Tag Archives: Federal Election

Tonight Matters

By the time the leaders clash in televised debates, Canadian federal elections are usually already decided. Voters’ minds are made up and the debate doesn’t change anything. This year is different. After squaring off twice in French, finallly the party leaders will spar with each other tonight in an election that all polls indicate is […]

Ballot Casting Time

Back in Canada I have been feeling a little conflicted as to what should be filling this space. So today a compromise. There is so much happening in Canada, politically and socially, stuff that has nothing (or at least very little) to do with COVID-19. However, I have the impression that sometimes when I delve […]

Do Ethics Matter?

Canada’s Prime Minister is once again being investigated for alleged ethical violations. Does anyone care? I won’t go into the details. It is too depressing that someone who has twice been censured by the Ethics Commissioner would once again break the rules so flagrantly. What is worse, to me, is that Justin Trudeau doesn’t seem […]

Democracy In Action – Your Turn

Today is an important day for Canadian democracy, though my guess is most people in Canada are unaware of it. Not surprising given the usual level of political awareness and engagement. In a presidential system the leader of the country is elected directly by the people. In the Westminster parliamentary tradition the Prime Minister is […]

The Day After

History was made Monday night. Of course that would be true no matter the results of the Canadian federal election.┬áReturns are still coming in as I write this, so I am not going to mention final numbers. I mentioned to friends early in the campaign, it felt to me a lot like 1972.┬áBack then a […]

Decision Day

Canadians will hold their collective nose today and vote in the federal election for the candidate of their choice. Or maybe they will vote against a candidate not of their choice. The 2019 election has failed to inspire. The leaders have not looked impressive. The party platforms have not seemed realistic. Yet there are clear […]

Foreign Interference

I saw a news report about foreign interference in the Canadian federal election. Nobody was making a big fuss about it. Maybe that is because it was American interference. If the situation was reversed, there would have been howls south of the border. Apparently it is different though when it is Americans who are doing […]

A Nation Regrets

Last week Canadians watch those who would be Prime Minister debate the issues live on national television. There really wasn’t much debate. The consensus of the people I talked with afterward was that it was more a recitation of talking points mixed with personal attacks. None of the leaders really came across as leaders. Is […]

Today’s Dilemma

It is Saturday. Election day in Canada is nine days away. Unless you are voting early. My son suggested we go vote as a family today. He won’t be in the country on October 21, so he has to vote early or not vote. For hi this is a simple election. He made up his […]

The Immigration Debate – II

It is a hot election topic, and not just in Canada. Donald Trump expects to ride it to victory in 2020. It led to Angela Merkel’s decision not to seek another term as Chancellor of Germany. It fueled Brexit. But does anyone really understand immigration? It is a political hot potato in Canada’s fall election. […]