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Mapleleafweb Will No Longer be Actively Maintained

By Greg Farries on Jan 17, 2011

After 11 years of publishing Canadian political educational materials on the Internet, Mapleleafweb.com will no longer be actively maintained. This decision was hard to make, but unfortunately finding additional funding sources to pay for the active development of the website was proving too difficult.

This project would have never been a success without the generous donations provided by the Max Bell Foundation, Arthur Child Foundation, Canada West Foundation, University of Lethbridge, David Elton Endowment and anonymous donors.

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Centre for the Study of Democracy, Queen’s University - Debate on Senate Reform

By Greg Farries on May 25, 2010

Among Canadian democratic institutions, the Senate is arguably the most controversial and, for many Canadians, the least understood. With legislation to reform the Senate once again before Parliament, the Centre will be holding a debate to discuss what, if anything, is wrong with the Senate of Canada, whether it should be reformed and, if so, by what means. Debaters: Senator Hugh Segal; Senator James S.

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Congrats to Natasha B. for winning the iPod Touch!

By Greg Farries on Apr 6, 2010

Thanks to everyone who took our readership survey and entered their name into the draw for the iPod Touch. Natasha B. name was drawn on Friday and she will be receiving the iPod shortly.

We are going to be holding more contests in the near future - make sure to check back here for more information!

New Poll! Should we Update O'Canada to Remove "Sons"

By Greg Farries on Mar 3, 2010

We just posted a new opinion poll. Make sure to head on over and post your vote on whether we should update O'Canada to remove gender specific language.

Take our Survey - You Could Win a IPOD Touch!

By Greg Farries on Feb 5, 2010

In an effort to better understand who is visiting Maple Leaf Web and to improve the overall experience for individual readers of Maple Leaf Web, we’re asking out readership to take a short survey.

In order to enter your name for a chance to win an IPOD Touch, you need to include your email address at the end of the survey. Thanks!

Update: this content is now closed, thanks to everyone who entered.

Martha Hall Findlay Interview at ThePolitic.com

By Greg Farries on Nov 12, 2009

Richard Albert, over at ThePolitic.com, interviews past Liberal Party of Canada leadership candidate and current member or Parliament for riding of Willowdale, Martha Hall Findlay.

One question asked by Richard concerning why Ignatieff is a better leader for Canada than the current prime minister, brought this response:

Michael Ignatieff is better than Stephen Harper for a number of reasons, but first and foremost relates to my last answer.

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Maple Leaf Web Forum Redesign Complete

By Greg Farries on Nov 9, 2009

If you haven’t gotten a chance to check out Maple Leaf Web’s discussion forums, now might be the time! We have just completed an important upgrade of the forum software and we ended up updating the overall look and feel of the forums. We hope you enjoy the new look!

Jonathan McLeod Interviews Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada

By Greg Farries on Nov 2, 2009

Jonathan McLeod, a colleague of mine over at ThePolitic.com, recently got a chance to interview Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada. Apparently, Ms. May is quite the fan of former leader of the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party and Premier of Saskatchewan.

Does the Liberal Party Have to Lose in Order to Win?

By Greg Farries on Oct 5, 2009

The Hill Times recently published an interesting editorial, very similar incidentally to a posting her at MLW by Harold Jansen, titled, Ignatieff’s committing political euthanasia - If a party has to commit political suicide to defend its credibility, it means there’s not much of it left in the party. In the article Andelo Persichilla comments:

I see two major problems afflicting the Liberals.

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Mapleleafweb Twitter Account

By Greg Farries on Sep 28, 2009

We are finally joining the social networking revolution and therefore we’ve activated a Twitter account for Mapleleafweb. To follow us make sure to visit our Twitter page @mapleleafweb.

Public Financing of Political Parties in Canada - Cut the Subsidy: Tom Flanagan

By Greg Farries on Aug 17, 2009

Tom Flanagan in today’s Globe and Mail argues for the end of the “per-vote” subsidy given to federal political parties in Canada.

Third, Canada could consider a taxpayer check-off system of the type found in the United States at the federal level and in 41 states. The basic idea is that taxpayers, when filing annual returns, can tick a box indicating a political contribution.

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2009 Nova Scotia Election Coverage

By Greg Farries on Jun 8, 2009

There is only one day left in the 2009 Nova Scotia General Election and therefore it might not be a bad idea to quickly highlight some of the popular Nova Scotia election resources:

Nodice: Nova Scotia Provincial Election 2009 Coverage - Provides statistical and brief background information on the 2009 provincial election in Nova Scotia.

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BC Liberals Win Election, STV Defeated

By Greg Farries on May 13, 2009

It looks like British Columbian's have given the Gordon Campbell Liberal party a third straight mandate to govern.

B.C. Liberal Leader Gordon Campbell has won an historic third straight term as the province's premier. Preliminary results in Tuesday's B.C. election show Campbell's Liberals leading with 45.7 per cent of the popular vote, ahead of Carole James's NDP at 42.2 per cent.

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With Michael Ignatieff as Leader of the Liberal Party, is the Coalition Dead?

By Greg Farries on Dec 9, 2008

CTVNews is reporting that Bob Rae has told his supporters in a conference call Tuesday that he will end his bid for the Liberal leadership. Considering Rae's departure means Michael Ignatieff is the sole remaining candidate for the leadership position and almost certainly the next leader of the Liberal Party of Canada, is Ignatieff going to continue with the coalition with the New Democratic Party?

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