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- 2004 Federal Election Links-

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Les élections et les partis politiques au Canada
- Élection fédérale 2004 -

Updated December 7, 2005
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Pundits' Guide to Canadian Federal Elections

A personal project of Alice Funke, on leave from the federal public service.
- includes an extensive list of "pundit metrics" (Riding / Region Election Stats - Riding Election Metrics - Party Election Metrics - Financial Metrics)
- links to * Home * Pundit Metrics * Search the Database * FAQ * Links * About * Contact * Browse Regions * Browse Elections * Browse Parties * Browse Candidates * Search...


 

Links to 2004 Canadian Federal Election Information

Click the links below to jump directly further down to specific sections on the page you're now reading, or scroll down and browse at a more leisurely pace...

Elections Canada (links to government election-related info)
Election Results

Registered political parties for the 2004 federal election - including party platforms
Media coverage of the 2004 federal election
Federal election 2004 sites for youth and disgruntled voters
Links to selected non-governmental sites focusing on the 2004 federal election

- includes the following groups:
Campaign Against Child Poverty - Canadian Labour Congress - Fair Vote Canada - BC Coalition of Women's Centres - Straight Goods - Stop Harper Campaign - Harper's Fantasy Tours - AllianceConservatives.com - National Anti-Poverty Organization - Coalition for Women’s Equality - EqualVOICE.ca - National Action Committee on the Status of Women - St. Christopher House - Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives - Canadian Union of Public Employees - DisAbled Women's Network-Ontario - Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care - Mapleleafweb - Council of Canadians with Disabilities - Centre for Social Justice - Toronto Disaster Relief Committee - Campaign 2000 - Childcare Resource and Research Unit - Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada - www.PlanetFriendly.net - Social Planning and Research Council (British Columbia) - HillWatch
Misc. federal election 2004 links - links to studies, articles and sites that don't fit in the sections above.
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General Political Websites



BIAS ALERT!!

This page is my best attempt at providing a 'balanced' set of links to the 2004 federal election.
However, I *do* favour the views of those who advocate on behalf of people, not corporations.
That's why the NGO and miscellaneous sections contain more links to sites, studies, and articles that promote progressive social policy.
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For example:

A forgotten question of values
[no longer available online]
June 16, 2004
Carol Goar
"Three elections have come and gone since Canada's political parties unanimously resolved to wipe out child poverty. The Liberals have balanced the federal budget and handed out $100 billion in tax cuts. The Conservative party has broken up and come back together to fight for more and deeper tax cuts. The New Democrat who put forward the 1989 resolution, former party leader Ed Broadbent, has spent 14 years in political retirement and returned to the fray to find the child poverty rate higher than when he left." [bolding added]
Source:
The Toronto Star



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

Final Results of the 38th General Election - final "official" results, following validation by returning officers across Canada
[ Validation of Results - excerpt from the Canada Elections Act ]
- special sections for : Voters - Young Voters - Political Parties, Candidates and Others

Political Parties' 2003 Fiscal Returns Now Available on the Web
OTTAWA, Thursday, August 5, 2004 — The Chief Electoral Officer of Canada, Jean-Pierre Kingsley, announced today that the political party financial transactions returns received for the 2003 fiscal period are now available on the Elections Canada Web site. Under subsection 424(4) of the Canada Elections Act, parties must submit these returns within six months after the end of each fiscal period. The Marijuana Party has applied for and has been granted an extension to the filing deadline. The party's report will be published as soon as it is received."
[...they'll probably get right on it after they finish that bag of incredible Oreo cookies.]

Searchable Database of Political Parties' Financial Reports
Click the link in the first sentence on the database page, then (on the next page), select the year 2003. You can search by keyword , by party and class, or by top 10, 50 or 100 contributors. You can also search the complete financial transactions return for each political party. This last option is the easiest way to view the complete contributions and expenses reported by a single political party.

Source:
Election Financing

Also available on the Elections Canada website
- Statement of Assets and Liabilities – Registered Electoral District Associations
- Statements of Assets and Liabilities and Statements of Revenues and Expenses – 2003 Fiscal Period

Election Results

Final Results of the 38th General Election - final "official" results, following validation by returning officers across Canada
[ Validation of Results - excerpt from the Canada Elections Act ]
Source:
Elections Canada

Related Link:

Canadian Statistics - Federal general elections, by electors, ballots cast and voter participation
- 1980 to 2000 elections
Source:
Government Statistics - Elections (also includes Distribution of House of Commons seats at general elections from 1980 to 2000)
NOTE: the Government section also includes stats on Employment, Balance Sheets and Revenue and expenditures
Canadian Statistics
[ Statistics Canada ]

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Minority Government in Canada:
Governing without a Majority in the House of Commons

- incl. links to : Forming a Government in Canada - Different Ways Governments Can Form - What is a Minority Government? - Can Minority Governments Govern? - What Have Minority Governments Accomplished? - Pros and Cons of Non-Majority Governments - Before and After a Minority Government - Links to More Information
Source:
Mapleleafweb (University of Lethbridge, Alberta)

Also from Mapleleafweb:

2004 Election Wrap-Up
- specific topics include: Election Results - Election Highlights General - Election Highlights by Party - Important Links

Federal Election 2004

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From rabble.ca:

Not what you'd call a gracious loser
By Linda McQuaig
July 5, 2004
"The most lasting image of election 2004 may be the face of Stephen Harper the day after. Peering from a limousine upon his return to Ottawa, a pouting Harper looked not only glum, but downright miffed, even indignant — like an athlete might look after being wrongly deprived of a medal or Princess Diana after discovering Mrs. Parker-Bowles' business card in her husband's underwear drawer."

Cry me a river: Harper's culture of defeat
By Ralph Surette
July 5, 2004
"Harper's already hinted at leaving. Peter MacKay says no, don't go. But Peter doesn't mean it."

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Google Web Search Results : "Canada, federal election 2004, results"
Google News Search Results : "Canada, federal election 2004, results"
Source:
Google.ca

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Registered Political Parties and Election Platforms

Below you'll find, for each of the major federal political parties in the 2004 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!)

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Liberal Party of Canada

Liberal Party of Canada Election 2004 Party Platform
- Strengthening our Social Foundations : incl. Health Care: A Fix for a Generation - The National Waiting Times Reduction Strategy and The "Five in Five" Plan - Primary Health Care - Home Care - Prescription Drugs - Respecting the Canada Health Act - Recognizing the Growing Role of Caregivers - Enhancing the Guaranteed Income Supplement - Securing the Place of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada - Foundations: A National Early Learning and Child Care Program - The New Deal: Sustainable Cities and Communities - Tackling the Infrastructure Deficit - Providing Shelter: Social & Affordable Housing - Greening Canada's Communities

Google Web Search Results : "Liberal Party platform, Canada Election 2004"
Google News Search Results : "Liberal Party platform, Canada Election 2004"

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Conservative Party

Platform 2004
- Issues - incl. commitments on issues ranging from Accountable Government to Canada – US Relations

Google Web Search Results : "Conservative Party platform, Canada Election 2004"
Google News Search Results : "Conservative Party platform, Canada Election 2004"

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New Democratic Party

Five straight balanced budgets
Eight Commitments
Complete Platform in PDF format (478K, 66 pages)

Google Web Search Results : "New Democratic Party platform, Canada Election 2004"
Google News Search Results : "New Democratic Party platform, Canada Election 2004"

Federal NDP Leaders
Source:
Douglas-Coldwell Foundation

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Bloc Quebecois

Platform (PDF file - 2.8MB, 169 pages)

Google Web Search Results : "Bloc Quebecois Party platform, Canada Election 2004"
Google News Search Results : "Bloc Quebecois Party platform, Canada Election 2004"

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Green Party of Canada

2004 Platform of the Green Party

Google Web Search Results : "Green Party platform, Canada Election 2004"
Google News Search Results : "Green Party platform, Canada Election 2004"


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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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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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New federal political party launched Dec. 8/03:

Cosmopolitan Party of Canada/Parti Cosmopolite du Canada
"Canada's new socially progressive, pro-human rights, environment protection focused, and quality-of-living focused federal political party, which embraces 'Publickisation; and Human Development as an alternative to privatization, and "Economic Globalization".

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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

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Media Coverage

Each of the links below offers a plethora of election 2004 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 : The Campaign - Candidates and Ridings - Leaders and Parties - Political Canada - Analysis and Commentary - Making it Count - Opinion Polls - Voter Toolkit - Daily Answer - Your View - Radio & TV Coverage

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Election 2004 - from CTV

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Decision 2004 - from The Globe and Mail
- includes results of federal opinion polls from 2000 to 2004, a voter toolkit (basic voting info), leader profiles and Canada's election history dating back to 1867.

On the Decision 2004 page, you'll also find a link to a feature called Issue Backgrounder,where you'll find regularly-updated info on the parties' positions on the following issues:
Health - Trade - Defence - Foreign - Culture - Education - Family - Provinces - Government Reform - Environment - Taxes - Law - Immigration - The Land - Aboriginal - Cities

Breaking News - Decision 2004 election news from the G&M, constantly updated

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Federal Election 2004 - from The Toronto Star

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Decision Canada - from Canada.com

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Federal and provincial elections in Canada - from Canada Online [at About.com ]
Federal Election Ridings in Canada - also from Canada Online

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Canada Votes - from CNEWS (Canoe)

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Polling Station
"The latest polls and polling news on Canadian politics and public policy"
- from HillWatch

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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
Source:
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Google News search Results : "federal election 2004, Canada"
Google Web Search Results : "federal election 2004, Canada"
Each of the two links above will open a page of Google.ca search results, and this page will always have links to current content
Source:
Google.ca

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Links to Selected Non-Governmental Sites/Pages
Focusing on the 2004 Federal Election

Campaign Against Child Poverty urges voter action on behalf of children
News Alert
June 24, 2004
"In a public message comparing the main parties' platforms on child and family poverty, Campaign Against Child Poverty reminds Canadians that we have never been closer to the dream of a national, progressive, long-term strategy to end child poverty. Four of the five parties [the Conservative Party is the exception] hoping to form the government of Canada have made clear policy statements about the components of such a strategy – early childhood education and care, the Canada Child Tax Benefit, affordable housing, targeted transfers of federal funds, and improvements to maternity/parental leave and employment insurance."
Campaign Against Child Poverty
"The Campaign Against Child Poverty is a national, non-partisan coalition of citizens from faith-groups, social justice groups, charities, child welfare organizations and others concerned about the unacceptably high levels of child and family poverty in Canada."
CACP Public Education Messages that have appeared in major Canadian newspapers over the past few years (including one that will appear on June 26)
Source:
Take Action - Vote to end child and family poverty: Federal Election 2004
[ Campaign 2000 ]
NOTE: there are more Campaign 2000 election links a bit further down on the page you're reading now.

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The Canadian Labour Congress put the three main parties’ election platform through a gender-equality screen and releases today its conclusions
June 24, 2004
“Equality for women remains a critical political goal for workers and citizens across the country, even if the debates and the headlines of this electoral season do not seem to reflect that,” says Marie Clarke Walker, executive vice-president of the Canadian Labour Congress. “This is why we have gone to the published platforms of the three main political parties and checked what they offer.”

Election 2004: Women’s Equality and Party Platforms (PDF file - 34K, 8 pages)
June 2004

Source:
BetterChoice.ca - affiliated with the Canadian Labour Congress
- incl. links to factsheets on such issues as : Good Jobs - Modern Employment Insurance - Home Care - Pharmacare - Post-secondary Education - Privatization - The Romanow Report - Fair Trade - Training Insurance - Pensions - Affordable medicine - Women’s Health Care - Equal Pay - Child Care - Women in Politics - Making Sense of Politics

Who is the Better Choice?
"For working families, the important issues for this election are clear. We want good jobs in a stronger economy and a health care system that is there when we need it. We want education and training opportunities that give working people and their children the skills to succeed. And we want secure pensions for every Canadian."
- overview of party platforms in the following areas: Health Care - Employment Insurance, Education and Training - A Secure Pension - Protecting Canadian Jobs - Child Care - Our Communities

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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."

Related Link:
Electoral Reform - Public Consultations
"The Law Commission of Canada's project on Electoral Reform is part of its strategic work on "governance relationships". The Commission intends to encourage public dialogue on alternatives to the current voting system, which will include an opportunity for citizens to voice their opinions on the values they want represented in the Canadian voting system. This process is integral in sustaining healthy democracy."
Source:
Law Commission of Canada
"The Law Commission of Canada is an independent federal law reform agency that advises Parliament on how to improve and modernize Canada’s laws."

NOTE:
Law Commission of Canada abandoned by Conservative government
The Law Commission of Canada was informed on the 25th of September, 2006, of the federal government’s decision to eliminate the Commission’s funding.
(From the now-defunct LCC English homepage)

Try doing a Google search on the title of the report)

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2004 Federal Election Links and Resources
- incl. links to election-related info in the following areas :
Arts and culture - Women's and disabled equality rights - Queer rights - Proportional representation - Canadian sovereignty - Environmental issues -
Logistics (rules and recent changes) - Parties' websites - Other campaign websites (mostly NGO)
Source:
Straight Goods - Election Special 2004 - also includes links to : News - Discussions - Your letters
[ Straight Goods ]

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Paul Martin: the devil women know
"The Liberals may be better than the new Conservative devils but that isn't saying much."
by Barbara Cameron
June 22, 2004
Source:
rabble.ca

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From the website of the National Anti-Poverty Organization (NAPO):

Break the vicious circle: Vote to free Canada from poverty (PDF file - 148K, 2 pages)
- Action Sheet to support engagement of poor people in the federal election and to ensure poverty issues are addressed in the campaign. It includes questions for candidates on poverty issues. More...

Coalition calls for action on housing and homelessness
"The National Coalition on Housing and Homelessness believes it is time for the federal government to take action to deliver housing that low income Canadians can truly afford. Canadians can send a message during the current federal election campaign by asking candidates to support a new federal affordable housing initiative."

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Federal Election 2004 : Women's Issues
- incl. an overview of 14 issues of interest for women in the upcoming federal election, plus links to further information provided by non-governmental organizations
- issues include:
The Elimination of Poverty for Women - Aboriginal Women - Child Care - Core Funding for Women's Organizations - Divorce Act on Custody and Access - Federal Government Structure for Status of Women - Health - Housing - Immigrant and Visible Minority Women - Maternity and Parental Benefits - Pay Equity - Political Representation - Women and Technology - Violence Against Women
Source:
CanadaElection.net (Coalition for Women’s Equality)

"The Coalition for Women’s Equality (CWE) is a non-partisan collective of equality-seeking women’s groups working to spread the word far and wide to women voters and others about women’s equality issues in the context of the 2004 federal election."
- incl. links to : Our Issues (see "Women's Issues" link above) • Ask The Candidate • The Parties • Elections & Voting • Take Action! • Our Human Rights • Research Documents • Press Releases • Media • Events • What's New • March Demands • Budget 2004 • Contact Us • Links

Member Organizations of The Coalition for Women's Equality (CWE):

* National Association of Women and the Law (NAWL)
* Womenspace
(website no longer accessible - March 2009)
* Canadian Feminist Alliance For International Action (FAFIA)
* Canadian Research Institute For The Advancement of Women (CRIAW)
* MediaWatch
* YWCA Canada
* Fédération des femmes du Québec (FFQ)
* National Organization of Immigrant and Visible Minority Women of Canada (NOIVMWC)
* National Action Committee on the Status of Women (NAC)

NOTE: check out each of these sites for more on women's issues and the 2004 federal election.

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EqualVOICE.ca
"...a group of women and men, more than 300 nation wide, who are deeply concerned about Canadian politics and we have formed a multi-partisan action committee devoted to the still-bold idea that more women must be elected to every level of government in Canada

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Election 2004
- incl. links to : Home - Strategic Voting - Privatization - Peace, Security and Militarization - Justice - Numbers, numbers, and budgets - The Economy - Globalization/Provincialization - Some cases - Questions - Links - Party Platforms

Source:
National Action Committee on the Status of Women

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Who benefits? A gender and distributional impact analysis of election income tax promises
by Sheila Block and Ellen Russell
Download the PDF file (96K, 6 pages)
Read the news release - June 22, 2004

Can they pay for what they say?
A pre-election comparison of the Conservative, Liberal, and New Democratic platforms
(PDF file - 83K, 5 pages)
June 11, 2004
by Ellen Russell and Sheila Block
News Release

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA)

Recent CCPA Federal Election 2004 Commentaries
- It's time for an inheritance tax
- What will the election mean for Canada's kids?
- Canada should resist the "big push" for deeper integration with the US
- Who's to Blame for Rising Homelessness?
- Low voter turnout not surprising

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Federal Election 2004 - from the Canadian Union of Public Employees
- incl. Daily Flash - Question of the day - Reason of the day... not to vote Liberal - Campaign material - more...
Top ten reasons not to vote Conservative - June 2, 2004

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BetterChoice.ca - affiliated with the Canadian Labour Congress
- incl. links to factsheets on such issues as : Good Jobs - Modern Employment Insurance - Home Care - Pharmacare - Post-secondary Education - Privatization - The Romanow Report - Fair Trade - Training Insurance - Pensions - Affordable medicine - Women’s Health Care - Equal Pay - Child Care - Women in Politics - Making Sense of Politics

Who is the Better Choice?
"For working families, the important issues for this election are clear. We want good jobs in a stronger economy and a health care system that is there when we need it. We want education and training opportunities that give working people and their children the skills to succeed. And we want secure pensions for every Canadian."
- overview of party platforms in the following areas: Health Care - Employment Insurance, Education and Training - A Secure Pension - Protecting Canadian Jobs - Child Care - Our Communities

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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"

Women's Equality Rights Survey
- short survey: just tick off the issues that matter to you in the upcoming election (from a list of just under two dozen issues), add in a comment if you wish, and indicate your home province.
Issues range from Aboriginal women's rights to women in prison.

Additional two reasons not to vote Conservative - June 7, 2004 (includes the other ten reasons...)

Danger ahead: Harper's Canada does not include child care --- An open letter to Canadians
"We believe that every child in Canada deserves high quality child care. In this election, three of the major political parties agree."
- from the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care

Source:
[ DisAbled Women's Network-Ontario ]

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Federal Election 2004
- incl. links to : Election Backgrounders - Political Parties in Canada - Minority Governments - What is a Political Party? - How to Vote in the 2004 Federal Election - Links to More Information - Leader Profiles - Political Party Platforms - Election Features (Top Five Elections in Canada, Election Report Card)
Source:
Mapleleafweb (University of Lethbridge, Alberta)
- incl. links to info on Canada's New Electoral Boundaries

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Election 2004
- incl. links to : A Voice of Our Own - CCD Election Monitor (seven issues) - Media Releases

A Voice of Our Own - Special Edition
CCD Election Challenge 2004
Participation in the Democratic Process: A Responsibility of Citizenship
-The Issues
-The Facts
-The Questions
Source:
Council of Canadians with Disabilities

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Vote for a Change.ca (federal election 2004 coalition)
A Voter Education Campaign for Peace and Justice

"Need a reason to vote?
- human rights - peace - immigration - Aboriginal rights - democracy - civil liberties - universal child care - electoral reform - welfare cuts - education - Canadian independence - the Kyoto Accord - equal marriage - corporate power - racial profiling - fair taxes - income gap - environment - equity - equality - inclusion - peace."
- incl. links to : About the Campaign - Campaign Materials - Contribute - Get Active - Contact Us - In the News
Issues include : A Fair Government - A Fair Economy - A Green Canada - A Diverse Canada - A Healthy Community - A Peaceful World - An independent Canada
Campaign Brochure (PDF file - 442K, 1 page)
- describes the campaign, includes the list of over 20 faith, labour, student, anti-poverty and equity seeking groups in this coalition, from the Anglican Church of Canada to the Urban Alliance on Race Relations.
[ version française du dépliant de la campagne (445Ko., 1 page)]
Survey : What issues are important to you?
Discussion Forum
Source:
Centre for Social Justice

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I VOTE FOR HOUSING! (Federal Election 2004)
"Looking for a way to get affordable housing on the political radar in the federal election?
The Toronto Disaster Relief Committee has launched a "Vote for Housing" Fax-a-Thon Campaign and are looking for individuals and organizations to sign a Petition to "keep housing on the agenda and vote for housing" and then send them in to all five parties. It is a non-partisan campaign and all of the materials needed to get involved are available on TDRC's web site."
Source:
Toronto Disaster Relief Committee

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Take Action - Vote to end child and family poverty: Federal Election 2004
"Fourteen years ago, the House of Commons unanimously resolved to "seek to achieve the goal of eliminating poverty among Canadian children by the year 2000". Despite consecutive years of economic growth more than one million children, or almost one child in six, still live in poverty in Canada."
- election information focused on child poverty, includes election factsheets, suggestions if you want to get involved in putting child poverty on the election agenda, key questions for all candidates on the issue of child poverty, links to more info on child poverty, and more...
Source:
Campaign 2000

Addressing child and family poverty in Canada: Where do the parties stand?
News Alert
Campaign 2000
June 11, 2004
"In advance of the Leaders Debates on June 14/15, Campaign 2000 has prepared an assessment each party's commitments to tackle child and family poverty - see 2-pager attached. Each party is evaluated according to the benchmarks outlined in Campaign 2000's Social Investment Plan for Families and Children."
Source:
Campaign 2000

Assessment each party's commitments to tackle child and family poverty- (PDF file- 25K, 2 pages)
June 11, 2004

Related Link:

The full Social Investment Plan for Families and Children is laid out in Campaign 2000's policy document "Pathways to Progress: Structural Solutions to Address Child Poverty" available at:
http://www.campaign2000.ca/res/dis.html

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Early Childhood Education and Care in the 2004 federal election
"This Issue File provides information about how ECEC is positioned in the political parties’ platforms and what key social policy groups are calling for in the election. In addition, news clippings and other resources about ECEC in the federal campaign have been included. Materials will be listed from the most recent to the oldest and new items will be added as they become available."
Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit (CRRU) - University of Toronto

Selected election 2004 content on the CRRU website :
(June 26)

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

>> Danger ahead: Harper's Canada does not include child care
by Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care
An open letter from the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care urges Canadians to remember child care on election day.


>> Who benefits?
by Block, Sheila & Russell, Ellen
Report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives shows that the tax policies in the Conservatives’ election platform benefit men and upper-income families.


>> Voices: Women, poverty and homelessness in Canada

by Neal, Rusty
Report from National Anti-Poverty Organization calls on all levels of government to deal with homelessness and poverty in Canada; recommendations include a national child care program.


>> Citizens' values and Canadian social architecture: Evidence from the citizens' dialogue on Canada’s future

by MacKinnon, Mary Pat
Report from the CPRN talks to Canadians about their vision for Canada; finds that citizens want government to play an important role in the care of children.

>> A Canada for my 'constituency' [Canada]
Toronto Star, June 24, 2004
Children’s entertainer Raffi tells voters to cast their ballots with the nation's children in mind; calls for universal early child care and development.


>> Poor families get break on day care [New Brunswick]
CBC New Brunswick, June 23, 2004
Low-income families in New Brunswick will get a break on child care expenses thanks to new subsidies, but critics say more is needed; the province needs to invest in new child care spaces and better training for staff.


>>Early childhood development should be priority [Canada]
Toronto Star, June 23, 2004
Business writer David Crane explains why early childhood education and care is essential to our economy: "The future of Canada depends on people...and the most important place to start is with early childhood development."


>> CUPE calls for forensic audit of Camosun College child care [British Columbia]
Canada NewsWire, June 22, 2004
CUPE Local 2081 insists that an investigation is needed to see what brought on Camosun College campus child care's current crises; it is seeking to enhance, not diminish, the availability of good child care for college students on southern Vancouver Island.


>> Child care crawling back into campaign [Canada]
Toronto Star, June 21, 2004
It's been 20 years since federal leaders discussed child care during a televised election debate. Advocates just hope the leaders' answers — which showed only the Conservatives to be reluctant to spend money in this area — will translate into votes for parties with strong child-care platforms.


>> Child tax reveals Harper mindset [Canada]
Toronto Star, June 20, 2004
Harper may have appeared young and forward-looking in last week's leaders' debate, but he seems keen to take us back to bygone days...all the way back to a time of the horseless carriage...And don't expect to see anything in the way of a national child-care program, as promised by the NDP and Liberals.


>> The issue no one is talking about [Canada]
Time Canada, June 14, 2004
Stephen Handelman says the return to politics by former NDP leader Ed Broadbent should remind voters of Broadbent's number one issue - child poverty.

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More CRRU Site Content:

What's new online
Child care in the news
Current Developments in Early Childhood Education and Care
Childcare Resource and Research Unit Home Page

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Campaign Child Care 2004
"
The Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada (CCAAC) will be working with child care advocates and other organizations to provide practical and user friendly election tools; information about child care issues and our solutions to address the current crisis; news about what the parties have said and what their 2004 platforms feature; links to other web sites which feature child care and more!"
Election Tool Kit
Key CCAAC Messages
- what CCAAC is advocating for
Source:
Child Care Advocacy Association of Canada

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PlanetVote Canada 2004
Portal to election-related resources, organizations, links; parties & platforms; government & politics; environmental & social issues; how to's; electoral reform; democracy watch
Source:
www.PlanetFriendly.net

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Canada Votes 2004
"Use Canada Votes to ask political candidates about their positions and perspectives on these important issues, and make your voice heard by voting in our upcoming federal election."
- incl. links to :
Participatory Democracy - Accessibility and Inclusion - Cities and Social Infrastructure - Canada Social Transfer - Federal Role in Social Policy - Population Health - Income Security - Taxation
Source:
Social Planning and Research Council (British Columbia)

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

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Federal Election 2004 Sites for and about Youth and Disgruntled Voters

Getting young Canadians to vote
May 18, 2004
"Most young Canadians are not participating in the democratic process.
Reforming electoral laws is not a complete answer, but it could represent an important step towards reversing the trend."
Source:
The Toronto Star

Getting young Canadians to vote - from Canadian Content

Student Vote 2004 - "Inspiring Active Citizenship Among Canadian Youth"
- a joint initiative between Student Vote and Elections Canada

The Rant Room - "Where young Canadians have their say"
The Public Service Alliance of Canada set up this site specifically for people under 30 to share their concerns about major issues --- starting with the 2004 federal election...

Rush The Vote!
- incl. links to : Fundamentals of Voting - Politics 101 - Who's Down With RTV - Media - Our Story - Hot Topics - Free Downloads - Contact Us - Registration

Screw the Vote - from the CBC
"According to Elections Canada, barely 25 percent of young electors (aged 18-24) exercised their right to vote in the 2000 federal election. When Prime Minister Paul Martin finally calls an election in 2004, will anyone care?"

Vote Out Loud - "Democracy for the Young"

Young Women Vote 2004: The 20,000 Project
- 20,000 for 2004 Online Petition
"As one of the 2.5 million young women in Canada between the ages of 18 and 30, I pledge to make my voice heard by exercising my right to vote in the next federal election."
Will you be one of the 20,000?

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."

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Miscellaneous Federal Election 2004 Links
(Studies, articles from the media, general political websites, etc.)

Canada’s Greens move to the right
June 24, 2004
"VANCOUVER, British Columbia – As Canadians go to the polls June 28, one of the surprises of this year’s election campaign has been the emergence of the Green Party (GP) as the fourth most popular party among Canadians. They hover at around 6-7 percent in the polls. National leader Jim Harris has been able to break through the media blackout that small third parties face and regularly appears in the print and television media. However, far from offering a left-wing alternative to Canadians, the GP under Harris – a management consultant and former Conservative Party member – has become a pro-market, “small government” party. The party’s economic and social platform borrows heavily from neoconservative thought."
Source:
People's Weekly World Newspaper Online

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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 ]

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Paul Martin: the devil women know
"The Liberals may be better than the new Conservative devils but that isn't saying much."
by Barbara Cameron
June 22, 2004
Source:
rabble.ca

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If Taxes Fall, Does Health Care Suffer? (PDF file - 68K, 3 pages)
June 17, 2004
E-brief by Yvan Guillemette and Jack Mintz
(examination of the implications of a proposal made during the current federal election campaign to lower Canadian taxes to U.S. levels, while maintaining the current health care system)
"...it appears that Canada could afford its public health care system at lower levels of taxation by running the system more efficiently and by shifting resources away from other public services that are inefficient or of lower priority. It would certainly be hard to cut taxes and spend more on health care if such efficiencies in public services cannot be achieved."
Source:
C.D. Howe Institute

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A forgotten question of values
June 16, 2004
Carol Goar
"Three elections have come and gone since Canada's political parties unanimously resolved to wipe out child poverty. The Liberals have balanced the federal budget and handed out $100 billion in tax cuts. The Conservative party has broken up and come back together to fight for more and deeper tax cuts. The New Democrat who put forward the 1989 resolution, former party leader Ed Broadbent, has spent 14 years in political retirement and returned to the fray to find the child poverty rate higher than when he left." [bolding added]
Source:
The Toronto Star

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Politics Watch - "Canada's Political Portal"
- try the PM Picker Quiz!

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Office of the Prime Minister - the official Government of Canada website of the Prime Minister
NOTE: this is not a "political" website, but you never know what you'll find here, eh...

- certainly not this lovely Photo Slide Show: Prime Minister Paul Martin meets with Bono (May 14)

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StephenHarperSaid.ca
TeamMartinSaid.ca

(Like kids in the schoolyard - and they wonder why voter turnout is low...)

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FlyOurFlag.ca (A New Democratic Party website)
"If you think a Prime Minister should be proud to fly our flag, you're not alone."
- Paul Martin's Chronology - interesting timeline of Paul Martin's ascension to corporate power and his political career from FlyOurFlag.ca

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The remainder of this page is not related to the 2004 federal election.






LINKS TO GENERAL POLITICAL WEBSITES

Elections Canada - Everything you want to know about the federal elections process in Canada. From the official government source.
Includes links to information about : Registration - Electoral Districts - Parties, Candidates and Third Parties - Past Elections - Media - International - Electoral Law and Policy - and more...

Registered Political Parties Fiscal - Period Returns
Contributions to Political Parties in Canada
(Intro + link to database)
Contributions received and the expenses incurred by registered political parties annually for 1998, 1999 and 2000 (1997 is available as a downloadable file on the main page). The data is drawn from the parties’ fiscal period returns as filed. You can either search the data on-line or download the full list of contributors for each party. The contributions detailed are amounts in excess of $100.
Click on the link above to search the database or...
Download the list of contributors for each party in the year 2000 (there's a separate link for each party)

Registered Political Parties Returns in Respect of Election Expenses – 2000 General Election
- links to the detailed expenses of each of the federal political parties in the 2000 General election


Federal Electoral Legislation
"Office consolidation prepared in accordance with subsection 554(2) of the Canada Elections Act. It comprises the Canada Elections Act, the Special Voting Rules as Adapted for the Purposes of a By-election and the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act, as well as other reference materials to facilitate researching federal electoral legislation."

NOTE:
"Bill C-24, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and the Income Tax Act (political financing) (S.C. 2003, c. 19), received royal assent on June 19, 2003 and most of its provisions come into effect on January 1, 2004."
Summary of Amendments to the Canada Elections Act



Federal and provincial elections in Canada
- from Canada Online [at About.com ]
"...starting point to information on Canadian federal and provincial (+territorial) elections."
- incl. links to the latest election results, eligibility to vote, voters lists, ridings or electoral districts, and members of parliament and provincial/territorial legislatures, organized by jurisdiction and by topic.



R.I.P. Mapleleafweb.com (2000-2011)

Mapleleafweb.com
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, Mapleleafweb.com will no longer be actively maintained.

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Political Science: A Net Station
Canadian Politics on the Internet

- incl. links to : Reference Resources - General Information - Federal, Provincial & Local Governments - Federal-Provincial Relations - Foreign Relations - Ethnicity and Politics - Law and Politics - Mass Media/Communications - Elections, Political Parties and Politics - Pressure/Interest Groups - Public Opinion/Methodology - Public Policy and Administration - Canadian Studies
Sample content:
Canadian Politics, Elections and Political Parties
Source :
Political Science: A Net Station

[Subject Resources for Political Science/International Relations]
[University of British Columbia Library]

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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.

Mondo Politico Library
"The Full Text of Some of the World's Most Important Political Books, Online and Free"
Click on the link above to skim through an annotated list of 11 classics of fiction and non-fiction books of a political nature.
Titles uploaded to date include: Thomas Paine's Common Sense - Marx and Engels' Communist Manifesto - Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf - Jean-Jacques Rousseau's The Social Contract - Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations - more...

Two favourites of mine from this list appear below, including the link to the complete book online and a blurb by Mondo Politico:


1984
- by George Orwell
"1984 has long been the first book to which we have turned for a vivid picture of a government that has used war to justify infringement on freedom; that has used speech codes to limit everyone's ability to understand higher concepts or concepts that favour human individuality; that uses powerful media to build unwarranted consensus and rewrite history; and that has used technology to nip political opposition and individualistic or eccentric practices in the bud. Far from being a caricature, it insightfully and skilfully characterizes the tendencies and motivations of unlimited government power, and the horrifying, hopeless result of such government: humanity denied its freedom to think, to be rational, and to dissent...its freedom to be human....."

Animal Farm - by George Orwell
"Written as a 'fairy story' (Orwell titled the book 'Animal Farm: A Fairy Story'), the subject of Animal Farm is very much aimed at an adult audience. Orwell paints a vivid picture of a violent political revolution of farm animals against the farmer who owns all, works the animal population hard, sends their offspring to slaughter, and feeds them little. Arguably not critical of revolution itself, Orwell describes an all-to-familiar corruption that undermines the goal of the revolution: in which those leading the revolution rally the masses not so much for the good of the masses, but so that the leaders can assume the role of master, complete with all of the oppressive conduct that goes with an authoritarian regime...."

More titles to come: *Republic (Plato)* Leviathan (Hobbes)* Locke's Second Treatise of Government* On Liberty (Mill)* Rights of Man (Paine)* Das Kapital (Marx)* Anthem (Rand)

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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

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Political Parties in Canada (from Trevor Tymchuk)

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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

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

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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

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PoliticsWatch - Canada's Political Portal
- incl. Political News - Voter Resources - Research Base - Political Jobs



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."


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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