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Canada's real electoral map: A surge for the left

It's just a week after the Canada's federal election and the battle of interpretation is still raging. Some see a right-wing blue surge, others a dichotomy between Quebec and Canada, while the polls indicate a contradictory phenomenon. But looking at the shift between the NDP and the combined Tory/Liberal vote, both long-term and between the last two elections, a different picture emerges -- of an eroding but concentrated corporate vote, and a surging NDP vote. This points to a left-wing shift in people's consciousness that creates possibilities for change, if we can combine opposition inside Parliament with movements outside.

Harper's optimism, people's pessimism

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The Conservative plan for the permanent election

Stephen Harper had the 2011 election won before the writ was dropped. All he had to do to win the most seats was not lose popularity during the campaign.

Harper won the May 2 election through months of expenditures of public money prior to the election making fraudulent claims about a Canadian Economic Recovery, though it was clear to keen observers that the economy still needed to recover.

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Understanding the NDP sweep in Quebec

May 10, 2011
| Before the May 2 election, the NDP had only ever won 2 seats in Quebec. Now they hold 58 out of 75 seats in the province. Roger Rashi is a founding member of the progressive party, Quebec Solidaire.
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Election 2011: The Conservative honeymoon, if there is one, will be short

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Tallying the Conservative win in 14 ridings: 6,201 reasons to be frustrated

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So what made this Harper majority? Time for some sobering statistics, you might want to prepare a barf bag:

6,201 -- Friends, this is not the title of the newest Rush album

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Mobilizing the youth vote in Canada

May 5, 2011
| Canada's federal election didn't quite turn out the way everyone expected. I speak with Ilona Dougherty, the executive director of Apathy is Boring, a group mobilizing the youth vote in Canada.
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Reflect on the meaning of the election

To the left are the May 2 election results -- seats won by "First Past the Post"; To the right, the May 2 election results -- seats won by "Proportional Representation". Graphic: Bryan Beça @ bryanbeca.ca
The 2011 federal election was historic in many ways and most of us are still trying to process the outcome.

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Finding a place for politics in the new Parliament?

Through a late surge of support that has redrawn the parliamentary battle lines, Canada's brand of social democracy has been announced the official ideology of opposition for the first time. It came on the back of an understated election that seemed to dodge central issues, including 10 years of war in Afghanistan, ongoing bombing of Libya, and the spread of austerity measures.

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Fear, politics and a Conservative majority

Two years ago, at a conference on families, social policy and work-life balance, I was asked to write an op-ed piece about my research on the Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

I agreed, but hesitated when it came time to submit.

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