Electoral System


“Stephen Harper would quit as PM even if party loses by a seat” (CBC News)

CBC News: Conservative Leader Stephen Harper says he will cease to be prime minister if his party comes a close second in the Oct. 19 election, signalling he will not resort to any procedural tactics to remain in power. In a wide-ranging…


“Loose pool of NDP/Liberal vote-swappers confound election predictions” (Global News

The Canadian Press: Chrystia Freeland says she’s heard it point blank from potential Liberal-NDP vote-switchers as she door-knocks in downtown Toronto. “A lot of people say to me that they will support the party they…


“Unions set to launch major anti-Harper offensive” (The Globe and Mail)

Giuseppe Valiante (The Globe and Mail): Canada’s largest unions say if enough of their members vote strategically in key ridings across the country, Stephen Harper and the Conservatives will not get a fourth term in…


“The end of strategic voting” (The Toronto Sun)

Andrew Perez (The Toronto Sun): When the federal election writ dropped August 2, it appeared campaign 2015 was destined to become a textbook case for strategic voting. Conventional wisdom suggested Justin Trudeau’s faltering Liberals were…


“OFL urges blanket labour support for NDP; other unions urge strategic voting” (CTV News)

Joan Bryden (The Canadian Press): The Ontario Federation of Labour is throwing unequivocal support behind Tom Mulcair’s NDP in the federal election campaign. And OFL president Sid Ryan is urging the entire labour movement to…


“‘More about change’: New Ipsos poll shows most voters ok with Mulcair, Trudeau minority, just not Harper” (Global News)

James Armstrong (Global News): While the ultimate goal of Canadian political parties is to form a majority government in the House of Commons, none of the three parties which could form government are even close to…



“Greens extend conditional helping hand for potential minority government” (The Vancouver Sun)

Jeff Lee (The Vancouver Sun): Green party Leader Elizabeth May ruled out forming a coalition government with the Liberals or the NDP Monday, but has set four conditions for her party to provide support to…