Bloc Québécois

Political Parties and the Party System in Canada: History, Operation and Issues

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Jun 1, 2010

Political parties play a central role in Canadian democracy and government, representing an important link between the state and society. This article provides an introduction to the nature of parties and the party system at the federal level of Canadian politics. This includes exploring the definition of a political party, systems of classification, the history of Canada’s party system, the operation of political parties, and key issues and debates regarding party politics in Canada.

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Cartoon: Political Parties in Canada Agree on One Thing, Not to Audit Their Expenses

Find a political cartoon depicting all the political parties in Canada finally agreeing on something, not to allow the Auditor General of Canada to audit their expenses.

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Cartoon: The Speaker of the House Gives the Parties Two Weeks

Find a political cartoon depicting the Speaker of the House of Commons, Peter Milliken, the Conservative Government and the opposition parties two weeks to come to an agreement on releasing documents relating to the Afghanistan detainee controversy.

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Cartoon: Battle of the Politicians - Undemocratic vs Underwhelming

Find a political cartoon depicting a real battle between the undemocratic leader of Canada vs the underwhelming opposition leaders of Canadian political parties.

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Cartoon: H1N1 Flu and the Political Whining in Ottawa

Find a political cartoon depicting the H1N1 flu outbreak in Canada occurring and the accompanying whining and complaining in the House of Commons in Ottawa about the Conservative government's response.

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Cartoon: NDP Leader Layton Propps up the Harper Conservatives

Find a political cartoon depicting New Democratic Party leader, Jack Layton, asking Minority Conservative government leader, Stephen Harper, to dance.

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Federal Campaign Finance Laws in Canada

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Jul 21, 2009

Campaign finance refers to the rules that govern the use of money in electoral processes such as general elections, by-elections, and referenda. In this context, Canada has adopted a broad set of rules in relation to key political actors, including election candidates, political parties, electoral district associations, and third parties. This article provides an introduction to federal campaign finance laws, including their history, content, and administration. It also explores a number of key issues regarding the regulation of money in elections.

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

Find a cartoon depicting Jack Layton, Gilles Duceppe and Stéphane Dion as being disappointed with Michael Ignatieff being given the leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada.

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The Liberal - NDP Coalition and Forming Government

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Dec 19, 2008

Find an explanation of how a proposed Liberal-NDP coalition government could assume power according to Canada’s parliamentary tradition. Includes an examination of a possible vote of non-confidence against the Conservative minority government; a request to the Governor General to allow a Liberal-New Democratic coalition to form a new government; and the immediate tasks facing a possible coalition government once in power.

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Events Leading to the Liberal - NDP Coalition Agreement

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Dec 18, 2008

On December 1, 2008, the Liberal Party of Canada, the New Democratic Party and the Bloc Québécois officially signed an agreement to defeat the Conservative minority government led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Under this agreement, the Liberals and NDP agreed to form a coalition government, which would be supported by the Bloc. The following article provides an overview of factors and events surrounding the signing of this agreement.

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2008 Canadian Federal Election: Results and Summary

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Oct 21, 2008

On October 14, 2008, Canadians returned Stephen Harper and Conservative Party of Canada to a second minority government. In this feature, learn more about the results of the 2008 federal election, including an overview of the results, discussions of key factors/non-factors in the election, and an examination of the election’s impact.

On October 14, 2008, Canadians returned Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party of Canada to a second minority government. On the one hand, the 2008 election did little to change the Canadian political landscape, as the major political parties were returned to Parliament with similar seat totals and percentages of the national vote as in the previous 2006 election.

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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.

Crisis Within the Bloc

By Melanee Thomas on Sep 16, 2008

Even with new media reports nearly every day in Quebec of separatist politicians taking a swipe at the Bloc, I was reluctant to believe there was a real problem within the party. Rather, I thought some separatists might be more inclined to sway voters to a different party (odd as that might sound).

I'm beginning to realise, however, that it's both: colleagues of mine much closer to the Bloc suggest there is a "genuine crisis" and it centres around the idea that right-wing viewpoints and ideas are no longer welcome within the party.

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When Lawn Signs Aren't an Option

By Melanee Thomas on Sep 8, 2008

I am convinced that, as a displaced Albertan, I will always find politics in Quebec somewhat odd.

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