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Liberal majority win is not true change for Canada

      Trudeau’s slogan of real change for Canada is, in its current context, a lie.           Sure, Stephen Harper is now out of power after 10 years, and he is no longer the leader of the Conservative party. His ousting could be considered, depending on which camp you sit in, a good thing for Canada. However, the Conservative party now sits where the NDP once sat as the Opposition. In the 41 governments Canada has had since confederation, some form of the Conservative party has sat as the official Opposition to the Liberals twenty times – now twenty one. The Liberals have sat as the opposition to the Conservatives 16 times.   So has anything really changed?   What has happened with the re-election of both a Liberal majority and a Conservative opposition is the re-election of the old boys club. The old power structures and long-time politicians that have defined Canada in the past now have the potential to be reset. We’ve already seen this with Trudeau’s former campaign co-chair Dan Gagnier, who stepped down after details of backroom lobbying with TransCanada Corp. were revealed to the public.   Should Canada have truly wanted real change at the polls, other choices than red or blue clearly could have been made. New Democrats, the Green party, heck, even the Bloc could have made a comeback. All of which would have inspired the change Canadians were looking for after 10 years of Harper at the helm. Reports from Elections Canada demonstrate a strong showing for Trudeau in the Maritimes and Ontario, while the Tories held on firmly in the prairies – pockmarked with hotspots of Liberal and NDP nominations.   While it’s fair to note the Liberals of 2015 are different of the ruling Liberals… Read More

Is free elections advertising creating an unfair advantage?

Think the elections advertising freebies stop once the writ drops? Not so fast. In what will be the nastiest and most competitive federal election yet, the big three political parties are beefing up their broadcast elections advertising campaigns to persuade Canadians to vote red, blue or orange. However not all of the advertising comes with a cost. By law, registered political parties are eligible for free, equitable broadcast advertising during the writ period from designated networks. But those parties don’t get an equal amount of airtime under a formula that gives advantages to Canada’s larger governing parties.   According to files from Elections Canada and the CRTC, the Tories have the most available free airtime, just under and hour with 56 minutes on CBC-TV. The Liberals follow with 38 minutes of free broadcasting time allocated to them. The NDP are third, with 26 minutes – a half hour difference between the majority government and the Opposition.   The bulk of free elections broadcasting airtime is based on the allocation of paid advertising airtime, which stems from legislation from the Broadcasting Arbitrator dictating two-thirds of paid airtime is allocated by seats held in the House of Commons and the percentage of the popular vote won corresponds with more paid airtime. The remaining one third of the available time is divided equally between all of the registered parties.   Going into Canada’s 42nd general election, the Conservatives bring with them a booming financial advantage. According to documents from Elections Canada, spending on advertising continues to go up with each passing election. The Conservative party, who has ruled the roost since 2006, have increasingly spent more than any other federal party on elections advertising, racking up a bill of $10.4 million in 2011. Deep pockets and robust advertising spending by the Tories has… Read More