Post-election, creating change will be the critical task of all progressives -- take what we know is possible and use it to rebuild community, reclaim the commons and build a broad social movement.
There's something touching about Thomas Mulcair's attempt to become the Tony Blair of Canada: it comes 20 years late.
Child care is an issue this federal election. And it is clear that three out of the four federal parties recognize that Canada needs a national child-care program.
The recent promise of four years of balanced budgets by the Mulcair-led NDP has irked progressive economists puzzled over the decision to eschew running deficits during a period of cyclical slow-down.
The subtext of election 2015 is that the NDP could win the most seats in the next parliament, and the other contenders have turned against them.
Election 2015 has one overriding question: do you want to see another Harper Conservative government? Two-thirds or more of Canadians are answering: no more Harper.
In the first-past-the-post system, as in Canada, when voters want to reject a government, they make an efficient vote by turning to the party the best placed to defeat it.
Knowing that some people are not paying their fair share elicits strong emotions. When a talented leader such as Rachel Notley addresses blatant injustices, people get mad and go out and vote.
The act of voting is less simple than it seems. People are quite able to vote or act against what seem like their "real" interests in order to take a symbolic stand.
Perhaps the most encouraging aspect of her running is that McQuaig with all her talent and capacity chooses (like Jennifer Hollett and Chrystia Freeland) to engage in the political process.