Canadians will go to the polls on October 14

Canadians will go to the polls on October 14

Postby CielOnTap on Sun Sep 07, 2008 3:04 pm

Harper, Dion begin campaign heralding 'clear' and 'stark' choice for Oct. 14 vote
Norma Greenaway and Andrew Mayeda , Canwest News Service
Published: Sunday, September 07, 2008
OTTAWA -- Prime Minister Stephen Harper pulled the plug on his own minority government on Sunday, setting off a national election campaign that will send voters to the polls on Oct. 14 at a cost of about $300 million.

Harper said the campaign will give voters a choice "between clear direction or uncertainty" at a time of global economic trouble, and said his government's record proves it will be a sound steward in the future. http://www.canada.com/topics/news/national/story.html?id=e74dd1d0-0b82-46a3-a4c5-39f91fc36dc3

For the past two or three weeks, Canadians have noticed the Prime Minister travelling across the country and having reason to give speeches everywhere. Today, the election announcement was made and the day after Thanksgiving, Canadians will vote for their representatives.

Maybe the U.S. presidential campaigns will spare a few hours to watch what happens north of the border.
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Re: Canadians will go to the polls on October 14

Postby deja vu on Sun Sep 07, 2008 9:01 pm

300 million dollars to maybe boast Harpers ego. Waste of money that
could be spent on much better things. Like healthcare, education etc.

Instead hes spending 300 million in 5 weeks and good chance we will still
have a minority govt and he will probably still be in charge. Huge waste
of taxpayer dollars.

He broke his own fixed election dates law. He ran on that issue, wanted it
so badly and then tossed his own Federal law right out the window. Not
impressed at all. He also fought against pre election spending, swore he would
never do it if he was PM and no surprise that he is handing out billions in a
very short period of time while he was making his case for calling an election.

I just hope he does not get a majority govt. That would be an absolute
disaster for Canada. He needs to check his ego and do his job and stop
wasting taxpayers money.
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Postby deja vu on Fri Sep 12, 2008 11:48 am

Facebook group provides chance to vote swap in federal election

By Chris Purdy, The Canadian Press


SASKATOON - Jenna Little wants to mark her ballot for the Green party, but she
says she doesn't want to waste her vote.

So the woman from Mississauga, Ont., has joined a group on Facebook to swap
votes with someone in another Ontario riding during next month's federal election.

"I just met my match on the site," the 24-year-old paralegal said Thursday.

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080911/national/fedelxn_vote_swap

Finally something more interesting than what the leaders have to say.
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Postby CielOnTap on Wed Sep 17, 2008 8:10 pm

Ritz unnerves crisis team with wisecracks during listeria outbreak

59 minutes ago
By Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz unnerved some public servants at the height of the listeriosis crisis by resorting to gallows humour during a conference call about a public health scare that has now killed 17 people.

Ritz was also deeply concerned about the political fallout from the listeriosis crisis as the deadly disease claimed more victims in the days before the federal election was called, according to sources in on the crisis call last month.
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/080917/national/ritz_listeria_jokes

Another Conservative Party of Canada member discovers foot-in-his-mouth; communication issues continue with Team Harper.
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Re: Canadians will go to the polls on October 14

Postby deja vu on Wed Sep 17, 2008 8:39 pm

First it was infighting and calling some Idiots and turds:

Tory staff called workers 'idiots' for declining ads
MP's campaign employees pressed to take part in 'in-and-out' scheme
Glen McGregor, The Ottawa Citizen
Published: Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Workers on the campaign of a Conservative MP who declined to participate in the
in-and-out advertising scheme in the 2006 election were denounced as "idiots" and a
"bunch of turds" by senior party officials, who wanted to "put the fear of God" into
them for not taking part in the contentious TV and radio purchases.

The e-mails obtained by the Citizen show how the campaign of MP Dave MacKenzie
in the Ontario riding of Oxford expressed concern about the advertising purchases
that would later come under investigation by Elections Canada.

http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=ec4d169f-e1f3-4b38-95a3-6da89d45d52f

Now making jokes about a horrible disaster in the country. I suggest DUCT TAPE, as some need
to remain quiet and cant. He should be fired but as usual Harper will try to change the subject
and sweep under the rug. This is a no brainer, fire him.
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Re: Canadians will go to the polls on October 14

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Sep 18, 2008 2:52 pm

The vote swapping idea is very suited for the Internet age.

As for communication blunders with political parties, I surmise that the ministers and MPs from the governing party did not get a memorandum about conduct during an election period from the PM. He has been keeping the press releases under his control while in office, but during the election, well, people are being frank.
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Re: Canadians will go to the polls on October 14

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Sep 24, 2008 7:28 pm

Voter cards are arriving in the mail this week. The earliest that one can go to an advance poll is October 3. I'm trying to determine which candidate will get my vote in the "anyone but Harper" options.
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Re: Canadians will go to the polls on October 14

Postby CielOnTap on Sun Sep 28, 2008 12:19 pm

Stephane Dion of the Liberal party was shown live on CPAC at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time in Toronto. He reiterated the Liberal platform policies and accepted birthday wishes from the media. Can he really deliver on the childcare spaces that his predecessor did not? I admit to liking Mr. Dion's pro-women, pro-jobs and strong economy stance.

Jack Layton of the NDP was shown on CPAC and CBC Newsworld in the riding of Toronto-Danforth after 12:30 p.m. EDST. He has some zinger lines in his speech: "Do we want Stephen Harper to take us down George Bush Road?" "No" was the response from the crowd. "We see what conservatives on both side of the border do with money..." Someone was smart to tell Mr. Layton to use the line "My name is Jack Layton and I am running for Prime Minister." in the campaign. Very confident opening!

In between both live segments, CPAC aired some coverage of the Saint-Boniface, Manitoba riding-it is usually a Liberal seat, but this campaign suggests a shift in party is very possible. Marc Payette of the Green Party, Raymond Simard, Liberal, and Katherine Glover, Conservative, all got some air time.

Think of today as a prequel to the leaders' televised debate to be aired on October 2.
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Re: Canadians will go to the polls on October 14

Postby dreamon on Mon Sep 29, 2008 8:47 am

I think Gary Clements sums it up nicely:

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Couldnt find a week 2. Best guess is only 3 will be in the set. Week 5 coming soon.

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Re: Canadians will go to the polls on October 14

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Sep 29, 2008 1:54 pm

A major daily newspaper had an article covering how political candidates prepare for debates-intensively and in mock debate. Yes, there will be voters who will rely on the televised debate to inform them of which party to support.

However, though television helps to get the messages out, some voters watch to see how the off-camera campaigning, issue-management and ability to connect to their concerns are delivered by party leaders.

The issue of Employment Insurance benefits is surfacing now: apparently the Chretien Liberal government made the changes that makes it possible for the maximum weekly EI benefit to differ in various regions. Ontario's Premier is making a plea to have Ontarians' EI benefits increased, saying they are too low in comparison to what was contributed to the benefit system. There is also the long-held concern about Canadians who are self-employed or contract workers that pay premiums into the benefit system but are not eligible to make claims for benefits. How would you like to have to contribute to this system and not get any opportunity to access benefits when your work is no more?
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