Election 2008

Cartoon: Conservative Cuts to State Funding of the Arts

Find a political cartoon depicting Prime Minister Harper trying to remove the Canadian arts community from sucking on teat of the Canadian State.

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Cartoon: Rae and Ignatieff Praise Dion and then Show Him the Door

Find a political cartoon depicting Liberal leadership contenders Bob Rae and Michael Ignatieff praising Liberal Party of Canada leader, Stéphane Dion, and then showing Dion the door.

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Cartoon: The Cost of the 2008 Election in Canada: 300 Million and Counting

Find a political cartoon depicting the cost of 2008 federal election in Canada at over 300 million dollars.

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Tag Clouding the Campaign Websites - Unscientific, but Fun!

By Greg Farries on Oct 9, 2008

Darren Barefoot, author of Getting to First Base: A Social Media Marketing Playbook, has taken a novel approach to analyzing what the political parties in Canada mention on their campaign websites.

What with the forthcoming election and all, and being in marketing, I thought it might be interesting to use Wordle to distill each of the four national parties’ websites into a tag cloud. The cloud would reflect the terms that the party uses most frequently on their English-language websites. With an assist from Ask Metafilter, I got them done. I’ll explain a little more about how after the clouds.

Only Five Days Left to Enter to Win! Post a Comment on our Blog.

By Greg Farries on Oct 9, 2008

You only have five days left to post a comment in the 2008 Election Blog on Maple Leaf Web and enter to win one of two $50 gift certificates to Chapters.ca! Remember, the more you comment the better chance you have to WIN!

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Cartoon: Media Pushes Prime Minister Harper over Possible Economic Doomsday

Find a political cartoon depicting the national news media pushing Prime Minister Harper to comment over economic crisis hitting financial markets and banks across the world.

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Cartoon: Was Prime Minister Harper too Passive in the Leaders Debate?

Find a political cartoon depicting Prime Minister Stephen Harper being too passive during the 2008 federal election in Canada.

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2008 Election Campaign Political Party Platforms

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Oct 3, 2008

Find a summary of the campaign platforms for each of the federal political parties in Canada. Links to the official platforms for the Conservative Party of Canada, Liberal Party of Canada, New Democratic Party of Canada, and the Green Party of Canada are also available.

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Cartoon: During the Leaders Debate, Will the Economy Bore all the Leaders but Harper?

Find a political cartoon depicting Prime Minister Stephen Harper boring all the other political party leaders while talking about the economy.

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Cartoon: Layton and the "Champions of Federal Funding" would Improve the Arts

Find a political cartoon depicting New Democratic Party of Canada leader, Jack Layton, claiming that an artists work would be so much better if "Champions of Federal Funding" were allowed to support art in Canada.

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Liberal Party Releases Platform - The Response is Deafening

By Melanee Thomas on Sep 23, 2008

Has anyone else noticed that the Liberals released their full platform yesterday, and hardly anyone has said a word about it? It's as though the collective response has been *crickets chirping*. 

I did see on CBC Newsworld this morning that the English and French political bureau chiefs indicated that Dion's performance "wasn't bad" ... specifically, it wasn't as bad as John Turner's in 1988. 

I don't remember the 1988 Liberal platform announcement, but based on what was relayed about it, particularly the child care portion, the fact that the media is comparing Dion's announcement yesterday to Turner in 1988 is not good. 

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Cartoon: Liberal Election Platform - Where is the Green Shift?

Find a political cartoon depicting the Liberal Party of Canada leader serving up the Liberal Party election campaign platform to a voter, while the voter inquires about the main course (i.e. the Green Shift tax proposal).

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Comment on this Blog and You Could Win!

By Greg Farries on Sep 15, 2008

Here is your chance to win one of two gift-certificates to Chapters.ca!

We have invited a number of university academics, from across Canada, to write on the Maple Leaf Web Election 2008 Blog. If you register and post a comment on any of the Election 2008 Blog postings, your name will be entered into a draw to win one of two $50 gift-certificates to Chapters.ca.

Each time you post a comment, your name will be entered into the draw - so the more comments you post, the better chance you have to win!

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