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Writ. Dropped.

Today marks the launch of the longest and most expensive election campaign in modern Canadian history. rabble.ca has its most ambitious editorial plan yet to cover the election like never before.

This election will be the lengthiest, mostly costly, and likely the hardest fought: with spin and bias that will leave most dizzy. We've got your back though. Keep up with the real news: sign up for rabble's new daily and weekly election news alerts -- it's free! Sign up here

By calling an election over the holidays Harper is hoping to stretch out the campaign as long as possible to outspend the other parties and sneak the election past an otherwise occupied electorate. It's the oldest trick in the book and we're not falling for it.

Harper hopes we're not paying attention but we have been. For instance -- though mainstream media pundits won't tell you this, we know Harper's record on the economy has been the worst of any government since the Second World War.

For the next 11 weeks rabble is your source for progressive news, features, fact-checks, discussions and all the tools you need to make this election count.

Weekly dispatches from Parliament Hill

Your first resource is our Parliament Hill reporter, Karl Nerenberg, the backbone of our parliamentary coverage. This isn't his first election. He's an award-winning journalist with nearly 30 years of experience covering federal politics.

Get started by reading his assessment of how the campaign will unfold. Then be sure to follow Karl's weekly stories throughout the campaign. 

Whose vote is it anyway?

If you're concerned about voter suppression, voting rules, strategic voting or how to make sure your voice is heard in the election, then be sure to check out our series called Whose vote. You'll be able to share, read and find thoughtful analysis on many aspects of the election's democratic integrity.

Insights from the experts

Get your fill of broad-based analysis from the very best progressive minds out there. Our diverse set of resident columnists will be there for you every week. They'll be speaking from their respective areas of expertise, from retiree matters to health care to economics, providing you with expansive insights throughout the election campaign.

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Your progressive news coverage election headquarters

rabble.ca has a standalone election page to serve all your election needs. Bookmark this page, and come back frequently for all of the latest content from across the rabble platform.

Speaking of more, we have much more coming your way: in coming days we will be launching tools and resources to expand our journalistic capacities.

We have the plans in place for our most aggressive election coverage yet, including: as-it-happens party platform reports, an enhanced electoral activist toolkit, daily news roundups, broadcasting election panels and discussions with some of Canada's most well-known progressives through rabbletv, a curated fact-check of the election, and more.

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