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Political Parties and Elections in Canada
- 2006 Federal Election-
(and some general political websites)

Sites de recherche sociale au Canada

Les élections et les partis politiques au Canada
- Élection fédérale 2006-
(et quelques sites généraux de politiques)

Updated February 24, 2006
Page révisée le 24 février 2006

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Election 2006 Results

Elections Canada (links to government election-related info)
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Registered political parties for the 2006 federal election - including party platforms
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Media coverage of the 2006 federal election
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2004 Federal Election --- What happened again?
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Polls
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Links to selected non-governmental sites focusing on the federal election

- includes the following groups : Citizens on the Web - Canadian Association of Food Banks - Campaign 2000 - Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action - National Coalition On Housing And Homelessness - Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC - Caledon Institute of Social Policy - Assembly of First Nations - Canadian Labour Congress - Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - Childcare Resource and Research Unit (University of Toronto) - Straight Goods - National Anti-Poverty Organization - Canadian Union of Public Employees - Mapleleafweb

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Miscellaneous links --- federal election and general political websites - links to studies, articles and sites that don't fit in the sections above.
- incl. interpretation of leaders' hand movements during the televised leaders' debates!

Election Results

Election Results:

Conservatives

124

Liberals

103

Bloc québécois

51

New Democratic Party

29

Election Night Results from Elections Canada
Canada Votes - from the CBC
Election 2006 - from CTV
Decision 2006 - from The Globe and Mail
Federal Election 2006 - from The Toronto Star
Decision Canada - from Canada.com
Canadian Federal Election 2006 - from Canada Online [at About.com ]

Voter Turnout:
14,815,680 of 22,812,683 registered electors voted on January 23 ===> 64.9% turnout
Compare:
Voter Turnout at Federal Elections and Referendums, 1867-2004

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Google Web Search Results : "federal election, Canada"
Google News Search Results : "federal election, Canada"
Each of the two links above will open a page of Google.ca search results, and this page will always include links to new content.
Source:
Google.ca


Elections Canada

Elections Canada (Federal Government website)
Includes links to information about : Registration of Electors - Electoral Law and Policy - Electoral Financing - Electoral Districts - Past Elections - International Activities - Publications - General Information

Important Information for the 39th General Election - taking place January 23, 2006
- incl.
Information for voters (where do I vote?, returning officer, candidates, map, employment during the election and more information about the electoral process - Information for candidates - more...

Election Night Results

Registered Political Parties and Election Platforms

Registered Political Parties and Parties Eligible for Registration - from Elections Canada
- includes contact information (regular and e-mail addresses, website, telephone and fax numbers, etc.)

Below you'll find, for each of the federal political parties registered for the 2006 election:
- a link to the party's home page and platform
- Google.ca web search and news search links (direct links to results pages of links, always current!)

...and information about the other registered parties and those that are deregistered or that didn't make the cut, e.g., the Absolutely Absurd Party...

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Liberal Party of Canada

Campaign Platform 2006

Google Web Search Results : "Federal election, Liberal Party"
Google News Search Results : "Federal election, Liberal Party"

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Conservative Party

Federal Election Platform 2006 (PDF file - 598K, 25 pages)

Google Web Search Results : "Federal election, Conservative Party"
Google News Search Results : "Federal election, Conservative Party"

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New Democratic Party

Party Platform 2006

Google Web Search Results : "Federal election, New Democratic Party"
Google News Search Results : "Federal election, New Democratic Party"

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Bloc Quebecois (site is in French only)

Plate-forme électorale - Campagne 2005-2006 (fichier PDF - 6.8Mo, 206 pages)
Résumé (fichier PDF - 2,2Mo., 2 pages)

English summary of the 2005-2006 electoral platform (PDF file - 403K, 2 pages)

Google Web Search Results : "Federal election, Bloc quebecois"
Google News Search Results : "Federal election, Bloc quebecois"

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Green Party of Canada

2006 Party Platform: The Green Party vision

Google Web Search Results : "Federal election, Green Party"
Google News Search Results : "Federal election, Green Party"

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Canadian Action Party

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Communist Party of Canada

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Marijuana Party

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Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada

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Animal Alliance Environment
Voters Party of Canada

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Christian Heritage Party of Canada

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First Peoples National Party of Canada

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Libertarian Party of Canada

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Progressive Canadian Party

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Western Block Party

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De-registered Party:

Natural Law Party of Canada:
Chief Electoral Officer of Canada Announces Deregistration of Natural Law Party of Canada
Press Release
"OTTAWA, January 23, 2004 — The Chief Electoral Officer of Canada, Jean-Pierre Kingsley, today announced the deregistration of the Natural Law Party of Canada, following the party's request to deregister voluntarily under section 388 of the Canada Elections Act."
Source:
Elections Canada

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2004 Federal Election --- What happened again?

CTV Election Coverage of the
2004 Federal Election

Just because it's such fun to compare the current federal election campaign to the 38th general election (June 28, 2004) - you remember, the one that cost the Canadian public $277.8 million...
[ http://www.cbc.ca/canadavotes/voterstoolkit/electioncosts.html ]
...CBC's 2004 federal election coverage is a very helpful resource with detailed information about the 2004 campaign, including party positions on a wide range of issues and election results.

Here (below) are the four top stories on the Home Page of CTV's 2004 federal election coverage site:
1.
Martin defies skeptics with strong minority win. Defying expectations, Prime Minister Paul Martin has led his Liberals to a fourth mandate. Short of a majority, however, they'll be governing as a minority in a fractured Parliament.
2.
Harper admits disappointment with vote result. Celebrating his party's showing in the federal election, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper says a message has been sent to Ottawa.
3. Duceppe: Bloc win a step towards sovereignty.
Bloc Quebecois Gilles Duceppe says his party's success in Quebec means that Quebecers have rejected the sponsorship scandal and cast a huge vote for sovereignty.
4. NDP leader Jack Layton promises 'new energy'.
NDP leader Jack Layton spent the latter part of the campaign asking for a "central role" in the next Parliament, and Canadians gave it to him.

Wouldn't it be *funny* if the same four top stories appeared on the home page of the 2006 coverage website after the 2006 election?
No, it wouldn't.

CTV Election 2004 Party Platforms
Click on a party logo on the CTV Election 2004 page for a list of key policies, or click on each issue for a comparison of the political parties' positions.
- issues include: Health care - Gay Marriage - Defence - Marijuana - Municipalities - Crime - Gun Registry - Democratic Reform - Accountability - Taxes - Foreign Policy - Immigration - Environment - Aboriginals - Trade - Education
Source:
CTV

 

From DisAbled Women's Network (DAWN) Ontario:

Federal Election 2004
DAWN Ontario's Voter Education & Awareness Campaign for Women's Equality Rights in Canada

- incl. links to : Political Parties - Ridings and Candidates - Tools and Resources - Issues

Equality Rights Issues (links to content under each issue)
Aboriginal Rights --- Abortion --- Reproductive Rights - Anti-Discrimination, Anti-Racism --- Child Care --- Democracy --- DisAbility --- Employment Insurance / Maternity & Parental Leave --- Equal Marriage --- Equal Pay --- Fair Trade ---- 2004 Federal Budget --- Housing and Homelessness --- Human Rights --- Immigration --- Income Security --- Jobs --- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, & Transexual Rights --- Post Secondary Education - Poverty --- Public Health Care - Student Debt --- Violence against Women --- Women's Equality Rights --- Women's Health --- Women's Pensions - Women & ICTs --- Women & Politics --- Women in Prison --- Young Canadians

Federal Party Platforms - A Comparison
"A summary of the political party platforms with a focus on women's issues but also other social justice issues...
Gender Based Analysis by Michelle Smith - Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women"

From the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) (University of Toronto)

Issue File: Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) in the 2004 federal election
- incl. links to : How ECEC is positioned in the political parties' platforms - How social policy and advocacy groups position ECEC - News articles - Useful websites

What's New - from the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) - University of Toronto

Each week, the Childcare Resource and Research Unit disseminates its "e-mail news notifier", an e-mail message with a dozen or so links to new reports, studies and child care in the news (media articles) by the CRRU or another organization in the field of early childhood education and care (ECEC). What you see below is selected content from the most recent issue of the notifier.

20-Jan-06


>> Child care: What will be lost?
Document from the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada demonstrates that the potential loss of the bilateral agreements would have "significant implications for children and families who need and want quality child care."

>> Anything left for "beer and popcorn"?
Press release from the Manitoba Child Care Association stresses the importance of federal funding to Manitoba’s child care system.

>> Think Twice Canada Coalition launches website
http://www.thinktwicecanada.ca/

With election day fast approaching on January 23, Think Twice Canada, a coalition of social advocacy and citizens' organizations, has launched a website in order to encourage dialogue between concerned Canadians prior to the vote. The website features audio clips from the Coalition's press conference, held in Toronto last week. It provides a mechanism through which Canadians can take action by asking their friends and family to "Think Twice" about critical issues such as child care, women's reproductive rights, our environment, affordable housing, equality issues and many more before casting their ballot.

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>> Callwood speaks but few listen [CA]
by Goar, Carol / Toronto Star, 20 Jan 06

>> Child care key issue for youth at TV debate [CA]
by Russell, Jonathan / Charlottetown Guardian, 20 Jan 06

>> Children's future [CA]
Letter to the editor
by Rodgers, Ann / Leader-Post, 20 Jan 06

>> Child care plan subject to taxation [CA]
Letter to the Editor
by MacGregor, Donna / Toronto Star, 20 Jan 06

>> Address our social deficits before cutting taxes [CA]
Letter to the Editor
by Dick, Peter / Toronto Star, 20 Jan 06

>> It's about day care [CA]
Letter to the Editor
by Staff of Terrace Campus Child Care Centre / Terrace Standard, 18 Jan 06

>> Quality child care is simply good sense [CA]
by Austin, Janet, Turner, Denise & Kershaw, Paul / Vancouver Sun, 17 Jan 06

>> Harper's day care plan out-of-reach for many [CA]
Letter to the Editor
by Hannon, Dorothy / Star-Phoenix [Saskatoon], 17 Jan 06

>> Social investment: Not a matter of either/or [CA]
by Lazar, Eva / Toronto Star, 17 Jan 06

>> Child care splits parties, parents [CA]
by Monsebraaten, Laurie / Toronto Star, 16 Jan 06

>> A national day care dream dies [CA]
Maude Barlow’s Election Blog
Maclean’s Magazine, 15 Jan 06

>> Child care plan flawed [CA]
Letter to the Editor
by Rogerson, Diana P. / Edmonton Journal, 15 Jan 06

>> How can Canadian parents ever expect child care, when politicians
still don’t get it [CA]

by Binks, Georgie / CBC News, 13 Jan 06

>> Pillow talk from Charmboy pits family against family [CA]
by Sommerfeld, Lorraine / Hamilton Spectator, 13 Jan 06

>> How elections have changed – for the worse [CA]
by Westell, Anthony / CBC News – Viewpoint, 10 Jan 06

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU)

Polls

Polls

Compas Public Opinion and Customer Research
Corporate Research Associates Inc.
Decima 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

Why I'm not personally a big fan of polls
(...although I'm not sure whether this example speaks worse about polls or residents of the Big Apple)

Google Web Search Results : "polls, federal election, Canada"
Google News Search Results : "polls, federal election, Canada"
Each of the two links above will open a page of Google.ca search results, and this page will always include links to new content
Source:
Google.ca


Media Coverage

Each of the links below offers a plethora of election 2006 information, some of it repetitive, but with different angles and insights.
Be sure to check out each source...

Canada Votes - from the CBC
- incl. links to : Main - Ridings & Candidates - Leaders, Parties & Issues - Analysis & Commentary - Voter Toolkit - Your View - Quizzes & Games

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Election 2006 - from CTV
- incl. links to : Home - Features - Issues - Leaders - Video - Toolkit - Weblog - Archive

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Decision 2006 - from The Globe and Mail
- incl. links to : Globe and Mail/CTV poll - Issues - Campaign notebook -
Interactive - Timeline - Races - Electoral map: 60 closest races from 2004 - Campaign newsletter (every morning)

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Federal Election 2006 - from The Toronto Star
- incl. links to : Daily Poll - Discussion Forums - Election Commentary - Opinion and Analysis - Party Information - Blogs and Discussion [on other websites]

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Decision Canada - from Canada.com
- incl. links to : Issues - Leaders - Ridings - Voting Info - Your Voice - Home

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Canadian Federal Election 2006 - from Canada Online [at About.com ]
"Index to Voting Information, Election News and Analysis for Election 2006"

Federal Election Ridings in Canada - also from Canada Online

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Canada Votes - from CNEWS (Canoe)

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Canadian federal election, 2006
- incl. links to : * Contenders * Events during the 38th Parliament * Issues * Opinion polls * State of the parties * Candidates * Swing ridings * Incumbent MPs not running for re-election * External links (Government links, National media coverage, Party websites, General links)

Source:
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


NOTE: Wikipedia has been under fire recently for carrying incorrect information about some of the candidates in the 2006 federal election.

Free online encyclopedia fuels gossip on candidates
Speculation, innuendo rampant on Wikipedia

December 10, 2005
"Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia to which anyone can contribute, has logged onto the federal election campaign with nasty and questionable bits of biographical information about some candidates.
Source:
Ottawa Citizen

Also from Wikipedia (with the same caveat as above):

Canadian federal election, 2004
- incl. Current distribution - Opposition parties - Timeline - Upcoming events - Leadership races of 2003 and 2004 - Conservative Party of Canada leadership race - Liberal Party of Canada leadership race - Progressive Conservative Party of Canada leadership race - New Democratic Party leadership race - Recent poll numbers - 2004 federal representation - Seat by seat breakdown

Canada elections - from DoWire Wiki
(Democracies Online newswire)
- incl. links to : * Live Election Results, Alerts * Major Media * Unique Sites * Government Election-related Sites * Blogs About the Elections * Blogging Candidates/Parties * Best Individual Candidate Websites * Satire and Humour * Mobile Sites/SMS Features * Online Forums and Discussions * Political Parties * Election Starting Points

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Links to Selected Non-Governmental Sites/Pages
Focusing on the 2006 Federal Election

Canadian Federal Election
- links to election resources and 400+ links to daily news articles about the 2006 federal election, from April 2005 right up to January of this year.
Source:
Citizens on the Web - Toronto

Progressive Bloggers
"Progressive Bloggers is a group of Canadian bloggers who firmly believe that this great country needs to move forward, not backwards. Be they Liberal or liberal, New Democrats or democrats, Green voters or voters who want a green country, or even Red Tories searching for a home, these bloggers believe that Canadian politics should move in a progressive direction.
On these blogs you will read about the importance of the environment, the need to preserve Canada’s social programs and its multicultural mosaic. You’ll see posts on why national unity is important and on why there are worse problems than letting two people who love each other marry. If you have a progressive blog, be sure to join this group. If you enjoy reading progressive blogs, then you’ve come to the right place."

ThinkTwice
Think Twice is a newly formed coalition of social advocacy and citizens' organizations wanting to express their concern about the implications for Canadian social programs and equality rights of a potential Conservative victory in the upcoming federal election. The Think Twice coalition is formed by representatives from numerous citizens' organizations, including: health care, environmental, human rights, women's rights, child care, arts, housing, aboriginal, trade union, disability, and minority advocacy groups.

What would Conservative policies mean for Canadians?
"(...) privatization and deregulation, and more cuts to social programs, the end of the national child care programme, abandonment of the agreement just achieved with First Nations at the Aboriginal Summit, more greenhouse gas emissions, the end of the domestic Kyoto plan, a health care system based on commercialization, not patient needs...
We are standing up for Canada. We want a Canada with strong social programs, environmental protection, and fairness for everyone. Canadians need to think twice."

From the Canadian Association of Food Banks (CAFB):

Recent Action Alert - 2006 Federal Election
The CAFB believes that the key to achieving the long-term goal of eliminating hunger in Canada lies in public policy initiatives. That is why the CAFB is committed to working with governments and not-for-profit organization partners on developing public policy solutions to hunger. This includes engaging in non-partisan action campaigns to encourage food bank members and the public to take action and to increase the visibility of public policy issues related to hunger.

Election Advocacy Kit 2006 (PDF file - 59K, 8 pages)
- incl. CAFB Key Message Fact Sheets - Follow up letter template - Feedback Form

Google Web Search Results : "2006 federal election, hunger, food banks"
Google News search Results : "2006 federal election, hunger, food banks" [zero results from Canadian sources as at Jan. 15/06]
Each of the two links above will open a page of Google.ca search results, and this page will always include links to new content
Source:
Google.ca

Federal Election 2006 Resources from Campaign 2000:

Party strategies tackle child and family poverty - issues include : Income security: Canada Child Tax Benefit (CCTB) - Early learning and child care - Affordable housing - More good jobs at living wages - Post-secondary education

Federal Election 2005/06
Addressing Child and Family Poverty in Canada:
Where do the parties stand?
(PDF file - 106K, 7 pages)

Campaign 2000 Factsheet on
What the Parties Can Do to Address Child/Family Poverty:
Needed: An Action Plan for Children
(PDF file - 150K, 1 page)

Google Web Search Results : "2006 federal election, Canada, child poverty"
Google News search Results : "2006 federal election, Canada, child poverty"
Each of the two links above will open a page of Google.ca search results, and this page will always include links to new content
Source:
Google.ca

Disability and the 2006 Federal Election

Google Web Search Results : "2006 federal election, Canada, disability"
Google News search Results : "2006 federal election, Canada, disability"
Each of the two links above will open a page of Google.ca search results, and this page will always include links to new content
Source:
Google.ca

The 2006 Federal Election and the
UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

The Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) asks that you "send an e-card today urging Federal Party Leaders and Candidates to sign the Pledge for Women's Equality!"
The Pledge for Women's Equality
Source:
Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA)

Google Web Search Results : "2006 federal election, women"
Google News search Results : "2006 federal election, women"
Each of the two links above will open a page of Google.ca search results, and this page will always include links to new content
Source:
Google.ca

From the 2006 Federal Election Resources Page of the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association:

Party platforms and plans for affordable housing (summaries)

Related Links:

Election Messages From The National Coalition On Housing And Homelessness
"Send an e-mail to the candidates in your riding to let them know that you want them to commit to the creation of permanently affordable non-profit housing."

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From the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association:

Minimum wage housing data reveals lack of affordability in many metropolitan areas
January 4, 2006
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) released its annual rental apartment survey earlier this month highlighting some stabilization in vacancy rates, but continued increases in rents in most metropolitan cities. The data identify only one part of the rental affordability issue – rent levels. The other critical element is how apartment rents compare to household incomes. One way to measure how affordable, or not, average market rents are is to determine the minimum hourly wage a worker must earn to afford a rental unit without spending more than the norm of 30 per cent typically used to measure housing affordability. The concept currently used in the US was adapted to Canada by Steve Pomeroy of Focus Consulting Inc. using the CMHC average market rent statistics released each fall.

Minimum Housing Wage:
A New Way to Think About Rental Housing Affordability
(Word file - 56K, 5 pages)
January 2006
"In 15 cities more than 2 full time minimum wage earners are required [to reach the income level required for the cost of rent to equal 30% of total family income]. Alternatively, the household must earn well above average wage, spend far more than the norm of 30th of income for the rent, or crowd more people into the lower rent smaller units." [Excerpt, p.3]

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Google Web Search Results : "2006 federal election, Canada, housing"
Google News search Results : "2006 federal election, Canada, housing"
Each of the two links above will open a page of Google.ca search results, and this page will always include links to new content
Source:
Google.ca

Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC 2006 Federal Election Page
- incl. links to CCCABC Election Materials - BC Parent Voices Election Materials - General election information - The political party platforms on child care and responses to the child care platforms - Questions for the candidates - Links to other websites - Media sites - Child Care News Articles from BC and from across the country.
Source:
Coalition of Child Care Advocates of BC

Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada (CCAAC) 2006 Federal Election page
CCAAC Election Resources include the usual political party and platform links, along with current news articles, links to other organizations and information about child care --- read what the main parties are saying about child care, and the CCAAC response to their platforms.
Source:
Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada

Related Links:

- BC Association of Child Care Services
- School Age Child Care Association of BC
- Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre
- Western Canada Family Child Care Association of BC
- BC Government and Service Employees' Union and Child Care Campaign
- Child Care Choices - BC Child Care Resource & Referral Network
- Child Care Options - Resource and Referral Program
- First Call

From the Caledon Institute of Social Policy :

The Choice in Child Care Allowance: What you See Is Not What You Get (PDF file - 63K, 7 pages)
Ken Battle, January 2006
The Conservatives’ plan for a “Choice in Child Care Allowance” is seriously flawed. Because the new program will trigger reductions in federal and provincial/territorial income-tested benefits and increases in income taxes, most families will end up with less – for modest-income families in the $30,000-$40,000 range, much less - than the gross $1,200 annual payment for every child under 6. The Child Care Allowance also will favour one-earner couples over single parents and two-earner families. The proposed scheme is really a child benefit, not a child care program. Caledon contends that it would be better to invest in further increases to the existing Canada Child Tax Benefit, a modern and effective social program that suffers from none of the failings of the proposed Choice in Child Care Allowance.

From the Assembly of First Nations:

January 5, 2006
Assembly of First Nations National Chief Seeks Answers to Seven “Key Questions” from Federal Political Party Leaders:
Seeking Response by Friday, January 6
"I’m First Nations and My Vote Counts" says National Chief Phil Fontaine

Seven Questions for the Party Leaders

Google Web Search Results : "2006 federal election, Canada, First Nations"
Google News search Results : "2006 federal election, Canada, First Nations"
Each of the two links above will open a page of Google.ca search results, and this page will always include links to new content
Source:
Google.ca

Betterchoice - from the Canadian Labour Congress
"The Better Choice campaign is a campaign for working people to use during this election to find out which of the political parties and who among the local candidates is truly on their side.
That’s what Better Choice is all about – making a better choice now to get better results once the election is over. Visit betterchoice.ca everyday to read updates on the election, get the facts on the important issues to you and learn more about where each party stands on these."

From the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives:

Federal Election 2006
The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives is an independent non-partisan policy research organization. We believe that a well informed citizenry is essential to a healthy democracy. It is in this spirit that the information and analysis on this page is provided.

Why minority government is good for Canada
Editorial
January 20, 2006
"
Is minority government good for Canada? Former Conservative pollster Allan Gregg would have us believe in his Strategic Counsel poll this week that 55% of Canadians (and 64% of Quebecers) think a Harper majority would be good for the country. One wonders what Canadians’ response would have been if the question had been prefaced with the statement that a Harper majority would tear up a major international treaty obligation--the Kyoto Accord; or that it would put Canada’s support for George Bush’s Missile Defense program back on the table.

Minority governments achieve progress for people, says Alternative Federal Budget
Press Release
January 5, 2006
"OTTAWA—Today the Alternative Federal Budget released a detailed report card on the achievements of the 2004-05 Minority Parliament and awarded the Martin Minority an overall C grade for “some progress.”"

Complete report:

Minority Report: A Report Card on the 2004-05 Minority Government - PDF File, 360K, 26 pages

An open letter to the CBC in response to "Medicare Schmedicare"
by Armine Yalnizyan
December 9, 2005
A week after the CBC decided not to air a documentary on Tommy Douglas, which would inevitably discuss the birth of Medicare, "because it might be perceived as indulging in partisanship during a federal election", the same CBC aired a show on the Passionate Eye, “Medicare Schmedicare”, which dismissed Medicare and celebrated the glories of being able to pay directly for health care.
"The CBC owes Canadians better balance, and it can’t come soon enough. You have an obligation to reflect the public interest as it affects all citizens. That includes those who have fewer choices by virtue of their earning power, and who have so much to lose."

Don't count out medicare yet
Beware of stumping politicians with poker faces and empty hands
by Armine Yalnizyan
December 9, 2005
"For the third election in a row, health care is the top of mind issue. And, for the third election in a row, every federal party leader pledges to protect health care. But beware the bluffer. Canadians have indicated consistently we want two things in health care: A publicly insured system that provides care and promotes health, there for people based on their need, not their ability to pay. And we don't want to waste a single penny. Question is: Which political leader holds the winning hand and is willing to reform, strengthen, and sustain our public health-care system?"

Taxes and human purpose
by Neil Brooks December 9, 2005
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I like paying taxes. Taxes allow us to pursue our aspirations collectively and thus they greatly enrich the quality of life for the average Canadian family. Taxes have brought us high quality public schools that remain our democratic treasure, low tuition at world class universities, freedom from fear of crippling health bills and excellent medical services, public parks and libraries, save streets and liveable cities. None of these things come cheaply. (...) Ultimately, what is at stake in the debate over taxes and government is the question of who will exercise power in our society. Will important sources of power in society be controlled by only a small number of people where it will be exercised through private markets, or will important sources of power remain to be controlled by the majority of Canadians where it will be exercised through democratically elected institutions?"

From the Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) (University of Toronto):

Issue File: Early learning and child care in the 2006 federal election
This Issue File will collect materials about ELCC within the 2006 federal election. It will provide: information about how ELCC is positioned in the political parties' platforms; what key social policy groups are calling for in the election; news clippings; and other resources about ELCC in the federal campaign.

13-Jan-06
CRRU Federal Election Update

* All three major parties have released their platforms this week.

Stand up for Canada: Conservative Party of Canada platform 2006 (in pdf)

Securing Canada’s success: Liberal Party of Canada platform 2006

Getting results for people: New Democratic Party platform 2006

* Other election related materials released this week:

>> Think twice on January 23
Press release from the Think Twice Coalition expresses concerns about the implications for Canadian social programs and equality rights of a potential Conservative victory in the election.

>> Children and families deserve more than empty Conservative promises
Statement from the Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada and endorsed by many other organizations.

>> Taxes pay for the Canada we want
Framing document from Vote for a Change says "the time has come to challenge the call for more and more tax cuts."

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>> Deserve's got nothing to do with it [CA]
by Salutin, Rick / Globe and Mail, 13 Jan 06

>> How your vote impacts on poverty rates [CA]
by Raphael, Dennis / Toronto Star, 12 Jan 06

>> Canada needs a national child care program [CA]
Letter to the editor
by McKnight, Marilyn / Barrie Examiner, 11 Jan 06

>> Conservative daycare plan gets skeptical reviews [CA-ON]
by Aiken, Mike / Kenora Daily Miner & News, 11 Jan 06

>> Hamm Tories wait on election before rolling out plan [CA-NS]
by Jackson, David / Chronicle Herald [Nova Scotia], 11 Jan 06

>> Conservative's child care plan won't help us [CA]
Letter to the editor
by Patterson, Jerri / Chilliwack Times, 10 Jan 06

>> Parents scrutinize candidates' child care claims [CA]
by Spiteri, Ray / Niagara Falls Review, 10 Jan 06

>> National child care program provides proper nurturing to future
citizens [CA]
Letter to the Editor by Mills, Jai / Belleville Intelligencer, 9 Jan 06

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>> Issue File: Early learning and child care in the 2006 federal election
This Issue File collects materials about ELCC within the 2006 federal election. It provides: information about how ELCC is positioned in the political parties' platforms; what key social policy groups are calling for in the election; news clippings; and other resources about ELCC in the federal campaign. Check back regularly for updates. Remember to refresh your computer to get the latest version of the Issue File.

From Straight Goods:

Election Coverage 2006

Straight Goods - Election Special 2004 - also includes links to : News - Discussions - Your letters

From the National Anti-Poverty Organization (NAPO):

NAPO Election Issue Sheet on Poverty in Canada - incl. Questions for Candidates

From the Canadian Union of Public Employees:

Federal Election 2006
- incl. links to : Election updates - Background information - Election quizzes - Campaign scorecards - How CUPE members can protect public services

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Miscellaneous Links - Federal Election, General Political websites
(Studies, articles from the media, general political websites, etc.)

Election 2006 Editorial Cartoons

BlogsCanada
"BlogsCanada is a blogging resource site and directory of Canadian blogs. The site is 100% owned and operated by Jelve Design. Jelve Design is a 100% Canadian web development company owned by Jim Elve and Jesse Elve.
The purpose of BlogsCanada is to provide helpful information for bloggers and those interested in blogs and blogging. BlogsCanada includes Officially Unofficial, Jim Elve's blog. Officially Unofficial covers topics related to blogging, in general, and BlogsCanada, in particular. Jim also uses his blog to spout off on other topics as he sees fit. BlogsCanada also includes the E-Group blog. The E-Group is described as "Multi-partisan Political Punditry." Here, a diverse group of online political commentators discuss Canadian politics and world affairs from a Canadian perspective."

Election 2006 - Interpreting the Party Leaders' Hand Movements
"The study of hand movements is called chirokinesics. Like any other kind of "body language", hand and finger movements can reveal some rather interesting information. Hand movements can be consciously controlled or altered, but only to a degree. In chirokinesics, two basic analyses can be made. First look at the resting hand position - This shows the individual's basic outlook at the time. Next observe the hand and finger movements, which will "highlight" different parts of the speech. With the Canadian federal election coming in January, I will be providing an ongoing analysis of the party leaders' hand movements during their speeches and debates. (...) During the political debates, party leaders are more prone to forgetting their practiced hand movements than at any other time. This gives voters an opportunity to identify some of the leaders' hidden motivations and opinions."
Source:
HumanHand.com

NOTE: I added a link to this page at the suggestion of Kenneth A. Lagerstrom, who practises and teaches cheirology in British Columbia. He analyzed the leaders' hand movements during the two first leaders' debates. I thought it appropriate to offer this analysis because of the impending second round of debates on January 9 and 10 [check CBC for info].
From now on, I'm going to watch leaders' hands more closely...
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Related Links:

First Leaders' Debate Analysis and Commentary - December 15-16, 2005
- PLUS a link* to the entire CBC program that you can watch online (near the top of the page)
--- detailed analysis of the entire debate ===> if you want the analysis in chronological order, you'll have to start reading from the bottom of the page...
[*NOTE: the program link is streaming video --- it may not work if you're behind a network firewall like a govt. office or if you use a university Internet connection.]
French Leaders' Debate: Live Analysis - English analysis of leaders' performance in the French debate (Dec. 15), also includes a link to the entire French debate (also streaming video)

Federal Election 2006
- incl. links to : Election Backgrounders - Political Parties in Canada - Minority Governments - What is a Political Party? - How to Vote in the 2006 Federal Election - Links to More Information - Leader Profiles - Political Party Platforms - Election Features (Polling the Polls, Question of the Week, Viewers' Guide to Election Night, Campaign Website Reviews Top Five Elections in Canada, Election Report Card)
Source:
Mapleleafweb (University of Lethbridge, Alberta)

Canadian Elections
- incl. links to : Election 2000 Results - Parties & Candidates - Riding by Riding Information - Election News - Women and Elections - Polling Data - Past Elections: Results & Analysis - Party Standings By Province - Electoral Reform - Election Laws & Policies - Other Links

Election Opinion Polls
- incl. national and provincial breakdowns of voters' preferences, "Reflections on Polling", predictions, daily poll results, etc.

Source:
Andrew Heard
[ Political Science Department ]
[ S
imon Fraser University ]

Politics Watch - "Canada's Political Portal"
- incl. Political News - Voter Resources - Research Base - Political Jobs

Election Watch 2006

The 2006 VoteSelector Quiz - from PoliticsWatch.com
Complete the 18 questions in the multiple-choice quiz and the analysis will tell you how you rank with the thinking of each the main party leaders. The analysis is based on a comparison of official party platforms.
If you're not sure which party deserves your vote on January 23, this is a good place to start...

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."


The Real Conservative Party Policy Towards Women
- 'cause sooner or later it's gonna come out...


Screw the Vote - from the CBC
(2004 federal election)
"According to Elections Canada, barely 25 percent of young electors (aged 18-24) exercised their right to vote in the 2000 federal election.

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."

StephenHarperSaid.ca (leftover from the 2004 election...)

Mondo Politico
"Mondo Politico is a site dedicated to providing people in the USA, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland with a non-partisan political podium and audience."
- Political News - Select a country and even (in Canada's case) a province or territory and see the latest political headlines and news, incl. links to full-text articles from the local and national media.
- Discussion Forums for each country and their respective states, provinces, or territories + discussion forums on topics such as taxation, abortion, gun control, etc.
- Library - links to the complete online versions of some of the world's most important historical works. Currently includes : "1984" by George Orwell; "The Communist Manifesto" by Karl Marx and Frederick Engels; "The Social Contract" by Jean-Jacques Rousseau; and "Common Sense " by Thomas Paine
- Government Elections Web Site Navigator - Links to national (and, in Canada's case, provincial/territorial) election sites
- Political Party Directory - lists of (and links to) all political parties in the USA, Canada (incl. prov/terr.), the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Ireland.

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


Canadian Politics on the Web
Annotated links to hundreds of sites!
- incl. Facts - The Constitution - The Executive - The Legislatures - The Legal System - Civil Rights - Elections - Interest Groups - Women in Politics - Aboriginal Issues - Federalism - Quebec & National Unity - Canadian Foreign Policy and National Defence - Media and Public Opinion Polls
- Political Parties in Canada
Source:
Nelson Thomson Political Science Resource Centre

Politics and Political Parties in Canada
(from WWW Resources for Journalists and Broadcasters )

Hillwatch.com - Canada
"Hillwatch.com focuses on associations, coalitions, corporations, and non-profit organizations and the values, facts and arguments they bring to the major issues of the day. Hillwatch.com 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. Hillwatch.com is a resource center that provides people with an easy way to find the public policy content useful to them."

Links to Think Tanks
A directory of Canadian and International Think Tanks

Women Candidates in General Elections
1921 to Date

November 2000
Source:
Parliamentary Internet



South of the Border...

Presidency 2004 - U.S. Presidential 2004 Election (November 2004)
U.S. presidential election, 2004 - from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
More U.S. Presidency 2004 Election websites (from Google.ca)
Theme Collection: 2004 Presidential Election - from the Librarians' Index to the Internet
2004 Presidential Elections - from Yahoo.com
Election 2004 - from the Washington Post
U.S. Election 2004 - from a Canadian perspective --- Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

2004 Democratic National Convention

2004 Republican Convention

Related International Politics Links:
NOTE: these are the only links you'll find to non-Canadian politics pages on this Canadian Social Research Links page.
To find sites about politics and elections elsewhere in the world, go to Political Resources on the Net or use
Google.ca...

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

University of Michigan Documents Center (also has very good Political Science guide)

 

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