and Jordan Brennan
July 30, 2015
It turns out the emperor has no clothes after all.
Although Conservatives like to drone on like robots about how Stephen Harper is a "steady hand on the wheel" of the economy, that myth is increasingly hard to square with reality. Not only does a recent poll suggest Harper's reputation as a competent manager of the economy has plummeted, a new analysis shows Harper with the worst economic record of any Canadian Prime Minister since the end of the Second World War.

The report, authored by Unifor economists Jim Stanford and Jordan Brennan ["Rhetoric and Reality..." - see the link to the PDF report below], crunches the numbers on Canada's nine Prime Ministers between 1946 and today on issues relating to work, production, distribution and debt, and ranks each according to 16 economic indicators. The results? On 13 of the 16 indicators, Harper ranks dead last or second last. In fact, Harper does not rank higher than sixth on any single indicator.

Here are six examples of what these data show:
[Click the link above for more info on each of the six points.]

1. Stephen Harper has steered Canada's economy to its lowest levels of growth in 69 years.
2. Harper has the worst job creation record of any Prime Minister since 1946.
3. Harper is the first Prime Minister since the 1950s to oversee a decline in the employment rate.
4. Stephen Harper is kind of a lousy salesman.
5. It has been good times for Canada's richest 1% under Stephen Harper.
6. Meanwhile, the standard of living of everyone else has never risen so slowly.

PressProgress is a project of
The Broadbent Institute
The Broadbent Institute is an independent, non-partisan organization championing progressive change through the promotion of democracy, equality, and sustainability and the training of a new generation of leaders.

More about the Broadbent Institute:


Rhetoric and Reality : Evaluating Canada’s
Economic Record Under the Harper Government
(PDF - 5.5MB, 66 pages)
By Jim Stanford and Jordan Brennan
July 30, 2015
With Canada possibly slipping into another recession, a new comprehensive review of the economic record of Stephen Harper's Conservative government paints a damning portrait of nearly a decade of economic failure. Authored by Unifor Economists Jim Stanford and Jordan Brennan, this report tracks the performance of nine federal governments from 1946 through 2014.
(...) The performance of the economy under each Prime Minister is compared on the basis of 16 conventional and commonly-used indicators of economic progress and
These indicators are all measured using annual data from 1946 through 2014, obtained from Statistics Canada and other public sources; a full statistical appendix lists all statistical sources and details.

As Canada’s largest private sector union with more than 300,000 members in every major sector of the economy, Unifor is committed to creating a strong and effective union – making positive change in communities and workplaces across the country.

2015 Election Survey
See how your political beliefs align with each party
Not *entirely* unexpected result of Gilles' survey result:
"I side with the New Democratic Party on most political issues."

Vote Child Care 2015
11 Mar 2015 | Canada
The Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada has launched the Vote Child Care 2015 campaign which brings together child care advocates and supporters from across Canada to promote the vision endorsed at the ChildCare2020 conference. "Together we’re calling on the next federal government to provide funding and leadership, to work with provinces, territories and Indigenous communities to make affordable quality child care a reality for all families."

Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

FactsCan plans to test political claims during election
Founders of new group want to 'lay out the truth, as truly as possible, with no BS or alternative agenda'
February 10, 2015
Tall tale-telling politicos, take heed: You could soon find your claims put through the truth grinder by the folks at FactsCan, a newly launched website that aims to provide an independent, non-partisan fact-checking service during the upcoming federal election.

We’re a nonpartisan fact-checking site on Canadian politics and we’ll be fact-checking the 2015 federal election, but the website isn’t ready quite yet.
While you're waiting for this site to go public:

1. Check out Indiegogo [ ].

2. Connect with us on Facebook [ ] and Twitter [ ] --- we’ll be releasing fact checks.

From the federal
Department of Finance:

Harper Government to Balance Budget in 2015: Government supporting a stronger economy in an
uncertain world by confirming that it is on track to fulfill its commitment to Canadians to balance the budget in 2015
January 2, 2015
Finance Minister Joe Oliver today highlighted how the Harper Government's commitment to Canadians to return to budget balance will help support jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for Canadians in 2015.

Related Products:

* Economic Action Plan 2014
February 11, 2014

* Harper Government Releases Economic and Fiscal Update
November 12, 2014

Finance Canada


PM announces tax cuts, increased benefits for families
October 30, 2014
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced new measures to help make life more affordable for Canadian families.

The proposed new measures include:

1. The Family Tax Cut, a federal tax CREDIT that will allow a higher-income spouse to transfer up to $50,000 of taxable income to a spouse in a lower tax bracket.
2. Increasing the Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) for children under age six.
3. Expanding the UCCB to children aged six through 17.
4. Increasing the Child Care Expense Deduction dollar limits by $1,000.

Related Product:

Supporting Canadian Families

Additional Links:

Backgrounder: Helping Families Prosper
- incl. info on the following:
* The Family Tax Cut
* Universal Child Care Benefit
* Child Care Expense Deduction
* Doubling the Children’s Fitness Tax CREDIT

Prime Minister of Canada

Notice of Ways and Means Motion to Amend the Income Tax Act

Department of Finance


From the
Globe and Mail:

[ ]

The truth about income splitting: We take what we can get
By Rob Carrick
October 30, 2014
The federal government is making families with young kids richer by an average of $1,140 a year. A difference-maker for parents juggling mortgage and car payments, daycare costs and sundry other daily living expenses? Not a chance, particularly for the low-income families that are stretched the tightest in today’s economy.

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CUPE Counterpoint:
Income splitting vs. childcare
Study after study shows that public spending on child care should be a top priority. The wide-spread and long-lasting economic, social, and HEALTH BENEFITS for children, families, and society far outweigh the costs. However, Canada is last among its peer countries on public spending on child care. Despite all the evidence, the federal Conservative government persists on ineffective high-cost proposals such as income-splitting and the Universal Child Care Benefit.

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)


Seven facts Stephen Harper doesn't want you to know about his family tax plan
October 31, 2014
The Conservatives have a $26.755 billion plan to help families!
Except, it doesn't create any new child care spaces.
And 9 out of 10 households will see zero gain from the signature piece of tax policy: income splitting.
And if you do have kids, well, you have to be a certain *kind* of family to qualify for the tax scheme.

In fact, the majority of families that are the target of the income splitting -- parents with children under 18 -- don't quality for the benefit.But hey, on the plus side, families will get a cheque from Stephen Harper on the eve of the next election (talk about a coincidence!) to help provide "choice" in "child care."



From the
Caledon Institute of Social Policy:

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The Elephant Not in the Room (small PDF file, 3 pages)
Ken Battle and Sherri Torjman
October 2014
This commentary is a response to yesterday’s Family Tax Cut and related child benefits announcement.
(...) in our view, the Child Care Expense Deduction should not be expanded – it should be extracted from the tax system entirely. If there were ever a
child benefit that helped higher-income households, this is it.
There is a much better and simpler route to reform : Boost the Canada Child Tax Benefit, Canada's biggest and best child benefit. It is virtually absent from the current policy debate, the elephant not in the room.


If you don’t pay, you can’t play: the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit (small PDF file)
Ken Battle and Sherri Torjman
October 2014
(...) the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit remains a limited benefit that may or may not be smart politics but is flawed public policy. To qualify for the Children’s Fitness Tax Credit, families first must spend money on fitness-related programs. Many low-income families cannot qualify for the credit because they cannot afford to shell out any of their limited income on fitness activities.


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New Democratic Party
Mulcair's plan : Affordable childcare
You’ve waited too long for affordable childcare. New Democrats are ready to make it happen.
Tom Mulcair has a plan to ensure there’s a space for every child – and parents won’t pay more than $15 a day.

New Democratic Party of Canada


Six lessons Canada can learn from other countries when it comes to child care (video, duration 1:36)
Globe and Mail feature writer Erin Anderssen shows us how Canada compares to other countries when it comes to child care, and offers six examples of things we can learn from those countries to improve our own system.



October 14, 2014
Seven perfectly sensible reasons why child care is good for the economy
Child care is back in the news with two competition visions: give parents a monthly cheque of $100 to help cover monthly child care bills [ [ ] that can top $1,000 [ ] or build a real national $15-a-day child care program [ ].
So for those of you who need a good, hard dollars and cents explanation about why a real child care program is worthwhile, here are seven perfectly sensible reasons why the investment is good for the economy.

1. Child care pays for itself
2. Child care creates jobs
3. Lack of child care increases costs for businesses, lowers productivity
4. Child care makes living more affordable for parents
5. Child care leads to better outcomes for children
6. Child care encourages greater participation of women in the workforce
7. Child care can help close the gender gap




NDP’s plan to save Quebec daycare is as palatable as a campaign to kill the Canadian beaver
By John Ivison | October 14, 2014
Tom Mulcair said Tuesday, Canada “can’t afford not to” spend $5-billion a year on a new plan to create or maintain one million childcare spaces. The goal, said the NDP leader, is to make sure that parents don’t pay more than $15 a day for a childcare space. It’s an investment that pays for itself, he said, citing economists who claim that such programs contribute $1.75 for every dollar invested. “It’s as good for the economy as it is for the family,” he said.

National Post

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I'd need to work 24-7 to even hope to capture the bulk of election coverage in the media, so I decided instead to highlight some of the coverage that resonated with me. T
he section immediately below this yellow box is a selection of resources - some sites, some special media coverage - that I considered worth sharing.[ Gilles ]

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The Ontario Conservative Party's Employment
and Prosperity Plan

The Real Conservative Party Policy Regarding Women's Equality

July 5, 2011
Reasons for not voting in the May 2, 2011 federal election, May 2011
More than one-quarter of the 7.5 million eligible voters who reported they did not cast a ballot in the May 2, 2011 federal election indicated they did not do so because they were not interested in voting. Another 23% said they were too busy to vote.
- includes three tables:
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* Reasons for not voting among those who did not vote, by immigrant status, May 2011 federal election

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The Daily
[Statistics Canada]

Exit Interview: NDP Tony Martin
May 20, 2011
By Meagan Fitzpatrick
Twenty years in politics came to an end for Tony Martin on May 2 when he was defeated in the northern Ontario riding of Sault Ste. Marie. He had been an MP for the NDP since 2004 and before that was a member of the provincial government, serving under Bob Rae when he was NDP premier in Ontario. Martin is passionate about poverty -- eradicating it, that is -- and it's been a focus of his time in public office. In Ottawa, he dedicated a lot of his time to that work on committees and on a private member's bill that would create a national strategy to eliminate poverty and an Office of the Poverty Elimination Commissioner.

COMMENT: (by Gilles)
It was truly a pleasure and an honour for me to meet Tony on a couple of occasions and to promote his work in my site and newsletter.
Bill C-545 may have died on the order paper, Tony, but your dedication to the cause of poverty eradication has left a profound mark on all of us who work in support of social justice in Canada. I wish you well in the next chapter of your remarkable life...
[...and I pray that the NDP surge can produce someone who can grow into those large shoes of yours.]

From Framed in Canada
(Trish Hennessy's blog):
This four-part series of blogs chronicles Trish's efforts to make sense of the May 2 results.
She also offers considerations for progressives to get us through to the next federal election.

1,617 Days: Naming The Politics Of Fear
May 16, 2011
By Trish Hennessy
The Harper government won its coveted majority. How did this happen? What does it mean for Canada? And what should progressives do before the next federal election?

1,616 Days: Dividing Canadians
May 17, 2011
By Trish Hennessy
Stephen Harper played the fear card and won, while the NDP made history by becoming the official opposition.

1615 Days: Championing Progressive Values
May 18, 2011
By Trish Hennessy
(...) Stephen Harper may have won the election, but a strong NDP opposition raises the possibility that a broader audience of Canadians will be exposed to truly progressive ideas for the first time in a generation. That, in itself, holds change-making potential.

Democracy is a wheel: let me roll it to you
May 18, 2011
By Trish Hennessy
The politics of fear helped define the 2011 federal election. For all of its darkness, fear also drove a lot of voters to consider new possibilities, to make new choices, including jumping on the orange wave. The challenge for progressives wanting to ensure Canada maintains the promise of social justice that we briefly coalesced around post-war is to begin work immediately on a reframe: Our challenge is to change the conversation, rather than get trapped in the conversation that has been set for us (economy in peril).

[ Trish Hennessy is a former journalist
working with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. ]

Framed in Canada

May 2, 2011
The people of Canada have spoken.
Jails and jets it is.
And more unfettered contempt for Parliament and the people of Canada.

Best analogy of the week:
"Jack Layton winning 102 seats against a Tory majority
is like winning the jackpot at a bingo on the Titanic."

Election night results from Elections Canada
- includes results for all of Canada, for each province and territory, by postal code and more...

From the CBC:

Canada Votes 2011 Election results
- interactive map of results

Harper: Majority win turns page on 'uncertainty'
Layton seizes Opposition; Duceppe, Ignatieff defeated in ridings as parties decimated

Breaking down the election results
A closer look at Canada's new House of Commons


the Globe and Mail:

Canada’s new electoral divide: It’s about the money
By Patrick Brethour
VANCOUVER— From Wednesday's Globe and Mail
May 3, 2011
The newly drawn electoral map is split, but the cleavage is not left versus right, nor is it Quebec versus the rest of Canada.
The true divide, the new reality of Canadian politics, is between the economic heartlands that the Conservatives now dominate throughout the country and the economic hinterlands won by the NDP.

Centrist compromise spurs Tory triumph
By John Ibbitson
May 3, 2011
It worked. Stephen Harper finally won his majority government. He did it by surrendering right-wing cant for centrist compromise. He didn’t sound that way, but he acted it. And the voters understood. There is a new reality in Ottawa. The fusion of right-wing factions into a party of the moderate centre-right now dominates national politics. Mr. Harper, who has already governed for five years, will govern for four more. The lesson for the parties to his left is obvious: Unite or lose.

Also from the G&M:

* Voters want Harper kept on short leash and aren’t yet sold on Layton: study

* Harper finally wins majority as NDP surges into Opposition

* Harper to move fast to use his new authority

* Ignatieff will not resign, despite losing in own riding

* Duceppe resigns as Bloc leader after losing riding

Globe and Mail

From the
Toronto Star:

Conservatives soar to majority with NDP forming historic opposition
May 3, 2011
The Conservatives have finally captured their elusive majority government in tonight’s federal election with the NDP taking its historic place as official opposition, pushing aside the Liberals to a humiliating third place finish. It is the first time in Canadian history that the Liberal party did not finish either first or second.

Interactive Map of 2011 Federal Election Results

Toronto Star

A Conservative majority. Now what?
By Murray Dobbin
May 3, 2011
There is no point dwelling on the obvious other than to simply reiterate it. The election of a Conservative majority government will usher in wrenching change in Canada and we will have to witness the worse that Stephen Harper has to offer. (...) What was shocking for people throughout the first three weeks of the campaign – before the strange, detached euphoria of the NDP surge was that so many Canadians – hovering near 40% – could support a government that was not only conservative in policy terms but virtually a rogue government in terms of its blatant and unapologetic trashing of democratic institutions and conventions. It did not seem to matter a whit that Harper harboured thugs in his inner circle, was found in contempt of Parliament, and lied without hesitation whenever it suited him.
Murray Dobbin's Blog
[ About Murray Dobbin ]

From the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

Historic NDP Breakthrough
By Erin Weir
May 3, 2011
A Harper majority is very bad. However, I have trouble imagining it cutting public programs more than Chretien’s majority did. The Conservatives and Liberals have long been rather similar on economic issues. The NDP replacing the Liberals as one of the two predominant parties is hugely positive. Canadian social democrats have been striving for this realignment since they founded the CCF in 1932.

The Economic Impact of Harper’s Majority (audio file)
May 3, 2011
This 6-minute debate between Michael Hlinka, CBC business correspondent, and CCPA Senior Economist Armine Yalnizyan examines the economic impact of a Harper majority. It took place early today on Metro Morning, the local morning CBC program in Toronto. It touches on the nature of growth, the distribution of the benefits of growth, the erosion of the foundation of growth, and the role of the NDP, as official opposition, to offer some balance to the process of defining and serving the public interest.

Making It Count (Election blog)
[ Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) ]

Related video:

Triumph and Defeat (CBC video)
May 3, 2011
Video highlights from the speeches of the five party leaders on election night.
CBC Videos

Hundreds of links to election coverage - updated daily
Still haven't reached your saturation point?
The Canadian Daily Digest offers a varied diet of media coverage of the 2011 federal election.

Kazoo Has Spoken.
My friend Zoom's Double Yellow-Headed Amazon Parrot has expressed his voting preference, scatologically speaking.
("Kazoo did his own research and reached his own conclusions quite independently. Which makes me wonder if parrots have better critical thinking skills than the majority of many Canadians…")

The rest of the links below cover the period leading up to the election.

All parties except Conservatives support Make Poverty History goals


Federal Election 2011 Endorsements Left and Right:
The Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail
(no surprises here.)

Toronto Star endorses the NDP
April 30, 2011
(...) The last thing Canada needs is an affirmation of a government obsessed with control, dismissive of critics, and determined to further diminish the role of the state in charting a better future for the country. (...) New Democrats have shown at the provincial level that once in office they can square their social conscience with fiscal responsibility. They are the party of Tommy Douglas, Allan Blakeney and Roy Romanow — pragmatists with a vision and a heart. Now that a much more significant role beckons at the federal level they must accept the challenge of developing that approach nationally as well.
Toronto Star


The Globe’s election endorsement: Facing up to our challenges
April 27, 2011
(...) Only Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party have shown the leadership, the bullheadedness (let's call it what it is) and the discipline this country needs. (...) Mr. Harper could achieve a great deal more if he would relax his grip on Parliament, its independent officers and the flow of information, and instead bring his disciplined approach to bear on the great challenges at hand. That is the great strike against the Conservatives: a disrespect for Parliament, the abuse of prorogation, the repeated attempts (including during this campaign) to stanch debate and free expression. It is a disappointing failing in a leader who previously emerged from a populist movement that fought so valiantly for democratic reforms. (...) The campaign of 2011 – so vicious and often vapid – should not be remembered fondly. But that will soon be behind us. If the result is a confident new Parliament, it could help propel Canada into a fresh period of innovation, government reform and global ambition. Stephen Harper and the Conservatives are best positioned to guide Canada there.
Globe and Mail


From the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

April 30, 2011

What's new online:
[This section archives documents that
have been featured on the CRRU homepage..]

Why I'm voting for child care
29 Apr 11
- Activist and mother Vicky Smallman discusses her child care struggles; invites Canadians to vote for good child care May 2nd.

Addressing child and family poverty in Canada: Where do the parties stand?
29 Apr 11
- Campaign 2000 assesses the federal parties' records and promises on child poverty.

Does not play well with others
28 Apr 11
- Post from CCPA's election blog offers a letter from child care staff to the Harper family regarding Stephen.

Newfoundland and Labrador Budget 2011: Standing strong
28 Apr 11
- Newfoundland government promises "two-year pilot project focused on the development of child care spaces in family homes".

Funding for 25 new child care centres raises family choices. Commitment to 54 new centres over five years
27 Apr 11
- Manitoba budget includes $21.3 million for child-care centres including 46 capital projects; promises 2,100 newly funded spaces.


child care in the news
[This section features interesting and noteworthy
news about ECEC and related issues in Canada and internationally.]

· Put children first
[CA] 29 Apr 11

· When you vote, keep our children in mind
[CA] 28 Apr 11

· Code Blue -- Build child care
[CA] 27 Apr 11

· Porter: Why child care is a big election issue
[CA] 27 Apr 11

· Child care takes centre stage
[CA] 27 Apr 11

· Standing behind a failing system
[CA-NL] 27 Apr 11

· Time to put children first
[CA] 26 Apr 11

· NDP push: Jack Layton answers questions
[CA] 26 Apr 11

· Mixed reaction to child care plan
[CA-NL] 20 Apr 11

· Daycares question new funding
[CA-MB] 14 Apr 11



Fiscal Record of Canadian Political Parties
y Toby Sanger
April 29, 2011
With all the recent news stories — as well as alarm raised by other leaders — about the fiscal and economic impact and record of NDP governments, I decided to take a look at and review the fiscal record of all federal and provincial governments in Canada for the past three decades. These results may be surprising to some: they show that NDP governments have the best fiscal record of all political parties that have formed federal or provincial government in Canada.
Progressive Economics Forum Blog
[ Progressive Economics Forum ]


From Campaign 2000:

Three out of four cross-Canada parties commit to reduce poverty;
Conservatives ignore Poverty Reduction and Inequality
(small PDF file)
News Release
April 28, 2011
Toronto – Citing the persistence of poverty and growing gap between the rich and poor across Canada, national anti-poverty coalition Campaign 2000 today expressed satisfaction that three out of four parties have committed to a poverty reduction plan.

Addressing Child and Family Poverty in Canada: Where do the parties stand?
Campaign 2000 sent a letter with 10 key questions [ small PDF file : English -Français ] on poverty to the leaders of all parties. Based on the responses from each of the federal parties, Campaign 2000 put together a summary of the answers in a grid, outlining where each federal party stands on poverty.

Grid of party platforms on poverty-related issues (PDF - 72K, 2 pages)

Summary of party platforms on poverty-related issues (PDF - 85K, 10 pages)
* Commit to reducing child and family poverty by 25% in five years and 50% in 10 years
* Raise the Canada Child Tax Benefit to $5,400 ($2011). End the clawback by provincial governments for those receiving social assistance.
* A system of affordable, high quality, public and not-for-profit early childhood education and care accessible to all children: by 2020 including a policy framework with goals and objectives, targets and timelines, recognizing provincial and territorial roles and responsibilities.
* Develop a national strategy for affordable housing enshrined in legislation including substantial federal funding for social housing.
* All those working full-time, full-year guaranteed a life free from poverty. Re-establish the federal minimum wage to at least $11. per hour (2011$) and indexed annually to inflation. Development of strategies to achieve sustaining employment and liveable incomes. Increase WITB to $2,400 for all employed adults.

Campaign 2000
Campaign 2000 is a cross-Canada public education movement to build Canadian awareness and support for the 1989 all-party House of Commons resolution to end child poverty in Canada by the year 2000.


Is Stephen Harper a hologram?
Rick Mercer on what he learned on the campaign trail with the party leaders

by Rick Mercer
April 28, 2011
(... )My time with Harper on the road was excruciating for the Tories. Abortion, kickbacks, failed teleprompters and low turnouts—what saved the day was Harper’s successful high-profile interview with Peter Mansbridge.
Michael Ignatieff had the converse experience. He travelled the country and gave barn-burner performances, but when the lights came on in the studio with Mansbridge, Ignatieff dug up the corpse of the coalition and danced it around the room. A thousand speeches in a thousand hockey rinks won’t make up for that. And Jack Layton is a great campaigner but a good speech in Gatineau doesn’t put the NDP in first place in Quebec. Jack made that happen on French debate night. Again, it’s the air war.


Tories compiled Harper's most controversial quotes
April 25, 2011
A 500-page dossier of potentially damaging remarks by Stephen Harper has hit the election campaign, but don't blame the opposition parties — it was prepared by the Conservatives. The thick binder of material, obtained by the Liberals, is a treasure trove of controversial Harper quotes, listed alphabetically by subject matter. It covers everything from abortion to western alienation and dates as far back as the 1980s.

[ comments (936) ]

The Harper quotes dossier: a sample
April 25, 2011

The Canadian Press


What's new from the
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

April 25, 2011

* Child care report card: Harper's score 'unsatisfactory' - 20 Apr 11
- Code Blue for Child Care has released a report card grading the Canada-wide parties' child care election promises.

* Federal election 2011: Women's equality
20 Apr 11
- CUPE fact sheet reviews the federal government's record on women's issues, provides statistics on the status of Canadian women and proposes ideas on how to do better.

* Community plan for a public system of integrated early care and learning
20 Apr 11
- Plan developed by the Coalition of Child Care Advocates BC and Early Childhood Educators BC offers "provides a framework for significant and lasting system change in British Columbia."

* National child care program needed
[Canada] 20 Apr 11

* Youth Nation question of the day: Do you support the creation of a national strategy for childcare?
[Canada] 20 Apr 11

* We need a child care plan that covers the real costs
[Canada] 15 Apr 11

* Time is right for a national child care plan
[Canada] 10 Apr 11


Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF)
LEAF is the only national organization in Canada that exists to ensure the equality rights of women and girls under the law
- home page includes links to :
* About * Litigation * Get Involved * News & Events * Resources * Publications * Contact LEAF

* LEAF election 2011 coverage


The Ad Hoc Coalition for Women's Equality and Human Rights
The Ad Hoc Coalition for Women's Equality and Human Rights came together in 2006. International Women’s Week 2007 was the beginning of an ongoing campaign to reverse the Harper cuts and pressure the federal government and the opposition to commit to concrete and meaningful measures to advance women’s equality in Canada.
- home page includes links to:
* home * election 2011 * in action * about us * cookbook for women's equality * order materials * resources * links * contact

* Election 2011 coverage


Dignity for All

Election Coverage 2011: Party Platforms & Poverty (PDF - 392K, 6 pages)
By Megan Yarema, Dignity for All
April 20, 2011
Poverty is complex and multi-faceted. In order to unpack the party platforms a little further, the Dignity for All campaign has identified nine key issues
that relate directly to the attainment of campaign goals: poverty strategy, housing, early childhood education and care, income supports, pensions and seniors, tax benefits, employment, education, and healthcare. We’ve examined the party platforms and related initiatives to see which party has specific poverty efforts developed within each category. All information contained in this document was obtained from political party websites (limited to information on their own party) and media articles.
Election 2011: Poverty in Canada, part III

See also:

* Election 2011: Poverty in Canada, part II:
The Party Platforms on Fighting Poverty

April 15, 2011

* Election 2011: Poverty in Canada
April 12, 2011

The Dignity for All Campaign calls for vigorous and sustained action
by the federal government to combat the structural causes of poverty in Canada.


Citizens for Public Justice

* Election 2011: Some More Issues
April 21, 2011
Over the years, Canadian churches, Christian organizations, and other social justice advocates have provided valuable analysis on a range of issues of concern to Canadians. Throughout this election campaign, CPJ has shared our perspectives on a number of key issues. Now, recognizing that there are issues of interest beyond the scope of our work, we’ve compiled a survey of some of the major themes worthy of consideration that are being highlighted by our colleague organizations.
- includes resources on the following topics:
* Every Voter Wants to Make a Difference
* Tough on Crime, but at what Expense?
* Canada’s North
* Human Trafficking
* Afghanistan
* International Development
* Coalition Government

* Election 2011: Aboriginal Issues - Canadian Issues?
April 21, 2011

* Election 2011 Canadian Refugee Policy: Looking Back, Looking Forward
April 14, 2011

* Election 2011: Regional Perspectives
April 14, 2011

* Election 2011 Housing: Easier to forget for some than others
April 4, 2011

Citizens for Public Justice
Our mission is to promote public justice in Canada by shaping key public policy debates through research and analysis, publishing and public dialogue. CPJ encourages citizens, leaders in society and governments to support policies and practices which reflect God’s call for love, justice and stewardship.


NDP Surge to Second Place Nationally and First in Quebec as Liberals Stumble, Bloc Collapse
Conservatives Cruising to Victory With 43%Support, NDP (24%) and Liberals (21%) Battle it Out for Second Place
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Toronto, ON – A new Ipsos Reid poll on Canada's Federal Election has captured the collapse of the Bloc vote in Quebec that has catapulted Jack Layton's NDP into first place there and second place nationally as the Liberals sink to third place. What this suggests is that with this new political landscape, Stephen Harper's Conservatives may well be headed for a solid majority government while the Ignatieff Liberals may not yet have hit bottom with just over a week to go.
If the election were held tomorrow, the Conservatives would receive 43% of the vote among decided voters, up 2 points from two weeks ago. Further, 45% believe that ‘the Conservative Party under Stephen Harper has done a good job and deserves re-election’, which, if translated into votes, would likely secure a majority government.
Ipsos Reid


Up, down, no change? Conflicting election polls confusing, headache-inducing
By Joan Bryden
April 20, 2011
OTTAWA - A new poll suggests the NDP is on a roll, surging to a second-place tie with the once mighty Liberal party. No, wait. A new poll suggests the NDP is running slightly behind its fourth-place finish in the last election. Or maybe it's slightly ahead. Or maybe nothing's changed. Voters trying to make sense of the raft of contradictory daily public opinion polls during this federal election campaign are likely to wind up with a migraine. So who among the plethora of pollsters should they believe?
"Nobody," says veteran pollster Allan Gregg, an outspoken critic of his own industry and chairman of Harris-Decima, which conducts polls for The Canadian Press.
As far as Gregg is concerned, the election campaign has magnified problems with political polling: methodological issues that are skewing the results of both telephone and online surveys; commercial pressures that are prompting pollsters to over-hype their surveys; and an unholy alliance with journalists who routinely misconstrue data and ignore margins of error.
Winnipeg Free Press


Video: Margaret Atwood on the 'Dictato-meter'
April 21, 2011
Margaret Atwood visits The Globe and Mail's Editorial Board and explains her idea for a 'Dictato-meter'.
Globe and Mail

COMMENT : Kudos to Margaret Atwood for reminding us that this election isn't about the economy or stability or bickering in the House of Commons --- it's about the party in power being found in contempt of Parliament and the Prime Minister being unacceptably less than open with and accountable to the Canadian public.
[ Gilles ]


Citizens for Public Justice

Election 2011: Fighting poverty – the party platforms
April 13, 2011
How we treat our most vulnerable citizens says a lot about our country and its values. The same is true of governments. Citizens for Public Justice, along with our partners in the Dignity for All campaign, have long called for vigorous and sustained action by the federal government to combat poverty in Canada. (...) So how do the political parties currently vying for our votes specifically plan to address poverty in Canada?
Citizens for Public Justice


Canadian Federal Election
OLA! is the CPJ's monthly update. You can subscribe to OLA!
During the federal election campaign. OLA is posted weekly; the first four weeks of Election 2011 OLA appear below.

Election 2011 Ola! - Week Four
Election 2011: The Disappearance of Debate on Health Care
Election 2008: What Happened to Health Care?
If you want to be healthy, try not being poor
Canada’s Well-Being Deficit
Questions for candidates
Party websites
Election links
Election 2011 Ola! - Week Three
Election 2011: Fighting poverty – the party platforms
A time for inspired leadership and action
You don’t always get what you want…
Still waiting for recovery: Recession increases poverty rate in Canada
By what measure?
Questions for candidates

Election 2011 Ola! - Week Two
Election 2011: Democracy, accountability and public justice
CPJ calls media consortium to respect democracy
Accountability is more than accounting
Citizenship as Ministry
Collaborative government: Are coalitions the answer?
The World Needs Our Voices
Public justice questions

Election 2011 Ola! - Week One
Election 2011: A public justice perspective
The issues
Dignity for All
New neighbours
The environment

All back issues of OLA!
- including a weekly election update for the 2008 federal election like the one above.

CPJ's election coverage also includes a collection of links to other NGO sites and documents related to the 2011 federal election.
[This link takes you further down on the page you're now reading.]

April 20, 2011
Stephen Harper : “I don’t accept that question.”
Canadian Public : "We don't accept that answer."

Opposition not prepared to work with minority government: Harper
April 20, 2011
RIVIERE-DU-LOUP, QUE.—Conservative leader Stephen Harper says he doesn’t believe opposition parties are prepared to work with him if he forms a minority government on May 2.
Asked if it wasn’t his responsibility to introduce an agenda acceptable to all parties in the House of Commons if he gets another minority mandate, Harper said, “I don’t accept that question.”

He was responding to Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff who told CBC in an interview Tuesday that it would be Harper’s job to seek agreement of all parties if he wants to continue governing. If Harper can’t do that, Ignatieff said, the Governor General could then ask the second-place party to try to form a government.
Toronto Star


COMMENT [by Gilles]:
I don't know how that maverick managed to infiltrate a gathering of the Harper Sycophant Club without being screened out for daring to ask a simple question of Saint Stephen the Living Saint. Even within the constraint of his "four-question rule" (no more than four questions from the audience & media at any one event), The Saint managed to portray Himself as dismissive, rude and autocratic. "I don't accept that question" is not an acceptable answer.
Smarten up.

Harper’s Index
The Harper Government by the numbers
April 16, 2011
* Number of open-to-the- public campaign events that Michael Ignatieff has held so far this campaign: 39
* Number of open events that Stephen Harper has held: Zero
* Number of votes cast by students at the University Guelph that the Conservative Party tried to have rejected through a legal challenge: 700
* Amount spent by John Baird and Tony Clement on “G8 Legacy Fund” projects: $45.7 million
* Percentage of the funds used to build G8 “legacy” projects in Tony Clement’s riding that were misappropriated from the Border Infrastructure Fund: 100%
* Amount approved by Parliament for the “G8 Legacy Fund”: $0
* more...
Liberal Party of Canada (LPC)

Also from LPC:

Rise up, Canada (3-min. video)
Michael Ignatieff
April 16, 2011

April 16, 2011
From the

Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

Federal election 2011: What do the party platforms say?
13 Apr 11
- CRRU has gathered links to the parties' election platforms and highlighted excerpts from their ECEC platforms or related family policies where included.

Code Blue for Child Care
13 Apr 11
- New website from Code Blue for Child Care campaigning for political parties to make child care a central issue in the federal election.

Federal election 2011: Early childhood education and care
13 Apr 11
- Fact sheet from the Canadian Union of Public Employees reviews the Conservative government's record on ECEC and provides a plan for how the federal government could build a child care system.

· Sault federal election candidates discuss childcare
[CA] 13 Apr 11

· A moving target: federal parties aim for the family
[CA] 13 Apr 11

· Struggling NBers see hope in parties' pledges
[CA-NB] 12 Apr 11

· Lapses in childcare are unacceptable
[AU] 11 Apr 11

· The foundation is finally ready to build national child care
[CA] 7 Apr 11

Selected media coverage of the French leaders' debate


French debate stirs up Que. constitution issue
Harper, Ignatieff say issue not a priority

Apr 13, 2011
The leaders' French-language debate sparked heated exchanges on Quebec's identity, stirred up more coalition talk and jousting over Canada's military and spending priorities as the party chiefs sparred for a second night.
- includes a link to the complete video of the two-hour French debate with translation dubbed in, and another link to a three-minute video of the leaders' closing statements.


* French-language debate video clips (with translation)


From the
Globe and Mail:

* English v. French: Comparing the party leaders' debate performances

* Scatological attack on Stephen Harper’s record goes viral


Reportages en français:

Reportage de
Le Soleil

[ Cybrepresse ]

Débat des chefs: quatre à se battre
Le 14 avril 2011
(Québec) Autre langue, autre stratégie. Reflet de sondages différents au Québec, le débat en français a donné lieu à une lutte à quatre sans coup d'éclat plutôt qu'à une simple chasse à Stephen Harper, hier.


de Cybrepresse:

* Le débat de ce soir vu par nos experts

* Harmonisation des taxes: le PC et le NPD s'engageront dans leur plateforme

* Débats: quel débat des chefs? Vos points de vue

* Québec, le grand absent

* Tout repose sur Jack Layton

Selected media coverage of the English leaders' debate
(All articles below were posted on April 12 and 13, 2011)

From the
Toronto Star:

* Under attack in debate, Harper asks Canadians for majority

* Ignatieff throws his chips behind the character issue

* Economy on everyone’s tongue during showdown

* The best (and worst) of the debate

* Best quotes from the debate

* A leaders' debate scorecard

* Harper and Ignatieff had six minutes to hammer out truth

* RECAP: Federal Leaders' Debate


From the
Globe and Mail:

* Debate a feisty showdown that likely changed few minds
It may be enough for another Conservative win – just not the kind Harper covets

* HEAD TO HEAD No clear winner in Harper and Ignatieff’s six-minute showdown

* GLOBE EDITORIAL The leaders' debate had policy, but left Canadians in search of passion


From the
National Post:

* Harper deploys Iron Dome to deflect opposition missiles

* Chris Selley: Ignatieff sticks to script, misses opportunity to close gap on Harper

* John Ivison on the debate: Harper won by avoiding blunders



* REALITY CHECK Blog: Fact-checking the leaders' debate
- Recommended!!

* Debate: Highlight reel (video)
Key moments from the 2011 English-language leaders' debate.

* Leaders make debate pitches, trade barbs
Under attack, Harper appeals for Tory majority

* LEADERS' DEBATE: Replay our live chat and watch the full video on-demand

* Social media: The leaders' English-language debate

* YOUR TAKE Blog: What Canadians are really saying

* MY ELECTION: Riding profiles, candidates and voting information



* Leaders prep for Round 2 after squaring off in debate
- includes an article with highlights of the debate AND a four-minute clip from CTV's national news (Lisa Laflamme and Lloyd Robertson)

* What were the most-used words of the debate?

* Election 2011 : Debate on Demand
- Watch the entire leaders' debate or just the issues that matter to you.


From the
Canadian Daily Digest:

43 links to media coverage of the April 12 leaders' debate

Election 2011: Fighting poverty – the party platforms
April 13, 2011
How we treat our most vulnerable citizens says a lot about our country and its values. The same is true of governments. Citizens for Public Justice, along with our partners in the Dignity for All campaign, have long called for vigorous and sustained action by the federal government to combat poverty in Canada. (...) So how do the political parties currently vying for our votes specifically plan to address poverty in Canada?
Citizens for Public Justice

Dare Labs and Optimum PR
Launch the Social Election Experiment

Press Release
April 13, 2011
Can the number of likes a candidate has on Facebook indicate their chances of winning the 2011 Canadian Federal election? That’s what the teams at Optimum PR and Dare Labs in Vancouver wanted to find out, so they have joined forces to create The Social Election Experiment:

Since there are now over 16 Million Facebook users in Canada, the teams at Dare and Optimum PR decided to look at Facebook support (”likes”) for candidates in each of the 308 ridings across Canada - in real time. They will be tracking the race dynamically, and showing a snapshot of where each candidate stands in every race across the country and any changes in daily trends.

The Social Election Experiment

Children and the 2011 Federal Election (PDF - 151K, 2 pages)
By Kathy Vandergrift
April 13, 2011
Canadians under 18 cannot vote, but federal policies affect their lives. They represent one quarter of Canada’s population. There is a lot of talk about families in this election, but not all family policies have the same impact for children. The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children hopes you will use your voice and vote to support the rights of children in Canada.
Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children
The Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children (CCRC) is a network of Canadian organizations and individuals who promote respect for the rights of children. Its purpose is to: exchange information; provide public education materials about the Convention on the Rights of the Child; monitor implementation of the Convention in Canada; and engage in dialogue with government officials on child rights issues.

Having Their Cake and Eating It Too:
Business Profits, Taxes, and Investment in Canada: 1961 Through 2010
(PDF - 955K, 38 pages)
By Jim Stanford
April 13, 2011
This study examines historical data on business investment and cash flow from 1961 through 2010, and, using econometric techniques, finds no evidence in the historical data that lower taxes have directly stimulated more investment.
[ Related news release ]
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Are the federal parties putting their money where their mouths are?
April 12, 2011
On the CCPA federal election blog, research associate David MacDonald takes a look at what the four major national federal parties are saying in their platforms vs. what they actually want to spend money on.

For each party he's created two wordles or word charts, to illustrate:
* Conservative Party
* New Democratic Party
* Liberal Party
* Green Party

Making it Count!
Countdown to the Federal Election

[ Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives ]

April 12, 2011

From the
Toronto Star:

[ Both articles below include links to a half-dozen related articles. ]

Tories under attack over bombshell G8 spending report
April 11, 2011
Tonda MacCharles and Joanna Smith
OTTAWA—An explosive report suggesting the Conservative government misinformed Parliament about wasteful G8 summit spending has put leader Stephen Harper on the defensive as he heads into crucial election debates.
Just as the mid-campaign revelation of an RCMP investigation into leaks of income trust tax changes derailed the Liberals in 2006, the story has the potential to destabilize the Harper campaign.
[ Comments (581) ]


Fraser says Tories misused old quote to justify G8/G20 spending
April 11, 2011
By Les Whittington
OTTAWA—Auditor General Sheila Fraser is rebuking the Conservatives for using an old quote of hers praising the Liberals as proof she approved of last year’s G8/G20 spending by the Tories. In another twist in the summit spending uproar, Fraser is demanding that the quote cited by the Tories be removed from a recent report by a Commons committee that studied how the Harper government spent $1.2 billion on the Muskoka and Toronto summits.

[ Comments (31) ]

Sheila Fraser for Prime Minister!!

Canada’s corporate tax policy sustains child poverty
April 10, 2011
By Simon Rosenblum and Sid Frankel
During the federal election campaign, it is important to remember that Canada already has one of the lower corporate tax rates in the western world. Now the Conservatives want to lower it even further. Canada also has one of the highest rates of child poverty in the western world. Why can’t we be one of the lowest? It’s a question of priorities — fiscal priorities. Surely that is the nub of the question.
[ Comments (12) ]
Toronto Star

See also:

Canadians for Tax Fairness

Mulroney shows his unease with Harper's Tories
April 10, 2011
Mulroney advice to Harper:
“There are big ideas out there. Popularity is meaningless unless you use it to do big and good things for your country and for the people of Canada.
Toronto Star

Are we going to reward contempt of Parliament?
By Dan Gardner
April 6, 2011
Yet another Harper minority?
"The status quo is just not tenable, for anybody," says Peter Russell, professor emeritus at the University of Toronto and one of the country's most respected political scientists. But a Conservative majority would be worse. "It would send a bad message about Parliamentary democracy if a government brought down for contempt, very serious contempt, on the finding of a Speaker, is rewarded with a majority. I think it would encourage Mr. Harper and maybe those after him to be contemptuous of Parliament. And then I think we're in real trouble."
Ah, yes. The small matter of contempt.
it seems most of the public either does not know or does not care that Canada's head of government has repeatedly lied about Canada's Constitution. Nor are they concerned that the government has shown so little respect for the constitutional order that Parliament was forced to find it in contempt. In the week following Parliament's historic condemnation of the Harper government, polls showed support for the Conservatives either stayed flat in the high 30s or rose into the low 40s. If that's how Canadians vote on May 2, we'll get a Conservative majority. Contempt for Parliament will be rewarded. And then, as Peter Russell suggests, we'll be in real trouble.
Ottawa Citizen

A colourful Commons: Canada's `pizza' parliament now the norm
By Richard Foote
April 1, 2011
``There is a blue door. There is a red door,'' said Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff, explaining - as if he'd stepped out of a time machine - the two apparent choices facing voters at the start of the federal election campaign.
But the truth is there will be countless options for Canadians on the ballot this spring, and at least four parties - five if the Green Party ekes out a win - will capture seats in the next Parliament, just as they have in the past.

Summary of the 100 Undemocratic and
Accountability Loopholes in Canada's Federal Government

- includes links to source material and
related resources, organized under the following themes:
* Citizen Empowerment / General Government Accountability loopholes
* Honesty in Politics loopholes
* Cabinet appointments and hiring loopholes
* Government Ethics loopholes
* Lobbying Regulation loopholes
* Open Government loopholes
* Whistleblower Protection loopholes
* Elections Law loopholes
* Money in Politics loopholes
* Government Spending loopholes
* Senate Accountability loopholes

Democracy Watch
Democracy Watch is a national non-profit, non-partisan organization, and Canada's leading citizen group advocating democratic reform, government accountability and corporate responsibility.

Also from Democracy Watch:

The Harper Conservatives are >NOT< committed to open, honest, ethical government
News Release
December 17, 2010
* Federal Conservatives' Accountability and Democratic Reform Record Gets An "F" For Breaking Many Promises and Practising Politics As Usual.
* Four Years After Federal Accountability Act Became Law, Dishonesty, Conflicts of Interest, Excessive Secrecy, Unlimited Donations and Patronage All Still Legal.
* Another, Stronger Accountability Act Needed To Close 100 Remaining Loopholes and Flaws

All political parties ignoring poverty: researchers
March 30, 2011
The political stripe of a government does not help people affected by poverty, according to researchers at the University of Windsor in Ontario. Two social work professors in Windsor conducted a 10-year study on the effectiveness of government policies on poverty reduction. The researchers found little improvement across all 10 provinces, regardless of which party was in power.
CBC News

March 30, 2011
New from the
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA):

The CCPA has launched a federal election blog to bring you expert analysis on the issues that will—or should—define the election.

Making It Count features timely commentary from CCPA staff and research associates, who will be weighing in everything from the economy and federal finances to the social and environmental challenges facing our country.

Selected posts:
* Right Idea, Wrong Vehicle for Post-Secondary Education Funding - Erika Shaker (March 29)
* Election Stimulus - David MacDonald (March 28)
* Income Splitting: A Bad Idea Returns - Erin Weir (March 28)

And don't miss CCPA Senior Economist Armine Yalnizyan's article on The Globe and Mail website, which takes to task one of Harper's first election campaign promises.

Income splitting won't help families in need
By Armine Yalnizyan
Globe and Mail Blog
March 28

Harper confirms Canadians heading to polls May 2
March 26
[NOTE: content subject to change.]
Canadians will go to the polls on May 2, Stephen Harper announced Saturday morning after visiting Gov. Gen. David Johnston and asking to have Parliament officially dissolved.The move comes after MPs voted Friday in favour of a Liberal motion that said Parliament had lost confidence in the government. The motion cited a ruling earlier in the week that found the Conservatives in contempt of Parliament.

From CBC News:

Vote Compass - Whose views are most like yours?
Take this short survey to see which party leader's views are most similar to yours.
[OMG, I'm Green!]

Vote Compass uncovers your political stripe
Survey pinpoints party closest to your stand on major issues
March 26, 2011

Some criticisms of the CBC’s Vote Compass
- from the Pundits' Guide to Canadian Federal Elections

A voter-powered campaign to Defeat the Harper Conservatives

Catch 22 Harper Conservatives is a national, grassroots, pro-democracy campaign to help defeat the Conservative government in the next election. The campaign is not affiliated with any political party or organization.

Catch 22 strategy aims to vote out Stephen Harper government
By Carlito Pablo
February 3, 2011
In 2008, the Straight said strategic voting could stymie Stephen Harper. Prime Minister Stephen Harper is facing a “Catch 22”. But this isn’t the kind of double bind situation meant by the phrase taken from Joseph Heller’s 1961 novel Catch-22. It’s a grassroots campaign that seeks to drive the Harper government out of Ottawa. The game plan: unseat at least 22 Conservative MPs by endorsing an opposition candidate who has the best chance of winning a seat in the next election. Going by the name Catch 22 Harper Conservatives, the movement’s list has grown to 32 Conservative-held ridings across the country, including four in B.C.
[ Comments (22) ]
The Georgia Straight

The Harper Record:
Accountability and Transparency?

Twenty-Five reasons Stephen Harper is bad for Canada
1. Found to be in contempt of Canadian parliament in March 2011
2. Cheated in the 2006 Election
3. Turned Canada's Surplus into Debt
4. Wants US-style bank deregulation
5. Opposes Medicare
6. Harper shut down Parliament. Twice.
7. Wants to replace the stable CPP with the untested PRPP.
8. Shut down Women's and Minority advocacy groups
9. The Economic Action plan has been to the benefit of the super rich
10. Fraud (Bruce Carson)
Click the link above to see all 25 reasons Harper is bad for Canada
+ links to sources (mostly media) for each of the 25 reasons.

NOTE: I found the above list on the Why Not Harper website [ ] , which was launched before the 2011 federal election. The site is based on the information collected by

Related link:

Project Democracy
Canadians don’t have an electoral system that directly reflects the ballot box. With our 'first-past-the-post' electoral system, vote splitting means Canadians end up with a majority Harper Government with as little as 35 percent of the popular vote. This is not the outcome most Canadians want, and avoiding it requires voter knowledge and cooperation.


The descent of democracy:
A country under one man’s thumb
By Lawrence Martin
April 27, 2011
Can we still call this a parliamentary democracy? Or is it something more akin to a democracy of one? More and more, Stephen Harper’s critics are asking the question. There is a widespread view among political scientists and constitutional scholars that the prime minister, with his l’etat c’est moi methods, has brought Canadian democracy to new lows. Canadians themselves may be starting to feel that way. Pollster Angus Reid found this week that 62 per cent of Canadians surveyed described our democracy as being in a state of crisis. For the first time in many elections, democracy is a foremost issue. (...) The state of democracy now [under Stephen Harper] is such that the civil service is subjugated, the committee system weakened, watchdogs anemic, independent agencies intimidated, information less available, the prime minister’s own party in servitude, political parties soon — if Harper gets his way — to be stripped of public funding.
Source: - informative, insightful, influential
NOTE: includes a damning list of examples of Stephen Harper's autocratic style in many areas along with his scornful disdain for the Canadian parliamentary traditions


Are we going to reward contempt of Parliament?
By Dan Gardner
April 6, 2011
Yet another Harper minority?
"The status quo is just not tenable, for anybody," says Peter Russell, professor emeritus at the University of Toronto and one of the country's most respected political scientists. But a Conservative majority would be worse. "It would send a bad message about Parliamentary democracy if a government brought down for contempt, very serious contempt, on the finding of a Speaker, is rewarded with a majority. I think it would encourage Mr. Harper and maybe those after him to be contemptuous of Parliament. And then I think we're in real trouble."
Ah, yes. The small matter of contempt.
it seems most of the public either does not know or does not care that Canada's head of government has repeatedly lied about Canada's Constitution. Nor are they concerned that the government has shown so little respect for the constitutional order that Parliament was forced to find it in contempt. In the week following Parliament's historic condemnation of the Harper government, polls showed support for the Conservatives either stayed flat in the high 30s or rose into the low 40s. If that's how Canadians vote on May 2, we'll get a Conservative majority. Contempt for Parliament will be rewarded. And then, as Peter Russell suggests, we'll be in real trouble.
Ottawa Citizen


Silencing Dissent: The Conservative Record
by Maria Gergin
April 6, 2011
The Harper Government's transgressions and shortcomings, organized by area:
Human Rights Advocacy Organizations - International Development - Women’s Rights Advocacy -Immigrant Organizations - Internal Individual Dissent - Administrative Tribunals - Academic Freedom
- includes a list of 79 organizations which have been cancelled or defunded, and 14 civil servants, scientists, and organizations/watchdogs whose staff have been fired, publicly silenced, or who have resigned in protest since 2006.

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)


Why Stop Harper! - Blog
This website will focus on the more than 100 reasons that Canadian voters should not support Stephen Harper's Conservative Party in the next election.
The government drastically cut funding for Status of Women Canada and even took the word “equality” out of its mandate. He has eroded pay equity, calling it “a rip off.” In spite of the fact that the House of Commons has been calling for a comprehensive national strategy to combat violence against women since 2008, the government has failed to act.


Stephen Harper’s Assault on Democracy
Murray Dobbin details the harm Prime Minister Stephen Harper is doing to the political and social fabric of Canada in a new, hard-hitting essay commissioned by the Council of Canadians titled Harper’s Hitlist: Power, Process and the Assault on Democracy.
- includes links to individual files for each of the 10 parts of the report.

Stephen Harper’s Hitlist:
Power, Process and the Assault on Democracy
(PDF - 683K, 36 pages)
April 2010
Table of contents:
Part 1 - Stephen Harper’s Assault on Democracy
Part 2 - Two Prorogations in Less Than a Year
Part 3 - Thwarting Democracy
Part 4 - Controlling Critics
Part 5 - Manipulating and Muzzling the Media
Part 6 - A Personal Agenda
Part 7 - Failing to Protect Canadian Citizens
Part 8 - Harper Attacks Rights
Part 9 - Political Advocacy Under Fire
Part 10 - Conclusion

Council of Canadians
Founded in 1985, the Council of Canadians is Canada’s largest citizens’ organization, with members and chapters across the country. We work to protect Canadian independence by promoting progressive policies on fair trade, clean water, energy security, public health care, and other issues of social and economic concern to Canadians.

[ Author Murray Dobbin has been a freelance journalist, broadcaster and author for thirty-five years. He is also a leading activist and analyst in the movement against corporate globalization. He has written extensively on various trade agreements and their impact on democracy and on neo-liberalism’s attack on social programs. He is a past executive board member of the Council of Canadians. ]


Ten reasons to oppose the Harper candidate in your riding
By Kathleen O'Hara
The following is designed not to insult or ridicule the Harper Conservatives -- it is to show accurately and honestly why the Tories shouldn't run or represent Canada. Stephen Harper promised to "change the face of Canada" so drastically we wouldn't recognize it. He has succeeded and Canadians must decide if that is really what they want.
January 5, 2011

Also from

Stephen Harper's firing range:
A list of 87 organizations and people attacked in five years

By Dennis Gruending
April 1, 2011
The Conservative government, or the Harper government as it insists upon being called, has either fallen or engineered its own defeat and the election is upon us. This is perhaps a good time to take stock of who the Harperites have spent their time attacking in the past several years. They have also lavished favour on their own, appointing them to be judges, to the Immigration Review Board, the CRTC or other federal agencies. The list of organizations that have been shut down and cut back, and the individuals bullied, is a long one and we can expect it to grow if, as seems likely, Harper is reelected. - Keep tabs on Parliament.
View the performance of your MP in the last Parliamentary session, the status of Bills and Debates

CBC News Inside Politics Blog

Canada Election 2011
* 41st Federal Election Information
* CBC News Politics
(updated daily)
* CTV News Politics (updated daily)
* Party Standings
* Polls & Projections
* Canada Election 2011 and Twitter
* Visitor Poll
* Canada Election 2008
* Federal Election History Since 1867
* Federal Politics
* Links


Registered Political Parties' Fourth Quarter Financial Returns for 2010 Now On-line
February 1, 2011
News Release
OTTAWA, Tuesday, February 1, 2011 — The Chief Electoral Officer of Canada, Marc Mayrand, announced today that the registered parties' fourth quarter financial returns for 2010 are now available on the Elections Canada Web site.
Elections Canada


2008 federal election links, to help refresh
your memory about coalitions and Inglourious Basterds
(no, not the movie):

2008 federal election links (almost 400 links)
- A Canadian Social Research Links page


How did your neighbourhood vote in the 2008 federal election? (Requires Google Earth on your computer.)
Google Earth map of the entire country that catalogues exactly how the country voted in 2008.
Choose any riding in Canada from the drop-down list near the top of the page to see how your neighbours voted, right down to a few city blocks!
[ Version française : Comment votre voisinage a-t-il voté en 2008? ]


Tories begin battle against coalition
December 2, 2008
That's when the Conservatives added "The Separatist Coalition" to their Book of Vitriol.

And this, from Ed Broadbent
(one of my personal heroes), the next day:

Harper 'lies' about coalition details: [Ed] Broadbent
December 3, 2008
PM 'shameful' in portraying crisis as national unity issue, former NDP leader says


The source of the two links above is a CBC collection of
Liberal/NDP/BQ Coalition crisis stories (Nov/Dec 2008)

50+ links to CBC articles, from the government's economic update in November 2008 to Stéphane Dion's announcement in December 2008 that he would step aside as Liberal Party leader. If you were curious enough to click the two links above, you'll *definitely* want to follow this source link (you coalition junky, you).
CBC News


Canada Votes 2008 - from CBC


Federal Election 2008 - from CTV


Daily Digest for October 11, 2008
- 150+ links to articles


Registered Political Parties for the 2008 General Election

Conservative Party of Canada
(a.k.a. The Harper Government)

The Conservative Party Platform:

Here for Canada : Stephen Harper's
Low-Tax Plan for Jobs and Economic Growth
(5.1MB, 67 pages)
"In this election, Canadians will choose between principled leadership and opportunism; between a stable government and a reckless coalition; between a low-tax plan for jobs and growth and a high-tax agenda that will stall our recovery, kill jobs, and set you and your family back. It’s a clear choice, a real choice – and it couldn’t be more important."

News Release:
Stephen Harper : Here for Canada
April 8, 2011
Today, Prime Minister Stephen Harper unveiled his “Here for Canada” Conservative policy platform. The platform provides Canadians with a prudent low-tax plan to protect and create jobs by completing our recovery from the global economic recession. “Here for Canada” commits to eliminating the deficit by the 2014-2015 fiscal year without cutting transfer payments to individuals or to the provinces. And it contains concrete measures to secure Canada’s borders and keep our streets and neighbourhoods safe.
The “Here for Canada” plan focuses on five key priorities:
1. Creating jobs through training, trade and low taxes.
2. Supporting families through our Family Tax Cut and more support for seniors and caregivers.
3. Eliminating the deficit by 2014-2015 by controlling spending and cutting waste.
4. Making our streets safe through new laws to protect children and the elderly.
5. Standing on guard for Canada by investing in the development of Canada’s North, cracking down on human smuggling and strengthening the Canadian Armed Forces.

Conservative Party of Canada


Media coverage and analysis:

CBC News

Conservative Party platform: Is it enough to win your vote?
April 8, 2011
The Conservative Party launched its platform Friday, promising job creation, support for seniors, a plan to cut the deficit, crime laws amendments and investment in the North. Party leader Stephen Harper released the plan, called "Here for Canada," in Mississauga, Ont., on Friday morning. Among other things, the plan pledges:
An omnibus law-and-order bill that will wrap together 11 pieces of legislation the party was unable to pass previously.
* $40 million in funding over four years to fix and maintain small craft harbours that have been damaged in recent storms.
* A doubling of the tax-free savings account annual limit to $10,000.
* An income-splitting plan for double-income households and new fitness-related tax credits.
* The platform promises will not come into effect until the deficit is eliminated, which the Tories now estimate will be in 2014-2015


From the
Toronto Star:

Tories vow to tackle federal deficit through aggressive spending cuts
MISSISSAUGA—The Conservative party is pledging to eliminate the record federal deficit that it created one year earlier than forecasted in order to deliver on its $6.6 billion platform of tax cuts and modest spending. Party leader Stephen Harper is asking Canadians to undergo three-years of fiscal pain, during which the Tories plan to free up $11 billion in spending, before they will see any personal pocketbook gains. The upside of the financial detritus that the global recession left behind – the reason for Harper’s delayed campaign promises – is that the belt-tightening exercise could finally deliver on the Conservative party’s long-term goal. (...) In contrast to the Conservatives, the Liberal platform plans to roll back corporate tax cuts and recoup about $8 billion for the federal treasury. That money will go to a more generous spending program aimed at families, students and seniors.


From the
Globe and Mail:

Tories pledge to tackle deficit a year ahead of schedule
April 8, 2011
Stephen Harper is promising to eliminate the federal deficit one year earlier than planned by squeezing $4-billion in additional savings from Ottawa as part of his re-election platform.
Using an Oprah-style talk-show format, the Conservative Leader unveiled his basket of retail-politics promises at a Mississauga, Ont., rally Friday morning.


How Will The Conservative Numbers Add Up?
April 8, 2011
By Andrew Jackson
If you head to the end of the Conservative platform, you will find that they plan to add almost $1 Billion in net new spending/tax cuts in 2014-15, rising to $3.1 Billion in 2015-16, while still balancing the Budget in 2014-15. The new spending is on income splitting for families with children, fitness tax credits, new spending related to the crime agenda, and some other items. While contingent on balancing the Budget, a real political commitment has been made. Does it all add up? Not without some draconian spending cuts that we won’t find out about till after the election.
Making It Count!


The Real Conservative Party Policy Regarding Women's Equality


Liberal Party of Canada




The Liberal Party Platform - April 3, 2011
Message from Michael Ignatieff:
It’s time to put equal opportunity back at the centre of our idea of Canada.

NOTE: This page contains the same introductory message from Michael Ignatieff as the one that appears in the Intro to the platform (PDF link below). But it also includes "What we stand for" (right-hand margin of the page), which is a collection of quicklinks to 18 summary pages organized under the following headings:
* Economy: Better Choices* Families, Finances, Future * Clean Environment * Bringing Canadians Together* Canada in the World * Costing Tables

The Platform:

Your Family. Your Future. Your Canada.
Full text
(PDF - 5.8MB, 98 pages)
Summary (PDF - 1.8MB, 12 pages)


More than 3.5 million Canadians live in poverty, including more than one in ten children. Canada ranks near the bottom of the list of major developed countries for poverty rates. (...) Most provincial governments have demonstrated leadership by launching poverty reduction strategies. Building on those efforts, a Liberal government will work with partners at all levels to develop a Poverty Reduction Plan for Canada. It will set goals, indentify [sic] practical measures for achieving them and set out who can do what among all the partners. The outlook will be long-term.

Several major commitments of this platform will be the foundation of a Poverty Reduction Plan for Canada: the Canadian Learning Strategy, particularly Early Childhood Learning and Care, the Learning Passport for post-secondary education access, and Aboriginal learning; Family Care; a renewed focus on volunteerism through the Canada Service Corps; the National Food Policy’s nutrition measures; and a new Affordable Housing Framework. These practical measures to support Canadian families, worth more than $5 billion over two years, will help reduce poverty and inequality, especially as part of a whole-of-Canada effort to strengthen our communities. They will also contribute to a stronger economy over the long-term.

Excerpt from Fighting Poverty:
( p. 55-56 of the full PDF text - also available in HTML )


Analysis of the Liberal Party Platform by
Rob Rainer, Executive Director of
Canada Without Poverty
April 3, 2011

Canada Without Poverty is very pleased to see, in the Liberal Party’s election platform released in full today, a commitment for a “Poverty Reduction Plan for Canada” (see pages 55-56). This commitment represents a major step forward to securing strong federal leadership on poverty issues. It is the kind of commitment to which Canada Without Poverty and numerous other groups and several coalitions ( Campaign 2000 --- Make Poverty History ) have, in a non-partisan way, been striving: this includes the over 500 groups endorsing Dignity for All: The Campaign for a Poverty-free Canada (also supported, prior to Parliament’s dissolution for the election, by 113 federal parliamentarians with representation from every party in the House and Senate).

As the Liberal platform states, “more than 3.5 million Canadians live in poverty, including more than one in ten children....Leaders at all levels must come to grips with rising inequality. The persistence of poverty across the country remains an unmet challenge, robbing individuals of fair and equal opportunity, sapping productivity from the economy, and even undermining confidence in our democracy. Canada cannot afford not to fight poverty. It will require the engagement of all Canadians, including businesses, individuals, experts and civil society....Most provincial governments have demonstrated leadership by launching poverty reduction strategies. Building on those efforts, a Liberal government will work with partners at all levels to develop a Poverty Reduction Plan for Canada. It will set goals, identify practical measures for achieving them and set out who can do what among all the partners. The outlook will be long-term.”

A number of other Liberal commitments (several announced last week) speak to the potential for the Government of Canada to strengthen social development and social protection. These include major commitments for early childhood learning and care, post-secondary education and Aboriginal learning; significant commitments on family care and retirement security; and additional commitments on affordable housing, missing and murdered Aboriginal women, and support for the voluntary sector. The Liberals even propose to restore funding for the Court Challenges Program, thus to help ensure greater access to justice by minority and marginalized populations.

Lastly, we call attention to Liberal commitments to “respecting and renewing our democracy.” As the Voices-Voix Coalition is highlighting, in recent years there have been numerous affronts on democracy and human rights by the Government of Canada. The mounting legacy of attacks on individuals, organizations, knowledge and dissent undermines civil society and governance in Canada: see the Coalition’s Declaration for the Government of Canada to respect the right to freedom of opinion and expression, act in accordance with Canada’s democratic traditions and values, be transparent with information and be more accountable to Parliament and the people of Canada.

Canada Without Poverty looks forward to the release of the full election platforms of the other main federalist parties – Conservative, Green and New Democrat. May Canadians, between now and election day on May 2nd, see respectful, vigorous, healthy debates on what all of these parties propose as the direction for Canada. Not sure which party you wish to support? Try this short, on-line survey to see how your concerns about various issues align with the main federal parties.

Rob Rainer
Executive Director
Canada Without Poverty


Media coverage
in The Toronto Star:

Liberals unveil $8 billion campaign platform
April 3, 2011
By Les Whittington and Bruce Campion-Smith
HALIFAX—Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff is promising a family-friendly, green tinged election platform he says will “turn this country around” — and return Liberals to power. Waving a copy of the 94-page platform high in one hand, Ignatieff got a rousing welcome from supporters in the Nova Scotia capital as he rhymed off its pledges, including its emphasis on helping families throughout their lives, from early learning to strengthened pensions.

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Toronto Star


From the
Liberal Party of Canada (LPC):

Harper’s Index
The Harper Government by the numbrers
April 16, 2011
* Number of open-to-the- public campaign events that Michael Ignatieff has held so far this campaign: 39
* Number of open events that Stephen Harper has held: Zero
* Number of votes cast by students at the University Guelph that the Conservative Party tried to have rejected through a legal challenge: 700
* Amount spent by John Baird and Tony Clement on “G8 Legacy Fund” projects: $45.7 million
* Percentage of the funds used to build G8 “legacy” projects in Tony Clement’s riding that were misappropriated from the Border Infrastructure Fund: 100%
* Amount approved by Parliament for the “G8 Legacy Fund”: $0
* more...
Liberal Party of Canada (LPC)

Also from LPC:

Rise up, Canada (3-min. video)
Michael Ignatieff
April 16, 2011


New Democratic Party




NDP Platform
Jack Layton:
My commitment to you : Leadership you can trust to give your family a break
For too long Ottawa has focused on the priorities of the well-connected, not the priorities of your family. Together we’re going to fix that. Today I’m releasing my affordable plan to get Ottawa working for your family - one practical step at a time."

Complete platform (PDF - 1.1MB, 28 pages)
Table of contents:
1.0 Give your family a break
2.0 Reward the job creators
3.0 Improve your family’s health services
4.0 Tackle climate change
5.0 Leadership in Canada
6.0 Leadership on the world stage

Platform 2011 Costing document (PDF - 105K, 4 pages)


Media coverage
in The Toronto Star:

NDP unveils $9 billion election platform
April 10, 2011
The New Democratic Party is offering a $9 billion election platform it hopes will appeal to a broader sector of Canadians as it struggles against the Liberals and Conservatives to define its fourth party policies and priorities.
“I am telling you we are relentlessly optimistic about the future … we don’t give up,” NDP Leader Jack Layton said Sunday after releasing the “grab bag” platform aimed at expanding the NDP base at a time when the party is sliding in the polls. (...) From health-care improvements to bringing Canadian soldiers home from Afghanistan, the plan provides a little bit for everybody while balancing the budget by 2014-15. (...) The substantial revenue predicted in the platform comes, in large measure, at the expense of Canadian corporations.
Toronto Star

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Bloc Québécois




Plateforme électorale
du Bloc québécois:

Parlons QC : Plateforme électorale
du Bloc québécois
(PDF - 6.5MB, 195 pages)
[ French version only - English not available.
See the English policy statement immediately below. ]

Policy Statement - 2011 Election (PDF - 4.9MB, 28 pages)
April 4, 2011
[ version française - PDF]
We need the support of the women and men across Québec who work each day to ensure our nation’s economic prosperity, so that we can aggressively promote the economic interests of our regions, our cities and our nation. Québec will only truly be free once it has decided to create a sovereign nation.In the meantime, we must maintain as strong a presence as possible in Ottawa. We must fight the Conservative threat head-on by forming a united bloc

English content on the BQ website

Bloc Québécois

NOTE : the party's website is in French only,
except for the Policy Statement and the selection
of documents found at the "English content" link above.

Green Party of Canada




2011 Green Party Platform
April 7, 2011
* Introduction * Smart Economy * Strong Communities * True Democracy * Budget

Vision Green
April 8, 2011
By Andrew Jackson
I read the Green Platform with interest, not least because I have been a little irritated that the CBC Vote Compass came up with the conclusion that they are the party I, a lifelong NDP member, am closest to. In all honesty, I may have to do a rethink. The long version of the platform “Vision Green” - and it is far too long and detailed to summarize here – is well worth an extended read and lays out quite a compelling vision of a new and more environmentally sustainable economy and a fairer society. In terms of detailed policy prescription, it overlaps very closely with the CCPA Alternative Federal Budget, and is bolder in places.


Other Registered Political Parties
and Parties Eligible for Registration

Canadian Action Party



Christian Heritage Party of Canada



Communist Party of Canada



Marijuana Party


It must be 4:20 somewhere...

Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada|



Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada



First Peoples National Party of Canada



Libertarian Party of Canada



Progressive Canadian Party



United Party of Canada


Rhinoceros Party of Canada



Western Block Party



Registered Political Parties and Parties Eligible for Registration - from Elections Canada
Elections Canada: Political Parties, Candidates and Others: Registered Political Parties
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CTV Poll Tracker - updated daily by Nanos Research

CBC Poll Tracker - Roundup of surveys

Poll Tracker from Election Almanac

Polling Station
The latest polls and polling news on Canadian politics and public policy


Compas Public Opinion and Customer Research
Corporate Research Associates Inc.
Decima Research
Nanos Research
Ekos Research Associates
Environics Research Group

Ipsos Canada

Leger Marketing
Pollara Public Opinion and Market Research
Polling Station
- from HillWatch
SES Research
The Strategic Counsel election poll search results:

Each of the two links below will open a page of
search results, and this page will always include links to new content.

Google Web Search Results:
"polls, federal election, Canada"

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Non-governmental Organizations:


Election websites (PDF - 568K, 2 pages)

Council of Canadians — Election coverage and resources from Canada’s largest citizens’ organization that acts for social, economic and environmental justice in Canada.

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
— An election blog designed to bring expert analysis and commentary on the issues that define the federal election.

Canadians for Tax Fairness — A citizen-driven campaign organization that promotes fair taxation based on ability to pay.

Many are One — Interviews with politicians from all parties, Canadian artists and industry thought leaders regarding youth engagement within the democratic process.

Catch 22 Harper Conservatives — A grassroots effort to help defeat the Harper Conservatives.

Swing 33 — links to the 33 ridings that were won by less than 5 per cent in 2008, and where Conservatives finished either first or second.

Get Your Vote On — Keeping you up to date with what’s happening in the election and working on youth voter engagement.

Media Indigena — Looks at Aboriginal election candidates, how each party’s platform addresses Aboriginal issues and ridings to watch.

Open Media — Addressing Internet freedom and making metered Internet proposals an election issue.

Pundits’ Guide to the Canadian Federal Elections — A comprehensive, searchable federal election database.

LeadNow — A group building an independent community that works together to help set the political agenda, take effective action on important issues and shift elections.

Equal Voice: Electing Women in Canada — An organization of men and women advocating the election of more women in every level of government.

Voices-Voix — A non-partisan coalition of organizations and individuals defending democracy, free speech and transparency in Canada.

Imagine Canada Nonprofit Newswire — A national charitable organization that supports and strengthens charities and nonprofits so they can, in turn, support Canadian communities.

Democracy Watch — A citizen organization supporting government accountability and democracy.

Canadians for Coalition — A grassroots collective pressing for a stable federal government and collaborative parliament.

Fair Vote Canada — A citizen group supporting proportional representation and government accountability.

Canadians Advocating Political Participation — A grassroots network committed to improving Canadian democracy through information and engaged citizens.

Public Policy Forum -- An independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of government in Canada through enhanced dialogue among the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Voters’ Guide
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Project Democracy - riding by riding election prediction model
More than 60 percent of Canadians do not support Harper and his government's contempt for democracy. Yet, he could win a majority with as little as 35 percent of the popular vote. Project Democracy is a tool to help you determine if there is a way to "amp up" your vote and stop a Harper majority. By using a riding by riding election prediction model based on the most up to date public opinion research, we can tell you which Party is best positioned to defeat the Conservative in your riding.

Top 10 Kick-Ass Election Sites
By David Julian Wightman

1. Apathy is Boring
A national, non-partisan, youth-led charitable organization that uses art and technology to educate youth about democracy and encourage them to become active citizens. Founded in 2004.

2. Catch 22 Campaign
A cross-country, grassroots, multi-partisan, pro-democracy, volunteer, campaign which started in January 2010 to provide specific voting advice to help anti-Harper voters defeat as many incumbent Conservative MPs as possible.

3. CRUSH aka
Canadians Rallying to Unseat Stephen Harper is a Facebook group-turned-website that believes “the Harper Government has lost its moral authority to govern and, as a result, Canadians should use the democratic levers available to them to unseat the Harper Government.” Founded in 2010.

4.Fair Vote Canada
A multi-partisan national citizens campaign promoting fair voting systems for use in elections at all levels. Founded in 2000.

5. LeadNow
Bringing generations of Canadians together to take action for our future and hold politicians accountable. Founded in 2010.

6. OpenMedia
A national, non-partisan, non-profit organization working to increase public awareness and informed participation in Canadian media, cultural, information, and telecommunication policy formation. Founded in 2008

7. Pair Vote
Started as an experiment by Gerry Kirk, a Canadian who believes our voting system is a national disgrace and who decided to try pair voting in Canada as a way to draw attention to the vote reform issue. Founded in 2008.

8. Project Democracy
A tool to help you determine if there is a way to "amp up" your vote and stop a Harper majority. By using a riding-by-riding election prediction model based on the most up to date public opinion research, we can tell you which Party is best positioned to defeat the Conservative in your riding. Founded in 2008.

9. Proud Fringers
A Facebook group for members of that “left-wing fringe group” women and their supportive brothers, to promote activist links, discussions, ideas and action. Non-partisan, it aims to engage more women in the issues that affect them. Founded in 2009, after Harper dismissed women, lesbians and gays, the disabled who seek equal rights as “left-wing fringe groups.”

Online phenomenon. Founded in 2011.

X-Ray Magazine
X-Ray is an electronic magazine covering Canadian politics, current affairs, media, culture, arts and foreign affairs (...) with a left-of-centre approach to editorial and news content.
[ Back issues of X-Ray Magazine ]

From Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ):

Election links
No one organization has expertise in all issues, so to appreciate what other groups are suggesting Canadians consider during this election, please visit the following links. CPJ does not necessarily endorse and is not responsible for the content of external sites.

Election Websites:

* Canada Votes 2011 (CBC)
* Canadian Council for Refugees
* The Church Council on Justice and Corrections
* Climate Action Network
* Council of Canadians
* Dignity for All: the campaign for a poverty-free Canada
* The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
* Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition
* Make Poverty History
* Mennonite Central Committee, Canada

Election-related documents:

* The Anglican Church in Canada [PDF]
* Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops [PDF]
* Canadian Friends’ Service Committee (Quakers) [PDF]
* Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada [PDF]
* KAIROS Federal Election Kit 2011 [PDF]
* The United Church of Canada [PDF]

Canadian Union of Public Employees CUPE)

CUPE launches federal election 2011 website
April 5
The new CUPE federal election website offers information and tools for CUPE members and staff to organize during the election campaign. Find your local riding contacts, get the real facts behind party announcements, download election materials, join our political action mailing list, or follow CUPE and candidates on social networks.

CUPE action: Federal election 2011

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

NOTE: For future reference, you'll find the link to the above CUPE election site in the "Daily Updates" section of the Canadian Social Research Links 2011 Federal Election Links page, among a group of sites that will be updated daily (or just about) throughout the election campaign...


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from the Canadian Social Research Links Guy:

Since the fall of 2003, CUPE has allowed me to administer my newsletter mailing list and to distribute my weekly newsletter to my subscribers, now approaching 2,400. It's been a wonderful arrangement for me and for all my subscribers. I should note that Canadian Social Research Links (the site) and the Canadian Social Research Newsletter belong solely to me, Gilles Séguin, and that the views expressed in my site and newsletter are mine alone

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More NGO election coverage:
The links below are to NGOS that had special sections of their sites dedicated to the 2008 federal election, so you can expect that most of them will be covering the 2011 election. The list isn't comprehensive, but you'll definitely find some interesting resources below...

The Wellesley Institute

Canadian Labour Congress

Progressive Economics Forum Blog [ Progressive Economics Forum ]

World Socialist Website

Caledon Institute of Social Policy

Canadian Women's Health Network

New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women

Campaign 2000

Democracies Online

Social Planning and Research Council of BC

Canadian Council on Social Development

Community Social Planning Council of Toronto

Human Development Council of Saint John (N.B.)

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Citizens for Public Justice

Make Poverty History

Childcare Resource and Research Unit

General political websites

Fair Vote Canada
"Fair Vote Canada (FVC) is a multi-partisan citizens' campaign for voting system reform. Canadians from all points on the political spectrum, all regions and all walks of life are joining FVC to demand a fair voting system - a fundamental requirement for healthy representative democracy and government accountability.."


Canadians for Tax Fairness
Over the past few months, a group of progressive organizers have launched a new organization - Canadians for Tax Fairness - to promote a progressive tax system, based on ability to pay, to fund the public services and programs required to meet our social, economic and environmental needs. For more info on the organization, mission, founding board, etc., see
- home page includes links to : * Home * Petition * About Us * Campaigns * Get Involved * News * Resources * Donate * Contact Us

Our first campaign is to fight the proposed corporate tax cuts.
Please read and sign our petition:

Petition to Stop Corporate Tax Cuts!

Empty Feeling from Fairvote Canada on Vimeo.


Canadian Democratic Movement (Vancouver-based)
"Right from the beginning, the CDM has been built around a democratic platform. We firmly believe that Canada needs to work towards more representative government. One that is to be held responsible to ALL Canadians. The CDM also wants to see a divergence away from the corporate and special interest entities that now crowd and sway our government."


Canada's Electoral System: Introduction to Federal and Provincial Elections

University of Lethbridge, Alberta

R.I.P. (2000-2011)
Maple Leaf Web is a non-profit, non-partisan Canadian political education web-site that aims to provide educators, students and the attentive public with a credible source for political education and information. Located at the University of Lethbridge, in Lethbridge, Alberta (Canada), Maple Leaf Web publishes original articles and features on Canadian political events and institutions and provides important links to a wide range of external resources.

NOTE : As of Jan. 17, 2011, after 11 years of publishing Canadian political educational materials on the Internet, will no longer be actively maintained.


Political Resources on the Net
Listings of political sites available on the Internet sorted by country, with links to Parties, 
Organizations, Governments, Media and more from all around the world 
A must-see megasite - includes Canadian Politics

--- - Canada
" focuses on associations, coalitions, corporations, and non-profit organizations and the values, facts and arguments they bring to the major issues of the day. gives political decision-makers, the media, and people interested in public policy developments a reliable way to find out who is lobbying on what -- and what these groups are saying. is a resource center that provides people with an easy way to find the public policy content useful to them."


Global Politician is an independent journal of politics and world affairs.


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