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Will the Conservative MPs Resign En Masse in Response to Coalition?

By Greg Farries on Dec 2, 2008

CFRA's Lowell Green, QR77's Dave Rutherford, and Bourque Newswatch are reporting that the Western Canadian MPs may take a drastic measure if the Governor General allows the coalition to form government - they will resign en masse.

This drastic measure - effectively removing significant political representation from a large portion of the country - would certainly push the Governor General and or the coalition to consider dissolving the House and calling an election.

Party Platforms - Analyzing When Voters Research their Vote

By Greg Farries on Oct 28, 2008

We use Google Analytics to monitor and analyze the traffic we receive on Maple Leaf Web. The level of detail provided by Google Analytics is simply astonishing and it provides a unique look into how people are using Maple Leaf Web to research important political topics.

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Congrats to david_lewis and derekkim for Winning the MLW Comment Contest

By Greg Farries on Oct 17, 2008

Congrats to david_lewis and derekkim - both commenters names were drawn for the two $50 gift-certificates.

Thanks to everyone who contributed their comments on the Maple Leaf Web blog during the 2008 federal election, and stay tuned for more contests and giveaways in the future!

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! Remember, the more you comment the better chance you have to WIN!

See this post for more details...

NDP Leader Layton talks about Coalition Government with Liberals

By Greg Farries on Sep 22, 2008

According to the Hamilton Spectator, New Democratic Party Leader, Jack Layton, is not ruling out a coalition government with the Stéphane Dion's Liberal Party of Canada.

NDP Leader Jack Layton is refusing to rule out a coalition government with Stéphane Dion's Liberals if that's what it takes to oust Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

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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!

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

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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Predictive Stockmarkets Favouring Conservatives Over Liberals

By Greg Farries on Sep 11, 2008

A quick glance at the two major predictive stock markets have Prime Minister Harper and the Conservative Party of Canada leading by a considerable amount. The 2008 UBC Election Stock Market and the Intrade Prediction Market both place a Conservative plurality (meaning, either a minority or majority) at 80% or greater.

The MLW Off-Topic Forums are Now Open!

By Greg Farries on Jul 31, 2008

I've recently added five new off-topic forums in the Maple Leaf Web discussion forums. We have chosen five topics spanning a wide range of issues.

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Conservatives Introduce Copyright Bill

By Greg Farries on Jun 12, 2008

Industry Minister Jim Prentice stated yesterday that he will be tabling amendments to the Copyright Law in the House of Commons this morning,



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Submit Questions for our Interview with Honourable Stéphane Dion

By Greg Farries on Jun 2, 2008

Mapleleafweb is scheduled to do an interview with Honourable Stéphane Dion, Leader of the Official Opposition and Liberal Party of Canada. We are providing visitors to Mapleleafweb the opportunity to submit potential questions to Hon. Stéphane Dion.

Read More » Blogging Tools - Free NDP Themed Templates

By Greg Farries on May 13, 2008

In addition to the typical videos and banner ads that nearly every political party gives way on their political party websites, the New Democratic Party of Canada (NDP) has gone the extra mile and created NDP themed weblog templates.

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Major General MacKenzie Interview on the Canadian Military and War on Terror

By Greg Farries on Apr 3, 2008

My interview with retired Major General, Lewis MacKenzie has finally been posted. The General had a number of interesting things to say relating to Canada’s Armed Forces, the War on Terror and Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan.

Here are some of the points I found the most interesting:

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RSS Feeds Available for Features, Weblog and Forums

By Greg Farries on Mar 17, 2008

For those of you who use Real Simple Synication (RSS) to stay on top of news and events on Internet, you might be interested to know that we're now providing RSS feeds for our Features, Weblog and for any new topics posted in the forums.

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