.....ONLY CANADA CAN HAVE A FEDERAL ELECTION
THE MAJORITY DID NOT WANT.....
.....But the leaders of 3 Canadian Opposition Parties of
Wanted this 2011 Election
Unexplained Reason They Gave....
2011 Canada Election Party Leaders: (from right to left)
Stephen Harper (PC), Oppostion Leader:
May (Green Party) and
BUT THEN AS CANADA IS GOVERNED BY
A DEMOCRATIC PARLIAMENT AND
A DEMOCRATIC CONSTITUION
....this 2011 federal election has
to take place
- the 4th such election in last 7 years-
because some 34 million Canadians have failed to elect
a majority government to govern Canada for a normal period of 5 years...
....BUT IN CANADA THERE IS ALWAYS
THE SIMPLE TRUTH
IN THE WHITE NOISE OF ANY LIFE ACTIVITY....
"There are, in fact, different competing agendas
voters are choosing from
on Monday, May 2, 2011.
That is a real choice.
It's not just rhetoric or spin."
- Says Goldy Hyder, past
policy director for the federal Progressive Conservative party and
former chief of staff to
Clark, the 16th Prime Minister of Canada, June 4, 1979, to March 3,
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Canada's 2011 Federal Election
and the election platform of each of the 4 parties contesting the
20111 Canadian Federal Election.... as explained on the pre-election day in
Edmonton Journal newspaper from Edmonton, Alberta,
Canada......and an analysis of Canadian election psyche as analyzed by one of Canada's leading
newspaper, The Globe and Mail....along with a backgrounder list of
related stories how this Canadian election started and will end on May
THE ELEVEN PROVINCES OFCANADA
...which will collectively determine
who governs and how the fate of Canada starting May 2, 2011...
Leader Gilles Duceppe (centre) campaigns
Friday, April 29, 2011 in Magog, Quebec, Canada.
is the Quebec's Separatist Party with a pre-election 47 seats in the
Canadian Parliament, which promotes Quebec separating from Canada as a
Sovereign Country and is supported by about 40 percent of Quebec's
French origin peoples. But it is only in Canada on this planet Earth
that a separatist party is not only allowed full expression of its
rights under the Canadian Constitution but is also allowed to be an
opposition party in the
along with the pre-current election party in power: The
Party of Canada (143 seats); the Chief Opposition:
Liberal Party of Canada,
the second largest (77) seat holders in the Canadian Parliament; and the
New Democratic Party
with 37 members among a total of 308 elected members of the Canadian
Photograph by: Chris Wattie, Reuters,
Edmonton Journal Calgary Herald; Postmedia News With Files From Global
Conservative Leader Stephen Harper greets supporters during a
campaign rally in Windsor, Nova Scotia,
on Saturday, April 30, 2011 - 2 days before voting
....canadian Voters offered
vastly different political and governing styles...
Changed Face Of 2011 Candian Election....
Edmonton Journal: May 1, 2001: By Jason Fekete, Calgary Herald,
Postmedia News With Files From Global News )
As Canadians head to the polls Monday for the 41st general
election, they'll be choosing between federal leaders and parties
selling vastly different styles, policies and visions for a seemingly
After 36 days of campaigning, the Tory blue wave and Liberal red machine
have suddenly run head on into an NDP orange crush that has turned the
election race on its head and leaves the outcome one big question mark.
In the process, the campaign has laid bare the governing blueprint for
each party, priorities of the leaders and where they would take Canada
in the coming months and years.
It has also left voters debating whether they want a majority
government, or more years of minority rule and the subsequent checks and
balances -and ensuing parliamentary bickering -that goes with it.
"There are, in fact, different competing agendas that voters are
choosing from on Monday," said Goldy Hyder, former chief of staff to Joe
Clark and past policy director for the federal Progressive Conservative
"That is a real choice. It's not just rhetoric or spin."
Conservative Leader Stephen Harper has hitched his future and party's
fortunes to the economy, running a play-it-safe, front-runner campaign
that vows to chop government spending, and includes a series of modest
fiscal measures such as tax breaks for families and small businesses in
Unlike past campaigns, he's urging Canadians to deliver him a stable
Conservative majority government, warning of the economic instability
that would come with a potential coalition between the Liberals, NDP and
Jack Layton and his NDP -in unprecedented fashion -have surged in
popularity in the home stretch of the race and suddenly find themselves
in foreign territory: leading in Quebec and second place nationally
behind the ruling Tories, according to several opinion polls.
The NDP campaign has been built around Layton's personal popularity, as
well as promises to "fix Ottawa" and stand up for Canadian families with
enriched health care, education and other social programs partly paid
for through higher corporate tax rates and a
Harper admitted even he has been surprised by the recent surge of the
NDP in the polls.
In an interview on the Global News program Focus: Decision Canada,
hosted by Carolyn Jarvis, the Conservative leader said despite the
so called orange wave, the primary question of the election has not
changed: Does the country want the next government to be a Conservative
majority or a coalition?
Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff, in an attempt to resonate with
Canadians, has opted for a campaign of "Iggy" unplugged, delivering
classic stump speeches and shaking hands at events far-less scripted
than those of Harper. He has invited all Canadians to rise up against
Harper and climb back into the "big red tent" of the Liberal party, with
progressive social policies but also prudent financial management of
former Liberal governments.
Both the Liberals and NDP have said they're not interested in the
coalition government that Harper is warning Canadians about, although
Ignatieff and Layton have said they would work with other parties if the
Tories don't win the confidence of the House of Commons.
Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe is desperately trying to hold on to
a majority of seats in la belle province, as polls show his party
trailing the NDP heading into election day. Green party Leader Elizabeth
May, the only federal leader to visit Calgary during the campaign, has
spent most of the race in her own B.C. riding as she tries to win the
first Green seat in Parliament.
Despite the parties' different visions for the country, some political
observers believe it has been a sleeper campaign devoid of any hard
policy announcements or clear road maps of where each leader will take
the country -leaving voters scratching their heads at the ballot box.
"We've all reverted to the
Kim Campbell level, which is election
campaigns are not the time to talk about policy," said Peter McCormick,
political scientist at the University of Lethbridge.
"Everyone has been playing it way too safe, way too close to their
chests and way too cryptic."
After five years of minority rule, Harper is promising a re-elected
Conservative government will hit the ground running on the economy and
focus its efforts on job creation, low taxes and eliminating the
$40-billion deficit by 2014-15, a year earlier than initially expected.
"I am confident we are going to win. But I think the choice is very
clear and it's very close," Harper said at a rally Saturday in Ontario.
He is pledging to trim enough fat from government spending to save $4
billion annually through a strategic review of program expenses, but is
committed to ongoing six-per-cent annual increases in health transfers
to the provinces.
Defence spending and a law-andorder agenda will also be top priorities,
with the Conservatives vowing to go ahead and purchase F-35 fighter jets
under a sole-sourced contract pegged as high as $29 billion over three
But Harper has also outlined some bolder plans if he wins a majority,
promising his government would eliminate the $2 per-vote public subsidy
for political parties, kill the longgun registry, and roll 12 crime
bills into at least one omnibus bill and push it through Parliament
within 100 days of winning at least 155 seats in the House of Commons.
Strong financial support for health care, municipal infrastructure and
low-income seniors can only happen with a dynamic economy that's
generating jobs and wealth for Canadians, said Harper lieutenant and
Calgary Southeast incumbent Jason Kenney.
"The overarching vision is on policies designed to promote economic
growth because we believe everything else is ancillary," Kenney said.
"There are some things that we have announced in our platform that we'll
only try to do if there's a majority because otherwise it's bound to
trigger a non-confidence vote, another election or worse, a coalition."
Layton is promising an NDP-led government would resemble a bit of a
modern-day Robin Hood: taking from big corporations and providing more
to low-and middle-income Canadians.
The NDP platform promises to hire more doctors and nurses, strengthen
the pension system, create jobs by giving tax breaks to small business,
help consumers by capping credit card fees and taking the federal sales
tax off home heating, and set a "new tone" in Parliament that is more
"We can do better. It doesn't have to be this way," Layton told
supporters Saturday at a rally in B.C. "In this election, we do have a
He's also vowing to eliminate potentially $2 billion in federal
subsidies to "Canada's dirtiest energy sources, like the tarsands," and
instead use the cash for renewable energy projects and green jobs. The
party also wants a "more measured pace of development" that includes a
moratorium on new oilsands projects until the environmental footprint is
"He (Layton) is the Robin Hood in orange and green riding the orange
wave," said NDP Edmonton incumbent Linda Duncan. "The vision for Canada
is that Canadians have a voice in (their government) ... It's time
Canadians get a fair shake."
The Liberal platform, much like the NDP, is promising a cap-and-trade
emissions reduction program that would impose greenhouse gas limits on
large industrial emitters, as well as a ban on tanker traffic along
British Columbia's northwest coast -which could halt plans for a
pipeline project that would ship oilsands product to the coast.
The Conservatives have previously promised a cap-and-trade system, but
only if the U.S. follows that route.
Ignatieff -whose party polls show is in third place behind the NDP -has
vowed to slash spending, cancel a planned corporate tax reduction,
encourage homeowners to make green renovations and allow citizens to
Key platform planks include a $700-million boost to the Guaranteed
Income Supplement, $1 billion for a post-secondary education financial
aid package (that would provide a tax-free $4,000 subsidy to all high
school students who attend university or college), $1 billion to help
family caregivers, and $500 million for early childhood learning.
"This has not been a frustrating campaign for me. It has been an
inspiring opportunity to present our opportunities to the Canadian
people," Ignatieff told reporters Saturday during a campaign stop in
The Liberals promise to save $3 billion in their first year in office
-rising to $5 billion in year two -by increasing the corporate tax rate
by 1.5 percentage points, to a level of 18 per cent.
Like Harper, Ignatieff is committed to six-per-cent annual increases in
health transfer payments and, like Layton, the Liberal leader would also
scrap the government's plans to buy the fighter jets, whose costs
continue to escalate.
"Careful economic management is absolutely fundamental. That is at the
core of the Liberal platform," said longtime Liberal incumbent and
former federal finance minister Ralph Goodale.
"It's going to take careful management of federal spending."
May and the Green party are proposing income splitting for couples,
reforms to employment insurance and the Canada Pension Plan, a corporate
tax hike and a carbon pricing scheme to tackle greenhouses gases.
© Copyright (c) The Edmonton Journal
....AND NOW STUDY AN ANASYSIS OF
THE 2011 ELECTION PSYCH OF CANADIAN VOTERS....
....which would not likely give the
election a predictable outcome
imagined of a nation of immigrants from all over the world
and a nation which has matured to prosperous and democratic adulthood
since confederation in 1867...
.....What's driving voters IN CANADA?
......Hope and boredom......
CANADIAN Federal election:
..... a tight race between
boredom and hope.....
....Stark divisions in the public
mood mirror the twists and turns
of the most unusual election campaign in Canada's history....
Mail: April. 30,
2011: Patrick Brethour, Sunny Dhillon and Daniel Leblanc at Vancouver,
British Columbia and Magog, Quebec.)
HOPE BEATS FEAR - It’s a truism of modern election campaigns, and the
2011 Canadian federal election is no exception.
But hope should hold off on any victory party; it is in a tight race
with boredom as the dominant mood of the Canadian electorate on the cusp
of the May 2 election, according to data from Nanos Research.
Those numbers go deeper
than the typical horse-race gauge of party support, to explore the
prevailing undercurrents of public opinion – and to make sense of the
twists and turns of what has become one of the most unpredictable
campaigns in Canada’s electoral history, as the Bloc Québécois and
Liberals have sunk, the New Democrats have soared and the Conservatives
have stalled. The Nanos numbers also reveal stark regional differences
in the mood of the electorate.
Nationwide, 31.7 per cent of Canadians surveyed said hope best describes
their feelings about the federal election campaign; 32.6 per cent said
they were bored; anger was a distant third at 12.8 per cent, while fear
came in at 10.3 per cent. Excitement placed dead last, with 5.9 per
Nik Nanos, president and CEO of the polling firm, said the findings
indicate why the Liberal and Conservative campaigns failed to find
traction. Liberal expectations that Canada would, in Leader Michael
Ignatieff’s words, rise up to eject the Harper government hinged on
anger that simply didn’t materialize. “It’s definitely the wrong
message,” said Mr. Nanos.
Similarly, dire Conservative warnings of the consequences of failing to
elect a Tory majority would not have resonated much beyond one in 10
As for the NDP, it had the good fortune to have a strategy tailored,
however unintentionally, to the electoral zeitgeist. Its feel-good
approach – even its most negative advertising was carried off with a
wink – clearly found purchase among the third of voters feeling hopeful.
Like many of the trends in this campaign, those national averages mask
deep regional differences. In Quebec, for instance, boredom is by far
the prevailing mood, with 42.5 per cent of respondents using that word
to describe their attitude toward the election. For Bloc Québécois
supporters, that proportion is far larger, at 57.1 per cent.
Along Rue Principale in Magog in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, near where
Bloc Leader Gilles Duceppe was touring on Friday, Solange Roy seemed
part of that turned-off group. “We never make progress on anything.
Instead of trying to find solutions, the parties are always fighting,”
said Ms. Roy, who has voted for the Bloc previously, but this time out
is still undecided.
Bored voters could be turned off by a campaign filled with microscopic
and distant issues, Mr. Nanos said. “Boredom can be a proxy for
On Vancouver’s funky Commercial Drive strip, disappointment is the last
thing on Dave Postnikoff’s mind. The 56-year-old has been voting NDP his
entire adult life, but he said he senses a different mood – an upbeat
mood – among his fellow citizens. “I feel hopeful. It just seems that
people are waking up.” This time, he said, people seem to be getting
behind a leader who’s less concerned about bickering with other parties.
“I'm a little bit surprised. Pleasantly surprised.”
The Nanos data back up his feeling; 41.9 per cent of B.C. respondents
said they feel hopeful about the election, the highest feel-good
proportion in the country.
There are other deep regional divisions in the Nanos numbers,
particularly on whether the Conservatives, Liberals or NDP should be at
the helm of a minority government. Quebeckers overwhelmingly opt for an
NDP minority government, with 43.6 per cent of respondents supporting
that option, and just 21 per cent in favour of a Conservative minority.
Nationally, 35 per cent of Canadians most like the idea of Tory
minority, with support in English Canada ranging from 29 per cent in
Atlantic Canada to 52 per cent on the Prairies. Conversely, enthusiasm
for an NDP minority is lowest on the Prairies, at just 22.9 per cent.
Outside of Quebec, the idea of an NDP minority government found its
highest level of support in Atlantic Canada, where all three major
national parties are in contention, according to the latest battery of
Canada-wide, the Conservatives hold a narrow single-digit lead over the
New Democrats, whose momentum has not yet run out; the third-place
Liberals are still falling and trail both the Tories and NDP by double
Whether those numbers produce a House of Commons that meshes with the
mood of the public is impossible to say in an election that started out
as mundane and ended up anything but. “I think it’s going to be an
extremely exciting conclusion,” said EKOS pollster Frank Graves.
Nanos surveyed 1,200 adult Canadians between April 26 and 28 for the
poll. The national results are considered accurate to within 2.8
percentage points, 19 times out 20. Regional breakdowns have a higher
margin of error.
.....AND THE $300 MILLION TO BE WASTED IN 2001 ELECTION
MAJORITY OF CANADIAN DO NOT WANT ...
AND THOUGH IS FOR A UNCONDITIONAL BELEIF DEMOCRATIC LIFESTYLE....
COULD NOT BE AVOIDED EVEN BY THE PROFOUND LEGACY OF
THE NATIONAL LEADERSHIPS OF
PAST CANDIAN PRIME MINISTERS
DAILY SEEN BY CANADIANS ON THE BANK NOTES THEY USE...
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.....AND THEY SAY PICTURES ARE WORTH
....SO PVAF PRESENTS FOR YOUR JUDGING
THE FACES OF THE 4 MAJOR PARY LEADERS
ON SATURDAY, MAY 1, 2011- A DAY BEFORE
THE CANADIAN VOTERS TELL THEM
WHAT THEY THINK OF THEM....
From Top left clockwise:
Stephen Harper (Progress Conservative), Michael Ignitieff (Liberal),
Jack Layton (New Democratic) and Gilles Duccepe (Bloc Quebecois)
|....AND GOD WILLING PVAF MAY SHOW YOU THE
FACES ON MAY 2, 2011...
.....after the Canadian voters rearrange the faces simply with their
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