Federal election 2011

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Sep 8, 2015

Minimizing the Conservative electoral fraud scandal

Michael Keefer
That 2011 voter-suppression scandal, the "robocalls" fraud: it was all smoke and mirrors, right? So how could Harper's Conservatives have organized a fraud that never happened?
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Sep 8, 2015
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Suppressing our knowledge of voter suppression

Michael Keefer
This first article in a series comments on the manner in which media pundits and officials responsible for enforcing the law have minimized the Conservative electoral fraud scandal.
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Sep 13, 2011

The Conservative Party's fair-weather democrats

Simon Enoch
With the results of the Canadian Wheat Board's 2011 producer plebiscite now in, farmers have given the single-desk for wheat a rousing endorsement with 62 per cent of the votes cast.
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May 30, 2011

When politics is personal

Erika Shaker
In the aftermath of the recent election -- a decision that left so many of us cringing in anticipation of the onslaught we know will follow -- it became clear that for some, politics is personal.
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May 22, 2011

A national child care program: Not now, after all

Martha Friendly
For those of you who -- like me -- believe that a national approach is necessary if families are ever going to win quality child care, the federal election results are a bitter pill to swallow.
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May 19, 2011

Our challenge, democracy

Trish Hennessy
The future of our democracy, the future of Canada, is not only in the hands of the politicians. The future rests with each and every one of us. Democracy is a wheel. Let me roll it to you.
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May 18, 2011

Championing progressive values

Trish Hennessy
Challenge for progressives: How to change the conversation from 'who is best able to manage the economy' to 'what kind of Canada will the next generation inherit?'
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May 17, 2011

Dividing Canadians

Trish Hennessy
The politics of fear delivered some new voters into Stephen Harper's hands. How did it send new voters into the arms of an orange wave?
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May 11, 2011

Breaking down vote splitting in this election

Ken Boessenkool and Brian Topp
Those in the Liberal Party and some of their apologists have tried to de-legitimize the election outcomes by pointing to vote splitting. But that is not the story of this election.
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May 11, 2011

Voting for the faceless stranger

Sharon Fraser
I've voted in many federal elections, always NDP. As often as not, I've marked my X beside a name I didn't recognize, someone who had never knocked at my door, someone who, I knew, lived far far away.
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May 10, 2011

The perils of 'strategic' voting

Erin Weir
In every federal election that I can remember, the Liberals have appealed for strategic voting. A major flaw in this logic is that relatively few ridings are close Liberal-Conservative races.
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May 10, 2011

Reflection on the election

Andrew Jackson
The bottom line for me is that the NDP, if they are to gain a majority, will have to retain the new Quebec base and turn about 50 of their many second-place finishes in English Canada into wins.
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May 9, 2011

How much will Harper cut?

Erin Weir
Some progressives worry that the new Conservative majority will dismantle the Canadian state. In fiscal terms, it is looking like the lame sequel to a movie that Canadians have seen before.

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