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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...

See also the following Canadian Social Research Links pages:
* 2011 federal election links
* 2006 federal election links
* 2004 federal election links
* provincial/territorial election links


 

2008 Federal Election
October 14, 2008

Essential reading:
The week in 7 stories

December 12, 2008
- includes links to more detailed info for each story
* Michael Ignatieff acclaimed as Interim Liberal Leader
* Charest hangs on in Quebec
* Auto bailouts
* Harper's Senate appointments
*
U.S. Senate seat sale alleged
* Greek riots
* Bank rates

Source:
CBC News

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Liberal/NDP Coalition crisis stories
50+ links to CBC articles going back to November 20, 2008.
Everything you wanted to know about the current Canadian Parliamentary crisis.
And more.
Source:
CBC News

COMMENT:
Fantasy Alternate Scenario and Outcome:
* Finance Minister tables economic statement (Nov. 27): Opposition parties do the requisite public huffing and puffing, but they're working discreetly behind the scene negotiating an agreement for a coalition that includes both Liberals and NDP, with Bloc québécois commitment of support on matters of confidence. All parties concur that the draft agreement will remain confidential until it is needed, and that the "stock answer" to media enquiries about coalitions will be that political parties work together all the time on a wide range of issues, including on contingency plans in the event of a non-confidence defeat of the government.
* Dec. 8 - First non-confidence motion : Unified Opposition parties defeat the Conservative government. (Yay!)
* Dec. 9 - Prime Minister asks Governor-General to dissolve Parliament and call an election.
* December 9 - Opposition parties present to the G-G the agreement that they signed (Libs, NDP) or supported (BQ)
* G-G deems that the coalition is offering political stability in a time of turmoil and recognizes the Coalition leader as new Prime Minister.
And everyone lives happily ever after.
The difference between my fantasy and reality?
In my fantasy there's no fanfare, no rhetoric, and no public document or coalition announcement until the result of the non-confidence vote triggers the whole coalition process and details are made public.
(Oh yeah - that, AND replace hapless Stéphane Dion --- soon. I'm just sayin'.)
Dec. 13/08 update: Done deal (see "the week in 7 stories" above)

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2008 FEDERAL ELECTION RESULTS:

The election in 60 seconds (Flash graphic)
- from The Toronto Star
Who won each of the 308 ridings and which seats changed hands?
[NOTE : this Flash file may not work if you're behind a corporate or university network firewall.]

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From Elections Canada:

Election Night Results
- results displayed nationally, or by electoral district, major centre, postal code, province/territory, or party leader.

National results for all registered parties
- including popular vote for each party

NOTE : at the bottom of the table of national results, you'll note the following disparaging news:

Voter turnout 2008:
13,832,972 of 23,401,064 registered electors --- 59.1%
Voter turnout 2006:
14,815,680 of 22,812,683 registered electors --- 64.9%
See also:
Voter Turnout at Federal Elections and Referendums, 1867-2006

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2008 Federal Election Coverage - from The Toronto Star

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Federal Election 2008 - from The Globe and Mail

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Canada Votes 2008 - from CBC

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Federal Election 2008 - from CTV

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2008 Election Headquarters - from Macleans.ca

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Links to the latest Canadian election news (from Google.ca)


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...

Key election 2008 links (Elections Canada link + info on parties, leaders, candidates, ridings, polls, results, voter turnout, archives, etc.)
- includes selected media election portals

Registered political parties for the 2008 federal election
- incl. links to major party platforms

* Conservative Party of Canada
* Liberal Party of Canada
* New Democratic Party of Canada

* Green Party of Canada

* Bloc québécois (includes an English version of the party platform)

Party platforms compared (various sources)

Poverty:
Where the major national parties stand on tackling poverty

Cost breakdown of each party's spending announcements
- What the parties have promised Canadians, and how much those promises will cost
- from The Globe and Mail

Coverage of the 2008 federal election in selected media and other websites
--- Why vote on October 14?
--- Daily Digest for October 11, 2008 (150+ links to articles about the 2008 federal election)
--- the Canadian Union of Public Employees rates the platforms of the parties (October 10)
--- Women's List - Federal Election 2008 - NB Advisory Council on the Status of Women (September 2008)
--- A guide to the federal parties' election promises for families (October 9)
--- The Conservative Party Platform (October 7)
--- Two related Toronto Star editorials:
*** Harper proposes little on economy (October 8)
***... and a vapid platform (October 8)
--- thestar.com party game (October 8)
--- much more...

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NOTE: for frequently-updated election 2008 news about
early childhood education and child care,
see : Early childhood education and care (ECEC) in the 2008 federal election
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Polls - links to polling firms and poll trackers

Links to selected non-governmental sites focusing on the federal election
- incl. Canadian Women's Health Network - New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women - Campaign 2000 - Democracies Online - Social Planning and Research Council of BC - Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives / Canadian Labour Congress - Citizens for Public Justice - Make Poverty History - Childcare Resource and Research Unit - The Wellesley Institute - CUPE - Power Up Canada - and more to come...

Miscellaneous links --- federal election and general political websites - links to studies, articles and sites that don't fit in the sections above.


NOTE: this page covers only the 2008 Canadian federal election
(+ one portal link to U.S. election resources, just below) and a selection of general Canadian political websites.

For 2006 federal election links, go to http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/politics.htm
For 2004 federal election links
, go to http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/politics_2004_fed_election.htm
For provincial/territorial election links, go to http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/politics_prov_terr.htm

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U.S. Presidential Election Links:

For a collection of links to the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election, go to the Links to American Government Social Research Links page: http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/us.htm

 


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...

 

Key links to 2008 Canadian federal election information

Elections Canada Information links
- for * Aboriginal voters * Voters from ethnocultural communities * Voters with special needs * Canadian Forces electors * Voting by Mail while Inside or Outside Canada * More information about the electoral process (backgrounders) * Hours of voting * Information for the public (list of political parties, etc.)

Election 2008 Quicklinks:
Voter Information Service - from Elections Canada
Enter your postal code (or choose your location from a drop-down menu) and Elections Canada gives you:
* your electoral district
* your voter information (voting dates, location, types of identification required to vote, etc.)
* the candidates in your electoral district (with links to their websites)

Source:
Elections Canada (Federal Government website)
- the home page also includes links to : * Registration of Electors * Electoral Law, Policy and Research * Election Financing * Electoral Districts * Past Elections * International Activities * Publications * General Information

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Media Election Portals

- each of the media sites below contains many links to election basics (parties, leaders, ridings, platforms, etc.) along with articles, blogs, analyses, forums, puffin poop polls, etc.
<just kidding about the last one, eh.>

NOTE: You'll find selected content from these sites elsewhere on this page,
in a section entitled Coverage of the 2008 federal election in selected media

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2008 Federal Election Coverage - from The Toronto Star

Star Issues Links:
Afghanistan
Child Care
Cities
The Economy
The Environment
Fiscal Imbalance
Health Care
Poverty

thestar.com party game
October 8, 2008
Which party best represents your views in the 2008 federal election? Answer these questions to compare your opinion against the parties'' policies on eight important issues. After you've completed the short questionnaire (one question per issue, multiple choice answer), you'll see which party is your best overall match
- questions include * Afghanistan * Cities * Poverty * Health Care * Child Care * Fiscal Imbalance * The Economy * The Environment


Federal Election 2008 - from The Globe and Mail

Cost of their promises
What the parties have promised Canadians
A full, daily breakdown of each party's spending announcements
Source:
Federal Election 2008
[ The Globe and Mail ]

See also:
The promises and the costs
September 29, 2008
A list of key promises in the 2008 federal election campaign
Source:
The Toronto Star


Canada Votes 2008 - from CBC


Federal Election 2008 - from CTV

*** CTV Election Blogs
*** Voters' Toolkit: Tips to cast your ballot


2008 Election Headquarters - from Macleans.ca


Links to current Canadian election news (from Google.ca)

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Google in Quotes a great tool for democracy
September 24, 2008
Further proof — as though any were needed — that the brains trust at Google are a bright bunch comes with the unveiling of an experimental website called “Google In Quotes” that places quotations on any given subject from the two U.S. presidential candidates side by side. What's more, it's available in a Canadian edition — as well as an Indian and British edition. The quotations come from newspaper websites that are indexed by Google News; you get a three- or four-line quote, with a link under it to the newspaper page where it was found, and the date it was published. At the top is a list of the subjects covered. Among them are abortion, Bush, change, economy, environment, health care, housing, Iran, oil, recession and taxes. Click on any one and you will be presented with the relevant passages. A link labelled “Spin” will scroll back through previous comments on a selected issue. Similarly, for Canada, the subjects include Afghanistan, Arctic, carbon tax, environment, jobs, Quebec and sovereignty. And in all of them, you can find a drop-down box that allows you to change the people whose quotes are comparing Stephen Harper, say, to Jack Layton on the issues.

In Quotes - try it --- you'll like it!
NOTE: after clicking the link above, move your cursor to the top right corner of the next page and select Canada from the drop-down menu

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Masochist Alert:

712 quotes by Stephane Dion

887 quotes by Stephen Harper

(from In Quotes, as of September 27)

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Canadian federal election, 2008 - from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
- incl. * Background * Events since the 2006 election * Timeline * The election * Results * Target seats * Issues * Opinion polls * Leadership polls * Candidates * Incumbent MPs not running for re-election * References * External links

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2008 Election in Canada - from Mapleleafweb.com

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.


 

Registered Political Parties for the 2008 General Election

NOTE: Click on the Google Search Result links below for the latest and most relevant content on the Web and in the news.

 

Liberal Party of Canada

 

 

Liberal Party of Canada - home page

Liberals release plan for a richer, fairer, greener Canada
September 22, 2008
News Release
OTTAWA – The Liberal Party of Canada today released a fully-costed, fiscally-responsible platform, “A Richer, Fairer, Greener Canada,” which lays out a progressive, inclusive vision to make Canada a stronger country for the next generation.

Richer, Fairer, Greener : An Action Plan for the 21st Century
The 2008 Liberal Party Platform
- links to PDF files with detailed info on each plank of the party platform:
* A Richer Canada * A Greener Canada * A Fairer Canada (see the direct link below) * A Safer Canada * Canada and the World
* Costing (see the direct link below)

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From the Liberal platform:

A Fairer Canada (PDF - 745K, 17 pages):
Includes: The 30-50 Plan, Investing in Our Children, Health Care, Women’s Equality, Immigration: Welcoming New Canadians, EI Changes, A New Relationship with Canada’s First Nations, Inuit and Métis, Minority Language Rights, A Safer Canada, Respectful Federalism

Costing : Canadians Demand Fiscal Responsibility (PDF - 345K, 5 pages)
Related Backgrounder (PDF - 23K, 3 pages)
September 2008
"(...)The Liberal platform [also] commits to building a fairer, more inclusive society by:
Implementing the 30-50 Plan to reduce poverty: We will launch a full-scale attack on poverty in Canada, with the goal of reducing the number of people living below the poverty line by at least 30 per cent, and the number of children living in poverty by at least 50 per cent."

Media analysis of the 2008 Liberal Party platform - from Google.ca

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Dion Unveils the Liberal Plan to Win the War Against Poverty
November 9, 2007
TORONTO - Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion today unveiled a comprehensive plan to dramatically reduce the number of Canadians living below the poverty line by at least 30 per cent and cut in half the number of children living in poverty in five years. Mr. Dion called it the Liberal 30-50 Plan to Reduce Poverty.
Source:
Liberal Party of Canada

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Stéphane Dion's websites:
* Entre les branches... avec Stéphane Dion
* This is Dion
[there's also a Flash version of the English Dion site. Why is this necessary, I wonder...]

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Scandalpédia - "the free encyclopedia of Conservative scandals"

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Liblogs
Liblogs is a group of bloggers who support the Liberal Party. They are average Canadians from coast-to-coast who have decided to write down their thoughts about politics online. While we do our best to help the Liberals, we are not organized, endorsed, edited, controlled or in any way spokespeople for the Liberal Party.

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Google Web Search Results : "2008 Federal election, Liberal Party"
Google News Search Results : "2008 Federal election, Liberal Party"

Conservative Party

 

 

Conservative Party - home page

Protecting Canadian families amid global economic uncertainty
Conservatives implementing a proven plan; Liberals still trying to find one
News Release
October 07, 2008
Toronto – Prime Minister Stephen Harper today laid out the time-tested and true path his Conservative Government has charted consistently over the past two and a half years to prepare and protect Canadian families and the economy amid increasing global economic uncertainty.
- includes a backgrounder with Tory platform highlights

The True North Strong and Free:
Stephen Harper's Plan for Canadians
(PDF - 2.6MB, 44 pages)
NOTE: there's no direct link to the Tory platform on their website because the link itself is a javascript popup window.
There are many compelling security-related reasons NOT to use javascript or popup windows when you want to spread your message on the Internet. And I think the Tories know very well that both javascript and popup windows will reduce the number of visitors who will actually read their platform. Forcing visitors to flail around the site to even find the link to the PDF file is also funny but not funny-ha-ha.

To view the Tory party platform
PDF file on the Conservative Party's website:

1. Click the link below.
2. On the next page that opens, click the secret link (the cover page of the party platform) to view the 44-page PDF file.
NOTE: you must have both javascript and popups enabled to view the PDF file on the Tory website.

A plan for the economy vs proposals for financial disaster
October 07, 2008
- incl. a link to the Tory platform in PDF format

Source:
Conservative Party of Canada

Related links:

Assessing Harper's platform
October 7, 2008
Analysis of the Conservative platform by Greg Lyle (former chief of staff for premiers Gary Filmon and Gordon Campbell), Scott Reid (former communications director for Paul Martin) and Gerald Caplan (former NDP campaign manager).
Source:
Federal Election 2008
[ The Globe and Mail ]

Two editorials from the 2008 Federal Election Page (Toronto Star):

Harper proposes little on economy
October 8
Prime Minister Stephen Harper tried hard in his speech in Toronto yesterday to regain momentum in this election campaign by focusing on the economy. Tried, but ultimately failed. He failed because in his speech he did not display any empathy for Canadians who have lost their jobs as the economy has slowed or who have seen their retirement savings severely reduced as the markets have crashed. Instead, in TV interviews yesterday he talked of "some great buying opportunities emerging in the market."

... and a vapid platform
October 8
More than a month after calling the election – and only a week before Canadians cast their ballots – Prime Minister Stephen Harper released his party's election platform yesterday.That he would wait until the 11th hour to unveil his master plan says a great deal. That the 41-page plan would say so little speaks volumes about Harper's calculations. And that it would feature 22 colour photos of the Prime Minister in its 41 large-font pages says it all.

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Not a Leader.ca - the Conservative "attack" website, post-puffin poop and with several features disabled. Expect this site to magically disappear, soon.
Will you be Tricked.caDion Tax Trick” — a.k.a. the Dion Tax Trick — a.k.a. the big bad Green Shift
See also:
Election poopslinging (September 12) - from Eye Weekly

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Google Web Search Results : "2008 Federal election, Conservative Party"
Google News Search Results : "2008 Federal election, Conservative Party"

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The Real Conservative Party Policy Regarding Women's Equality

 

New Democratic Party

 

 

New Democratic Party - home page

Layton releases platform that puts families first:
Prudent plan chooses the middle-class over corporate tax cuts

September 28, 2008
TORONTO – New Democrat Leader Jack Layton released his party’s platform today at a community centre in his east-end Toronto riding. The platform focused on helping middle-class and working families make ends meet. “While Stephen Harper’s priority is a $50 billion corporate tax cut, my priority is investing in families and their children,“ said Layton. The centerpiece of the platform is the New Democrats’ new Child Benefit, an initiative that unifies, simplifies and enhances existing programs such as the Child Tax Benefit and the Universal Child Care Benefit.
Source:
New Democratic Party

NDP Platform 2008
PDF version
(617K, 46 pages) - all in one file
HTML version - scroll about halfway down the page for a table of contents and links to individual sections of the platform

Excerpts:

*Helping Families Make Ends Meet - and Ending Poverty
Jack Layton and the New Democrats will introduce a Poverty Elimination Act to eliminate poverty in Canada by the year 2020:
* This act will set firm targets, and make the government accountable for achieving these targets.
* The act will make the government accountable for eliminating poverty in Canada by 2020.
* Every five years the government will have to report on its progress and deliver an action plan, to be approved by the House of Commons.
* Initial targets will include reducing child poverty by more than 50 percent and the overall poverty rate by more than 35 percent in the first five years.
* The act will establish a poverty elimination office housed within HRDC to assume overall responsibility for implementing our poverty-reduction strategy and developing concrete poverty indicators.

* Affordable Housing: "Bring Canada Home"
To help ensure Canadians will have adequate and affordable housing, Jack Layton and the New Democrats will implement a durable, comprehensive and fully-funded affordable housing strategy that meets Canada's international obligations, as set out by the United Nations. We will build towards the 10-year goal of the One Percent Solution – with one percent of federal spending allocated for truly affordable housing.

Media analysis of the NDP platform - Google.ca search results

From the NDP website:

Confronting poverty in Canada
- list of recent NDP accomplishments, but no promises yet...
Source:
The Plan - Putting Families First

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Google Web Search Results : "2008 Federal election, New Democratic Party"
Google News Search Results : "2008 Federal election, New Democratic Party"

 

Bloc Québécois

 

Bloc Québécois
NOTE : the party's site is in French only, but the party platform is available in English.

English party platform:

Présent pour le Québec [Present for Québec]:
Policy Statement, 2008 federal election
(PDF - 2.3MB, 16 pages)
September 8

Version française:
Présent pour le Québec : Plateforme électorale, élections 2008

Le 8 septembre
(Téléchargez le texte en un seul fichier (format PDF - 2Mo., 16 pages) ou sélectionnez
un chapitre en particulier de la table des matières que vous trouverez sur la page Présent pour le Québec.)

Le Bloc Québécois présente sa nouvelle plateforme électorale - Le 8 septembre
(Sommaire de la plateforme du BQ)

Google Web Search Results : "2008 Federal election, Bloc quebecois"
Google News Search Results : "2008 Federal election, Bloc quebecois


 

Green Party of Canada

 

 

Green Party of Canada Party Platform - September 17
- incl. an intro and links to the following:

* The official party platform:
Looking Forward : A fresh perspective on Canada’s future
(PDF - 299K, 8 pages)
(...)
• Bring in income splitting and low-income support as part of our Green Tax Shift.
• Eliminate income tax for those earning $20,000 or less.
• Work toward a Guaranteed Annual Income in place of the current maze of programs.
• Ensure universal access to excellent childcare and early childhood education.
(...)

* The Official Green Party Budget (PDF - 69K, 1 page)

* Vision Green – Our detailed policy document (160 pages)

An excerpt from Vision Green:
11. Eliminating poverty:
"The Green Party of Canada believes it is time to re-visit a major policy initiative -- the use of a negative income tax, or Guaranteed Livable Income (GLI) for all. The use of a GLI could eliminate poverty and allow social services to concentrate on problems of mental health and addiction. The essential plan is to provide a regular annual payment to every Canadian without regard to a needs- test. The level of the payment will be regionally set at a level above poverty, but at a bare subsistence level [*bolding added - see Con Alert below] to encourage additional income generation."
Source:
Part Four : PEOPLE (this section also covers child poverty, child care, seniors, homelessness, women, people with disabilities, Aboriginal people, and much more...)
[ Vision Green ]

* Green Tax Shift

News Release (september 17)

Source:
Green Party of Canada

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*Con Alert! "bare subsistence level"?
As usual, the Devil's in the Details.
Groups like the fiscally- and socially-conservative Fraser Institute are enthusiastic supporters of the guaranteed annual income (GAI) concept.
That's because it means scrapping a significant number of Canada's social programs to fund the GAI, and it means that the savings to the Treasury can be increased by setting the GAI income level at the lowest possible level, i.e., the basic subsistence level. At least according to the Fraser Institute and the Green Party's election platform...

Related reading:

Senate Roundtable on Guaranteed Income (June 13, 2008)
Senate Sub-Committee on Cities
Transcript of the proceedings of the roundtable (51 printed pages)
June 13, 2008
Highly recommended reading --- valuable insights on guaranteed income from recognized experts in the field of guaranteed annual income, including Derek Hum (father of Mincome Manitoba), Senator Hugh Segal, Sheila Regehr (Director, National Council of Welfare), Rob Rainer (Executive Director, National Anti-Poverty Organization), professors Lars Osberg and Jim Mulvale, Michael Mendelson of the Caledon Institute of Social Policy, Marie White (Council of Canadians with Disabilities) and several others.

For more on the guaranteed annual income, go to http://www.canadiansocialresearch.net/gai.htm

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Also from the Green Party website:

Living Policy: Social Justice - includes a promise to create a "Comprehensive Anti-Poverty Strategy for Canada"

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Google Web Search Results : "2008 Federal election, Green Party"
Google News Search Results : "2008 Federal election, Green Party"

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Other Registered Political Parties for the 2008 General Election:

Canadian Action Party

 

 

Christian Heritage Party of Canada

 

 

Communist Party of Canada

 

 

Marijuana Party

 

 

Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada|

 



Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada

 

First Peoples National Party of Canada

 

 

Libertarian Party of Canada

 

 

Progressive Canadian Party

 

 

neorhino.ca

 

 

Western Block Party

 

 

Related link:

Registered Political Parties and Parties Eligible for Registration - from Elections Canada
Elections Canada: Political Parties, Candidates and Others: Registered Political Parties
Updated on September 7, 2008
- includes website URLs and contact information (regular and email, phone and fax) for each party

 

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Comparisons of Party platforms

Promises, promises
Interactive election platforms for the five major parties and an easy comparison
Source:
The Globe and Mail

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Party platforms online
Brief summary of each party's platform and a link to the platform document for each party
Source:
The Toronto Star

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CUPE's election report card:
CUPE rates the platforms of the parties
October 10
Comparison of party platforms in the following areas :
* Privatization * Health care * Child Care * Economy * Environment *
Source:
Canadian Union of Public Employees

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Housing, homelessness, health, and the 2008 federal election
Election Housing Primer:
* Housing insecurity at record levels
* Federal investments lowest in two decades
* Key federal investments renewed, but funding frozen despite growing need
* Analysis of housing in 2008 political party platforms

See also:
Feds extend housing / homeless investments but freeze dollars

September 21, 2008

Source:
The Wellesley Institute



Where the major national parties stand on tackling poverty

From Make Poverty History:

On The Record
Make Poverty History asked the leaders of the five main political parties a series of questions about their plans to reduce poverty, here in Canada and overseas.
Questions:
* Support for the goals of Make Poverty History
* Giving 0.7% of national income in foreign aid
* A national plan to reduce poverty
* Poverty in First Nations communities
* Support for the Kelowna accord or similar plan to reduce First Nations poverty

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Where the major national parties stand on tackling poverty
October 4, 2008

Conservatives:
Have not proposed any poverty-reduction plan. The Tories would introduce a $500 tax credit to help parents pay for children’s arts programs. No new initiatives on child care, employment insurance or other income supports for low-income Canadians...

Liberals:
Within five years, would reduce the number of Canadians living in poverty by at least 30 per cent and cut the number of poor children by half...

NDP:
Would introduce a Poverty Elimination Act to end poverty by 2020, with a goal of cutting overall poverty by 35 per cent and halving child poverty within five years...

Greens:
Would introduce a Guaranteed Liveable Income – a new payment to all Canadians – to ensure no one lives in poverty. Promise to eliminate income taxes for those earning less than $20,000 annually...
NOTE: See the Green Party platform (this link takes you elsewhere on the page you're now reading) for a commentary about the Green Party's promotion of a "liveable income" that's based on "bare subsistence levels."

Source:
The Toronto Star Election Special
NOTE: this resource from the Toronto Star also includes links to poverty-related news items from the campaign trail, and this section is frequently updated.
The parties' views on poverty and poverty reduction will be contained in their respective election platforms, which you can find in the Registered Parties section of the page you're now reading.

 

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Selected coverage of the 2008 federal election (in reverse chronological order)


Click the direct links below to access extensive and up-to-date
2008 Federal Election Coverage in selected media:
- The Toronto Star
- The Globe and Mail
- [ G&M election blogs ]
- CBC
- incl. Poll Tracker with a timeline of events such as Canada's New Government's budgets, the Liberal leadership race, etc.
- CTV
- Current Canadian Election News - from Google.ca
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NOTE : this selection of media articles related to the 2008 federal election will focus on social issues, so don't expect links to articles about puffin poop or a Tory aide getting busted for making disparaging remarks about a dead Canadian soldier's father --- although both situations spoke volumes about the party that wants to be re-elected to govern us.

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Why vote on October 14?
Voting connects us to one another as citizens. By taking part in an election and by expressing our point of view, we help our democracy work. By agreeing or disagreeing with our leaders we show that the political system can accept differing points of view and can resolve them.

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

Women's List - Federal Election 2008 - September 2008
(this link takes you to the NGO section of this page)
New on the website of the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women, this is a list of ten issues of importance to Canadian women’s equality in the 2008 federal election, and it includes over 120 links to online resources concerning these issues.

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A guide to the federal parties' election promises for families
October 9, 2008
*List of campaign promises pertaining to families by all major parties
Source:
The Ottawa Citizen

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thestar.com party game
October 8, 2008
Which party best represents your views in the 2008 federal election? Answer these questions to compare your opinion against the parties'' policies on eight important issues. After you've completed the short questionnaire (one question per issue, multiple choice answer), you'll see which party is your best overall match
- questions include * Afghanistan * Cities * Poverty * Health Care * Child Care * Fiscal Imbalance * The Economy * The Environment
Source:
2008 Federal Election Page (Toronto Star)

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The Conservative Party Platform (October 7)
- this link takes you alsewhere on the page you're now reading to a collection of links to the Conservative Party's platform and analysis of that platform.

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Two editorials about the Conservative platform
from the 2008 Federal Election Page (Toronto Star):

Harper proposes little on economy
October 8
Prime Minister Stephen Harper tried hard in his speech in Toronto yesterday to regain momentum in this election campaign by focusing on the economy. Tried, but ultimately failed. He failed because in his speech he did not display any empathy for Canadians who have lost their jobs as the economy has slowed or who have seen their retirement savings severely reduced as the markets have crashed. Instead, in TV interviews yesterday he talked of "some great buying opportunities emerging in the market."

... and a vapid platform
October 8
More than a month after calling the election – and only a week before Canadians cast their ballots – Prime Minister Stephen Harper released his party's election platform yesterday.That he would wait until the 11th hour to unveil his master plan says a great deal. That the 41-page plan would say so little speaks volumes about Harper's calculations. And that it would feature 22 colour photos of the Prime Minister in its 41 large-font pages says it all.

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Housing, homelessness, health, and the 2008 federal election
Election Housing Primer:
* Housing insecurity at record levels
* Federal investments lowest in two decades
* Key federal investments renewed, but funding frozen despite growing need
* Analysis of housing in 2008 political party platforms

NOTE: See Feds extend housing / homeless investments but freeze dollars
September 21, 2008

Source:
The Wellesley Institute

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Europe's anti-poverty efforts put us to shame
October 4, 2008
By Laurie Monsebraaten
The poor may not always be with us. It sounds like a radical idea, but that's just what three of the national political party leaders are telling voters in this federal election. Problem is, the party leading the polls and expected to win on Oct. 14 has been silent on the issue affecting some 3 million Canadians, including 880,000 children. And without a plan to tackle poverty – or even acknowledge it's a problem – Stephen Harper's Conservatives would appear to be behind the curve, say social policy experts.
Source:
2008 Federal Election Coverage
[ The Toronto Star ]

Also from The Star:

Where the major national parties stand on tackling poverty
October 4, 2008
(Excerpts)

Conservatives:
Have not proposed any poverty-reduction plan. The Tories would introduce a $500 tax credit to help parents pay for children’s arts programs. No new initiatives on child care, employment insurance or other income supports for low-income Canadians...

Liberals:
Within five years, would reduce the number of Canadians living in poverty by at least 30 per cent and cut the number of poor children by half...

NDP:
Would introduce a Poverty Elimination Act to end poverty by 2020, with a goal of cutting overall poverty by 35 per cent and halving child poverty within five years...

Greens:
Would introduce a Guaranteed Liveable Income – a new payment to all Canadians – to ensure no one lives in poverty. Promise to eliminate income taxes for those earning less than $20,000 annually...
NOTE: See the Green Party platform (this link takes you elsewhere on the page you're now reading) for a Con Alert concerning the Green Party's promotion of a "liveable income" that's based on "bare subsistence levels."
[ HINT: Why would the fiscally- and sociallly-conservative Fraser Institute support a guaranteed liveable income?? The Devil's in the Details.]

Source:
The Toronto Star Election Special
NOTE: this resource from the Toronto Star also includes links to poverty-related news items from the campaign trail, and this section is frequently updated.

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Federal Leaders' Debates (October 1-2)
- this link takes you to a Google.ca news search results page with links to media analysis of the debates

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Warning from Campaign 2000 to Federal Parties:
High Child Poverty Rates Threaten Social Fabric of Canada’s Cities

Media Release
September 29, 2008
Toronto –Citing disturbing census data on high child and family poverty rates in major Canadian cities, the national antipoverty coalition Campaign 2000 today urged all federal party leaders to commit to a Poverty Reduction Strategy for Canada.
Source:
Campaign 2000 <=== this link takes you further down on the page you're now reading, where you'll find links to the Campaign 2000 papers (5 links in all).
Click the BACK button on your browser to return here.

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NDP to pledge $400/month child benefit
Layton set to unveil benefit plan he hopes takes party to victory – as official opposition
September 28, 2008
VANCOUVER–The New Democrats will today unveil an ambitious new $17 billion child benefit plan that will pay families up to $400 a month per child, sources told the Star. NDP Leader Jack Layton will announce the cornerstone pledge of his Oct. 14 election campaign when he launches the party's platform this afternoon in Toronto.
Source:
Star Election Coverage
[ The Toronto Star ]

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The Harper Record
September 2008
Edited by Canadian Labour Congress Senior Researcher Teresa Healy
The book consists of about 40 chapters dissecting the two and one-half year record of the Conservative government across a wide range of issues -- from jobs and the economy, to human rights, international issues, the environment, and social programs. (...) The 47 writers, researchers and analysts who have co-written this book probe into every aspect of the Harper minority government's administration. From the economy to the environment, from social programs to foreign policy, from health care to tax cuts, from the Afghanistan mission to the tar sands, from free trade to deep integration, and to many other areas of this government's record, the authors have dug out the facts and analyzed them.

Click the link above to see a table of contents and links to individual chapters, or:
Download the complete book (PDF - 2.6MB, 504 pages)

Themes:
* Governance * Economy, Trade and Investment * Racialization and (In)Security * Energy and Environment
* (In)Equality and Public Services * Culture and Communications * Federal-Provincial Relations

Sample chapters from the book
===> this link takes you further down on the page you're now reading to a half-dozen sample chapters from this book.
Use the BACK button on your browser to return here.

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Related link:

Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)

Also from the CLC:

This election is about our jobs and our pay cheques
September 8, 2008

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Tough Luck, Kids
When Harper plays the family card, he cheats.
By Murray Dobbin
September 17, 2008
You have to hand it to Stephen Harper and the Conservatives and their chutzpa at portraying themselves as pro-family. Virtually all their policies work to undermine the security of families and their quality of life. Unless, of course, you are talking about the families of the wealthy and privileged who have received about 70 per cent of federal personal tax cuts over the past 10 years
Source:
TheTyee.ca

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Backgrounder : Housing and Homelessness
(...) Funding for the Affordable Housing Initiative (AHI), the housing renovation programs, including the Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP), and the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) were set to expire on March 31, 2009. On September 4, 2008, the Government of Canada decided to set aside funding for housing and homelessness programs at $387.9 million per year for five years to March 31, 2014.
Source:
Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Related links:

Feds extend housing / homeless investments but freeze dollars
September 21, 2008
By Michael Shapcott
Just three days before it triggered an election, the federal government quietly approved a five-year extension of Canada’s national housing and homelessness programs that were due to expire. But it has frozen the dollars despite growing need, according to a backgrounder from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation on Friday.
Source:
Wellesley Institute Blog
[ The Wellesley Institute ]

Tories to extend pre-announced housing programs
September 17, 2008
The Conservative Party re-announced a pledge of $1.9-billion to extend a trio of housing and homelessness programs Wednesday, money that had been set aside in the budget earlier this year. Monte Solberg, the outgoing Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, and John Baird, Minister of Environment, announced the five-year extension of the programs. The Affordable Housing Initiative (AHI), the Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program (RRAP) and the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) would each have expired next March.
Source:
Source:
Globe and Mail

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Liberals and NDP promise to boost child care - September 17
The Childcare Resource and Research Unit (in Toronto) has created and frequently updates the following federal election resource dealing specifically with child care:
Early childhood education and care (ECEC) in the 2008 federal election
Go to the ECEC page and scroll down to "News Articles" to find the article about Liberal and NDP child care promises and much more.

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Low-income voters look to province
September 15, 2008
By Carol Goar
Low-income voters don't pay much attention to national elections. The political leaders seldom talk to them. They rarely even talk about them. Superficially, this campaign is different. Three of the four main parties have identified poverty reduction as one of their key priorities. But here in Ontario, there is little excitement among anti-poverty groups. The principal reason is that most of their attention is focused on Queen's Park right now. With the provincial government finalizing the details of its poverty reduction plan, they don't want to be distracted by elusive campaign promises.
Source:
Toronto Star

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Two commentaries on the 2008 federal election by Andrew Jackson:

The Conservative - Liberal Fiscal Box
September 10, 2008
As the federal political parties begin to make promises of new spending or tax cuts, the question arises as to how much fiscal room is available to Canada’s next government.The short answer is that the Conservatives and Liberals have locked themselves into the same fiscal box, and only the NDP has the room needed to make new commitments.

The Green Version of the Tax Shift
September 11, 2008
Now that Elizabeth May is set to join in the televised election debates, her party’s platform will come under greater scrutiny. There is much to like in it - especially a major investment program in energy efficiency, alternative energy, public transit and so on. Her commitment to seriously dealing with climate change and creating a new economy and new jobs in the process is not in question.
That said, I find the Green Tax Shift part of the program outlined on their web site highly questionable and, indeed, slightly weird.

Source:
Progressive Economics Forum Blog
[ other posts by Andrew Jackson ]
[ Progressive Economics Forum ]
The Progressive Economics Forum aims to promote the development of a progressive economics community in Canada. The PEF brings together over 125 progressive economists, working in universities, the labour movement, and activist research organizations. ]

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From the Toronto Star:

Party battles 'tree-hugger' myth
September 13, 2008
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May isn't shy about touting her party's conservative credentials. For some, the party's name conjures images of left-wing tree huggers. But May emphasizes a picture of a socially progressive group with fiscally conservative ideas. Even members of the Conservative party's natural constituency, she believes, would feel at home with the Greens. (...)
Election pledge re. eliminating poverty
* Remove income taxes on those living below the poverty line.
* Increase Guaranteed Income Supplements to seniors by 25 per cent.
* As a first step to a guaranteed annual income, give an additional $5,000 a year to adults currently on welfare and strike deals with provinces so it doesn't get clawed back.

Greens to be in debates
Public pressure forces Layton and Harper to okay the participation of party leader May

September 11, 2008

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Canada: Conservatives call federal election for October 14
By Keith Jones
9 September 2008
Circumventing his own government’s fixed-date election law, Canadian Prime Minister and Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper has called a federal election for Tuesday October 14. A spate of recent opinion polls suggest that the Conservatives, who have formed a minority government since February 2006, are in striking distance of a parliamentary majority. But the principal reason for the government’s rush to the polls is the rapidly deteriorating economic situation.
Source:
World Socialist Website

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From the Green Party of Canada:

September 8,.2008
Green Party will eliminate poverty and promote local food
OTTAWA – Green Party leader Elizabeth May today highlighted both the need to eliminate poverty in Canada and promote local food on her first election campaign stop in Ottawa. (...) To eliminate poverty and hunger, the Green Party would look at introducing a Guaranteed Livable Income for Canadians. As a regular annual payment, negotiation with the provinces could allow Guaranteed Livable Income supplements to be set regionally. Setting the payment at a level adequate for subsistence will still encourage additional income generation."

Elizabeth May welcomes Blair Wilson as first Green Party MP
August 30, 2008
OTTAWA – Green Party leader Elizabeth May is welcoming MP Blair Wilson to the Green Party as the first Green Member of Parliament in Canada. Mr. Wilson, MP for West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country, will serve in the Green Party Shadow Cabinet. "Today we make history," said Ms. May. "I am grateful for Mr. Wilson's principled belief that the Green Party deserves a voice in Parliament and for his firm commitment to democracy. With a Green MP sitting in the House of Commons, it will now be impossible to exclude the Green Party from the televised leaders' debates in the next election. "I am also pleased that Mr. Wilson has agreed to join our Shadow Cabinet as Immigration Critic. As a past member of the House of Commons Immigration Committee, he is well-qualified for this role and brings expertise to this position that will prove invaluable to the Green Party." Mr. Wilson has served as an Independent MP since autumn of 2007.

Related links:

Blair Wilson - from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Revamp social assistance, May proposes
September 9, 2008
OTTAWA–Poverty could be ended by replacing welfare and other "shame-based" support programs with a single cheque that guarantees a liveable income, Green Leader Elizabeth May says. "The solution to end poverty is a guaranteed liveable income for all that says that every single Canadian receives enough money to live on," May told reporters yesterday at an Ottawa soup kitchen where she highlighted her anti-poverty strategy.
Source:
Toronto Star

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Dion's green anti-poverty plan
June 25, 2008
By Carol Goar
When Stéphane Dion announced last November that a Liberal government would cut poverty by 30 per cent – and child poverty by 50 per cent – within five years, his political opponents scoffed. Where would he find the billions of dollars he needed to deliver on his commitment? Now we know the answer – or at least a large part of the answer. Dion's proposed carbon tax, unveiled last week, would allow him to launch the most aggressive anti-poverty program in 40 years.
Source:
The Toronto Star

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From the website of the Liberal Party of Canada:

It Takes a Country:
Ken Dryden Embarks on Cross-country National Anti-Poverty Tour

January 10, 2008
OTTAWA - Ken Dryden, Chair of the Liberal Caucus Social Development Committee and Member of Parliament for York Centre, is traveling across Canada to engage Canadians with "It Takes a Country", a national call to action to address the unacceptable levels of poverty that affect Canadians of all ages and all walks of life.
- incl. links (in the left-hand margin of the page) to several related stories and a video about the Liberal 30-50 Plan to Reduce Poverty.

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Mr. Dion’s Anti- Poverty Plan
Posted by Andrew Jackson
November 15
"I’m a big fan of setting clear and attainable targets and timetables to eliminate poverty, and applaud last week’s Liberal Party commitment to reduce the number of those living in poverty by 30% and the numbers of children living in poverty by 50% within 5 years. Clear targets and timetables have recently been called for by the National Council of Welfare and by Campaign 2000 with the laudable aim of keeping governments’ feet to the fire, and have clearly played a significant role in sustaining tangible reductions in poverty in the UK and other countries, as detailed in a good new Campaign 2000 policy paper (PDF)."
Source:
Relentlessly Progressive Economics:
Commentary on Canadian economics and public policy

[A Blog of the Progressive Economics Forum]

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Caledon Response to Liberal
Poverty Strategy
(PDF file - 264K, 9 pages)
by Ken Battle, Sherri Torjman,
Michael Mendelson and Ed Tamagno
November 2007
"(...)The renewed focus on poverty is long overdue. Strong and explicit federal leadership, along with cooperation with the provinces and territories in several key areas, are essential to attain significant reductions in poverty. But real progress will not be possible unless sound policy measures are employed to achieve this crucial goal.
Source:
Caledon Institute of Social Policy

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Dion Unveils the Liberal Plan to Win the War Against Poverty
November 9, 2007
TORONTO - Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion today unveiled a comprehensive plan to dramatically reduce the number of Canadians living below the poverty line by at least 30 per cent and cut in half the number of children living in poverty in five years. Mr. Dion called it the Liberal 30-50 Plan to Reduce Poverty.
Source:
Liberal Party of Canada

Related links:

Dion's ambitious poverty strategy
Editorial
November 10, 2007
In a dramatic and welcome move to affirm a progressive agenda for Canada, Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion spoke yesterday directly to Canadians Prime Minister Stephen Harper has forgotten and abandoned, namely the 3.4 million people who live in poverty. And what Dion said was that, if elected, the Liberals would launch an ambitious national poverty reduction strategy aimed at lowering the number of Canadians living in poverty by at least 30 per cent over the next five years and the number of children in poverty by 50 per cent.
Source:
The Toronto Star

Dion unveils Liberal poverty-slashing strategy
November 9, 2007
Liberal Leader Stephane Dion says his party would cut the number of Canadians living in poverty by 30 per cent over five years if they form the next government. A federal Liberal government would also cut the number of children living in poverty by half in that same period, he said Friday during a speech in Toronto.
Source:
CTV

Related Web/News/Blog links:

Google Search Results Links - always current results!
Using the following search terms (without the quote marks):
"Canada Liberal poverty plan"
- Web search results page
- News search results page
- Blog Search Results page
Source:
Google.ca

 

Polls

Polls

Federal poll tracker
- incl. links to over two dozen polls (click highlighted dates in the poll tracker for related info)
- covers polls by : Harris/Decima - Angus Reid Strategies - Strategic Counsel - Ipsos-Reid - Ekos Research Associates - Nanos Research
[includes links to each of those polling firms' websites]
Source:
The Toronto Star

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Poll Tracker : Party preferences
Who is where in the race to power
A sampling of public opinion surveys over the past two years
Source:
CBC

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

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

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Links to selected non-governmental sites focusing on the federal election

[Work in Progress - newer links are added at the top of this list of NGOs...]

Canadian Women’s Health Network

 

Bringing Women's Voices and Concerns to the National Table
Federal Election 2008

CWHN is highlighting resources created by other non-governmental organizations for this federal election. These cover important issues, specifically on questions dealing with healthcare and women's equality. In this section, you will find answers from politicians, calls to action, questions to ask the candidates and analysis of the parties' platforms

Source:
Canadian Women's Health Network
The Canadian Women’s Health Network (CWHN) was created in 1993 as a voluntary national organization to improve the health and lives of girls and women in Canada and the world by collecting, producing, distributing and sharing knowledge, ideas, education, information, resources, strategies and inspirations. We are a far-reaching web of researchers and activists, mothers, daughters, caregivers, and family members, people working in community clinics and on hospital floors, at the university, in provincial and federal health ministries, and in women’s organizations, all dedicated to bettering women’s health and equality.

 

New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women

 

Women's List - Federal Election 2008
September 2008
Issues of importance to Canadian women’s equality in the 2008 federal election:

* Deliver on the constitutional promise of equality
* Ensure equal rights for Aboriginal women
* Fund quality early childhood care & education
* Ensure a livable income
* Commit to affordable housing
* Eliminate violence against women
* Ensure access to justice
* Improve maternity & parental benefits
* Act for women’s health
* Increase female political representation

Click the Women's List link for a collection of over 120 individual resources related to the above list of issues.
[Some of this info is specific to NB]
NOTE: Never mind the federal election --- I highly recommend this resource as a primer on women's issues in Canada!
Source:
New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women

 

Campaign 2000

 

Warning from Campaign 2000 to Federal Parties:
High Child Poverty Rates Threaten Social Fabric of Canada’s Cities
(PDF -25K, 1 page)
Media Release
September 29, 2008
Toronto –Citing disturbing census data on high child and family poverty rates in major Canadian cities, the national antipoverty coalition Campaign 2000 today urged all federal party leaders to commit to a Poverty Reduction Strategy for Canada. The 2006 Census shows that in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver 1 out of every 4 children lives in poverty. In Winnipeg, St. John’s and Victoria, 1 in every 5 children lives in poverty, and for Edmonton, Hamilton and Saskatoon the rate is 1 in every 6. Across Canada, the child poverty rate was 13.1% in 2005 or 880,000 children and youth.

* Campaign 2000 Election Statement (PDF - 46K, 1 page)
* Backgrounder
(PDF - 48K, 2 pages)
* Party Grid on Poverty-Related Issues:
where do the parties stand? (PDF - 81K, 10 pages)
* Canada Map
showing child poverty rates above Canadian average in selected cities (PDF - 805K, 1 page)

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

Democracies Online

 

Canada elections 2008
Contents:
* 1 Live Election Results, Alerts
* 2 Major Media
* 3 Unique Sites
* 4 Government Election-related Sites
* 5 Blogs About the Elections
* 6 Blogging Candidates/Parties
* 7 Best Individual Candidate Websites
* 8 Satire and Humour
* 9 Mobile Sites/SMS Features
* 10 Online Forums and Discussions
* 11 Political Parties
* 12 Election Starting Points
* 13 Unsorted
Source:
Democracies Online
DoWire is your primary source for what's important and happening with the convergence of democracy and the Internet around the world. DoWire is a free, low volume, moderated e-mail announcement list. Launched in January 1998, DoWire connects over 2800 experts, practitioners, journalists, and citizens across 80 countries. If you are interested in democracy online - including politics online, new media, e-governance, e-government, online advocacy and activism, citizen e-participation and related topics, then join us.

 

Social Planning and Research Council of BC (and other NGOS - see below)

 

Canada Votes 2008 (PDF - 379K, 31 pages)
September 18, 2008 (PDF file date)
This new publication is designed to help people engage with their local candidates around critical public policy issues in the Federal Election being held on October 14, 2008. It has been developed by a pan-Canadian collaboration of social planning organizations, including SPARC BC (Social Planning and Research Council of BC), the Canadian Council on Social Development (CCSD), Community Development Halton, the Community Social Planning Council of Toronto, and the Human Development Council of Saint John.

List of topics:
[for each topic, you'll find a 4-6 paragraph overview of the issue(s) and links to the online sources used to write the overview, along with 4-6 links to relevant websites and some key points & questions to raise with candidates.

1. Child Poverty
2. Affordable Housing
3. Child Care
4. Crime & Public Safety
5. Community & Social Infrastructure
6. Youth in Canada
7. Income Security for Seniors
8. Women’s Economic Security
9. Poverty Reduction
10. Supporting the Non-Profit & Voluntary Sector
11. Immigrant Population: Inclusion & Employment
12. Accessibility & Inclusion in Employment
13. Health Care
Source:
[Partners in this initiative]
Social Planning and Research Council of BC
Canadian Council on Social Development
Community Development Halton
Community Social Planning Council of Toronto
Human Development Council of Saint John
(N.B.)

Well done - I highly recommended this excellent resource both for people to engage with their local candidates
AND for anyone who wants to learn about 13 social issues that matter to many Canadians in the coming election and every day of our lives.

 

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives / Canadian Labour Congress

 

The Harper Record
September 2008
Edited by Canadian Labour Congress Senior Researcher Teresa Healy
The book consists of about 40 chapters dissecting the two and one-half year record of the Conservative government across a wide range of issues -- from jobs and the economy, to human rights, international issues, the environment, and social programs. (...) The 47 writers, researchers and analysts who have co-written this book probe into every aspect of the Harper minority government's administration. From the economy to the environment, from social programs to foreign policy, from health care to tax cuts, from the Afghanistan mission to the tar sands, from free trade to deep integration, and to many other areas of this government's record, the authors have dug out the facts and analyzed them.

Click the link above to see a table of contents and links to individual chapters, or:
Download the complete book (PDF - 2.6MB, 504 pages)

Themes:
* Governance * Economy, Trade and Investment * Racialization and (In)Security * Energy and Environment
* (In)Equality and Public Services * Culture and Communications * Federal-Provincial Relations

A few sample chapters to whet your appetite:

* The Conservative Tax Record (PDF - 300K, 14 pages)
by Andrew Jackson and Erin Weir

* Canada and International Human Rights (PDF - 332K, 20 pages)
by John W. Foster

* Women's Equality and Human Rights, (PDF - 267K, 13 pages)
by the Ad Hoc Coalition on Women's Equality and Human Rights

* Harper and Child Care, (PDF - 202K, 7 pages)
by Morna Ballantyne

* Child Benefits Under the Harper Government, (PDF - 183K, 5 pages)
by Ken Battle

* The Legacy of Disability Rights in Canada, (PDF - 217K, 9 pages)
by John Rae

* Harper and Crime, (PDF - 279K, 15 pages)
by Dawn Moore and Erin Donohue

* More...

Source:
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Related link:

Canadian Labour Congress (CLC)

Also from the CLC:

This election is about our jobs and our pay cheques
September 8, 2008


Citizens for Public Justice

 

Election 2008: Through a public justice lens
With so many compelling issues competing for our attention [in this federal election], wouldn’t it be nice to be able to view the political scene with one helpful vision to guide our way?
CPJ thinks that a public justice lens can provide that vision. A public justice lens challenges us to express love for our neighbour and seek the common good. It puts the values of justice, compassion and care for creation at the centre of political debates.

Envisioning Canada Without Poverty
For over twenty years now, consecutive governments have promised action on poverty, yet poverty rates remain substantially unchanged. What seems to be lacking is visionary leadership...

Election Bulletin (PDF - 112K, 4 pages)
September 9, 2008

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

 

Make Poverty History

 

From Make Poverty History:

PM accused of ducking poverty issue
Only federal leader who doesn't appear in coalition video
September 29, 2008
OTTAWA–Stephen Harper is facing criticism that he's ducking questions on how to help Canadians living in poverty, even as economic turmoil threatens to push more people over a fiscal cliff. The Prime Minister is the only major party leader not appearing in a video prepared by a national anti-poverty coalition to be officially launched today on YouTube.
Source:
The Toronto Star

The above Star article includes an embedded video news clip that provides a synopsis of the leaders' responses to the questions.
To view the complete collection of videos of all leaders who participated, click the "On the Record" link below.

From Make Poverty History:

On The Record
Make Poverty History asked the leaders of the five main political parties a series of questions about their plans to reduce poverty, here in Canada and overseas.
Questions:
* Support for the goals of Make Poverty History
* Giving 0.7% of national income in foreign aid
* A national plan to reduce poverty
* Poverty in First Nations communities
* Support for the Kelowna accord or similar plan to reduce First Nations poverty

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Eight Ways to Make Poverty an Election Issue
1. Ask | 2. Organize | 3. Be Visible | 4. Be vocal | 5. Watch | 6. Distribute lawn signs and posters | 7. Put up a banner | 8. Follow up

Poverty Ranks 4th Among Top Election Issues in Canada
September 10
(Toronto Star / Angus Reid poll on August 29, 2008)

Video blog: Why it is important to make poverty an election issue
Make it History's Dennis Howlett explains why it's important to make poverty an "election issue" and to make politicians realize that ending poverty IS a 'voting issue.'

Source:
Make Poverty History
Here's what we want in 14 words:
* More and Better Aid
* Trade Justice
* Cancel the Debt
* End Child Poverty in Canada

 

Childcare Resource and Research Unit

 

Early childhood education and care (ECEC) in the 2008 federal election
Early childhood education and care has been an issue in the last two federal elections and it is expected to be again. The Childcare Resource and Research Unit will provide and regularly update information that will be useful to those who wish to follow ECEC in the campaign.
- frequently updated
- incl. * Useful Facts About ECEC * useful documents on ECEC * party websites and their platforms on early education and child care * NGO positions on ECEC * News articles about ECEC in the 2008 federal election

Source:
Childcare Resource and Research Unit

 

The Wellesley Institute

 

Housing, homelessness, health, and the 2008 federal election
Election Housing Primer:
* Housing insecurity at record levels
* Federal investments lowest in two decades
* Key federal investments renewed, but funding frozen despite growing need
* Analysis of housing in 2008 political party platforms

NOTE: See Feds extend housing / homeless investments but freeze dollars
September 21, 2008

Source:
The Wellesley Institute

 

Canadian Union of Public Employees

 

2008 Federal Election

Source:
Canadian Union of Public Employees

 

Power Up Canada

 

Power Up Canada - Canadians for Climate Leadership
(new charitable organization promoting awareness and action to fight global warming)

Four former PMs join in call for climate change action
September 9, 2008
TORONTO - Four of Canada's former prime ministers have joined together with business leaders, environmentalists and academics in demanding that the country do more to tackle climate change. The group plans to release a document today entitled Time To Get Serious on Climate Change. Former Liberal prime ministers Paul Martin and John Turner have signed the document, along with their former Progressive Conservative counterparts, Kim Campbell and Joe Clark. But two names are conspicuously absent: that of former Liberal prime minister Jean Chrétien and former Tory prime minister Brian Mulroney. John Roy, a real estate executive and one of the key players behind the initiative, said in an interview yesterday that every former prime minister was contacted about joining. "We're still waiting to hear back from them," he said, referring to Mr.Chrétien and Mr. Mulroney. "I think they're very busy."

PowerUP Canada was initiated by:
* The Ivey Foundation
* The Tides Foundation
* Equiterre
* ForestEthics
* Environmental Defence
* The Pembina Institute


 

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Miscellaneous links

Blogs for Election Junkies
September 9, 2008
- links to blogs of every political stripe, in Canada and the U.S.
Source:
The Tyee

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

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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.."

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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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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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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."

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

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

 

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