Tag Archives: Canadian election 2011

And What Did We Learn from the Campaign?

May 5, 2011

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Before the campaign, I speculated on three things we might learn from the election campaign. So, now we need to assess how the campaign enlightened us. Does anyone care? Not enough do. The (preliminary) voter turnout, according to Elections Canada, is 61.4% of registered voters. This is up from the last election when turnout fell […]

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Voting in Advanced Polls… Scepticism about its Meaning

April 27, 2011

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The dramatic (35% increase over the last election) in the number of voters who cast their ballots at the advanced polls plays very well into a story about how the election has energized the public and engaged them in our democracy. While this could account for a small proportion of the increase, a caution is […]

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The Kind of Campaign that Makes You Think They Don’t Matter

April 20, 2011

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The poll results today (the definitive Nanos tracking) tell us that nothing has happened in this campaign. The parties remain in the same order and with almost the same share of decided voters as they did when the campaign was launched. As much as the media hang on every movement in the polls (and hope […]

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What the Canadian Election Might Tell Us About Ourselves?

March 14, 2011

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Make no mistake, the election and the campaign leading up to it will matter. Regardless of the outcome on election night, the process will no doubt tell us a lot about the state of our democracy. Given the expected campaign, it is worth considering some of these potential issues. Does anyone care? At one time, […]

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