Elections & Political Parties

Elections, and the political parties that contest them, represent key links between Canadians and their political representatives and leaders. Find articles on current and past elections in Canada, as well as on the nature and issues of Canada’s electoral and political party systems.

Canada’s Electoral System: Introduction to Federal and Provincial Elections

Feature by Brian Doody || Dec 3, 2007

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p>While the origins of some elements of Canada’s electoral system can be traced back to medieval England, others have been added more recently and reflect changes in the way that election campaigns have evolved, as well as an ongoing concern that elections be kept free and fair.

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2007 Saskatchewan General Election

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Oct 24, 2007

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p>On November 7, 2007, Saskatchewan voters elected the Saskatchewan Party to a majority government, with Brad Wall becoming the new provincial Premier. The election of the Saskatchewan Party ended 16 years of rule by the provincial New Democratic Party (first under Premier Roy Romanow, and then under Premier Lorne Calvert).

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2007 Newfoundland and Labrador General Election

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Oct 1, 2007

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p>On October 9, 2007, Newfoundland and Labrador voters returned the provincial Progressive Conservative Party and Danny Williams to government. The election was a landslide victory for the PC Party, which won 43 of 46 seats in the provincial legislature and 69 percent of the popular vote.

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2007 Ontario General Election

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Sep 19, 2007
2007 Ontario General Election

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p>On October 10, 2007, Ontario voters returned Dalton McGuinty and the Ontario Liberal Party to government. McGuinty and the Liberals won a strong majority government, taking 71 of the 107 seats in the provincial legislature, as well as 42 percent of the popular vote.

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2007 Manitoba General Election

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Jun 1, 2007

On May 22, 2007, Manitobans re-elected the New Democratic Party and Premier Gary Doer to a majority government.

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Voter Turnout in Canada

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p>Since the 1980s, voter turnout in federal elections has fallen sharply. In the 1988 general election, 75 percent of eligible voters participated.

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2007 Quebec General Election

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Mar 1, 2007

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p>On March 26, 2007, Quebec voters returned Jean Charest and the Quebec Liberal Party to power, albeit as a minority government (the first in Quebec in almost 130 years).

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2006 Alberta Progressive Conservative Leadership Race

On December 2, 2006, Alberta Progressive Conservative Party members selected Ed Stelmach as their new party leader and as the new Premier of Alberta.

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2006 New Brunswick General Election

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Aug 1, 2006

In September 2006, New Brunswick voters elected the provincial Liberal Party to a majority government, with its leader, Shawn Graham, becoming the new provincial Premier.

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2006 Nova Scotia General Election

Feature by Jay Makarenko || May 1, 2006

In June 2006, Nova Scotia voters re-elected the provincial Progressive Conservative Party, and Premier Rodney MacDonald to another minority government.

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2005 British Columbia General Election

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Apr 1, 2005

British Columbia voters went to the polls on May 17, 2005, re-electing Premier Gordon Campbell's Liberals to a second majority government, and narrowly defeating a referendum on changing the provin

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2004 Alberta General Election

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Nov 1, 2004

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p>On November 22, 2004, Albertans elected the Alberta Progressive Conservative Party to a majority government, returning Ralph Klein as the province’s premier. The election represented the tenth consecutive Progressive Conservative government in Alberta; the last time another party held power was in 1971, when the Social Credit Party was in government.

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2003 Newfoundland and Labrador General Election

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Oct 1, 2003

On October 21, 2003, voters in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador elected the provincial Progressive Conservative Party to a majority government, with Danny Williams becoming the province’s new premier. In the election, the Progressive Conservatives soundly defeated the provincial Liberal Party, which had been in government prior to the election. This article provides an overview of previous election results, pre-election party standings and polls, information on each major party’s leader and election platforms, as well as a summary of the election results.

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2003 Saskatchewan General Election

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Oct 1, 2003

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p>On November 5, 2003, Saskatchewan voters returned Premier Lorne Calvert and the provincial New Democratic Party to government, this time with a slight majority in the legislative assembly.

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2003 Ontario General Election

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Sep 1, 2003

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p>On October 2, 2003, Ontario voters changed the landscape of politics in their province by electing Dalton McGuinty and the Ontario Liberal Party to government.

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