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Ten ridings to watch: Will Elizabeth May and the Greens take Saanich-Gulf Islands?

Election 2011: rabble.ca has chosen 10 key ridings across Canada for progressives to watch in the run-up to the May 2 vote, and asked local writers to assess them. The profiles highlight why the riding profiled is important and issues local campaigns are focused upon.

Will Elizabeth May pull off one of the most heartening upsets in the 2011 federal election campaign?

The 56-year-old Green Party leader and candidate for Saanich-Gulf Islands on Vancouver Island has been running against Conservative Gary Lunn, the minister of state for sport (and the 2010 Winter Olympics), an old-school Alliance/Reform Party stalwart with five successful terms of office behind him.

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Ten ridings to watch: No Bloc party in Gatineau as NDP pursue

Election 2011: rabble.ca has chosen 10 key ridings across Canada for progressives to watch in the run-up to the May 2 vote, and asked local writers to assess them. The profiles highlight why the riding is important and issues local campaigns are focused on.

In Gatineau, incumbent Bloc MP Richard Nadeau is fighting hard to retain his seat, which he won from the previous Liberal MP with a handful of votes. That MP was no one else than Françoise Boivin, now running for the NDP!

Boivin's defection from the Liberal Party was controversial, linked with allegations (not proven) of malpractices. It now seems in any case that Françoise has the capacity to regain her seat as she is benefiting from the orange crush "wave".

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Ten ridings to watch: Avalon, another good Newfoundland yarn

Election 2011: rabble.ca has chosen 10 key ridings across Canada for progressives to watch in the run-up to the May 2 vote, and asked local writers to assess them. The profiles highlight why the riding is important and issues local campaigns are focused on.

Like all good Newfoundland stories, the one about the tight race to take the Avalon riding can be told a thousand ways.

The defeated Conservative attempting a comeback; the incumbent Liberal struggling to hang onto his seat amidst a political landscape changing so fast no one can predict what will happen; the NDP candidate who would like to beat them both to the prize; an electorate that is long on memory and short on trust: all the makings of a good story are there, however you tell it.

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A number is never just a number -- Election jawdroppers

- 5

Number of questions Prime Minister Stephen Harper permits reporters on the campaign trail. (Source)

- $38.7 million

What the Conservative government has spent on media monitoring since 2008. (Source

- $46.5 million

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Harper plays the phony percentages of first-past-the-post

As we swing into the final days of the 2011 federal election campaign, Conservative leader Stephen Harper has offered up some misleading, even false interpretations of our system of government -- if the constitution of Canada is anything to go by. Voters have a right to expect those competing for jobs as MPs (and especially those seeking the office of prime minister) to know the basic rules and conventions of an 800-year tradition that has guided British-derived Westminster parliamentary systems throughout most of the Commonwealth. With the government of the country at stake, it is worth unpacking a few of Stephen Harper's key claims.

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Having an orange crush on the NDP

Orange crush: Jack Layton at a rally in Saskatoon. April 9, 2011. Photo: Matt Jiggins/Flickr
The NDP are flying high. Humberto DaSilva reminds us why they deserve to.

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Conservatives ethnically classify voters

There seems to be something funny about this year's election. It is not that the NDP is running ads using a comedian as the voice over. It is not that the Conservatives have pulled an ad in Punjabi after realizing that the title South Asian is not actually the language in which it was done. This does however point to an issue the secondary campaign run in racialized communities.

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The right to water is an election issue

Media Release

For Immediate Release

April 28, 2011

Assembly of First Nations, Amnesty International and Council of Canadians urge political leaders to recognize the human right to water

(Ottawa, ON) - The Assembly of First Nations (AFN), Amnesty International Canada and the Council of Canadians are calling on all political parties to recognize explicitly the human right to water and sanitation and to commit to ensuring that Canada meets its obligations in upholding these rights for people in Canada.

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Migrant Matters

Communist Party of Canada on why 2011 election spells great danger to working and poor people

April 28, 2011
| On the party's platform and what's at stake in the May 2, 2011 election for working and poor people, (im)migrants, and Aboriginal people if Big Business succeeds in driving the country to the right.
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Harper's cynical plays for the 'ethnic' vote

Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, and His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad at the opening inauguration of the Baitan Nur Mosque, considered the largest mosque in Canada in 2009. Photo: Itzafineday
What kind of Canada we will wake up to on May 3rd? Will it be a RelSocCon free-market Canada or will Canadians reclaim the country they love -- one which celebrates what citizens share in common.

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