Conservative Party of Canada

Cartoon: Harper gets Biten by his Party, while Dion keeps Biting away at his Party

Find a political cartoon depicting Prime Minister Stephen Harper being bit by his political party, the Conservative Party of Canada, while Leader of the Official Opposition, Stéphane Dion, bites away at this political party, the Liberal Party of Canada.

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What if they held an election and nobody came? Campaigning in Alberta

By Harold Jansen on Sep 17, 2008

One of the discussions I often end up having with my classes is how much local campaigns and candidates matter. There is a school of thought, best represented by the work of political scientists Ken Carty and Munroe Eagles, that argues that local campaigns can be very important and make a difference. Another school of thought suggests that in an age of electronic, media-intensive, leader-focused campaigns, local candidates matter very little. We often joke in class that one great way to settle this debate would be to convince a candidate not to campaign and see what happens. Unfortunately, we conclude, it would be difficult to convince someone to do this.

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2008 Canadian Election Issues and Events

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Sep 14, 2008

Find a detailed articled outline the key issues and events in the 2008 federal election in Canada, including the minority/majority government question, the economy, leadership, the environment, and Canada in Afghanistan.

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Voter tracking and identification: The Conservative advantage

By Harold Jansen on Sep 13, 2008

Michael Valpy has a great article in the Globe and Mail that details the Conservatives' sopgisticated voter database. It's something that Harper and the Conservatives have been building for years, as detailed in Tom Flanagan's interesting book, Harper's Team. It allows the Conservatives to identify and get out the vote, but also allows them to fundraise between elections. It's part of the secret why the Conservatives are swimming in cash while the Liberals have to borrow to finance their campaign. It's a big advantage and something that to my knowledge the other parties are well beyond them in developing.

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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.

So much for dignified debate

By Harold Jansen on Sep 9, 2008

Every election, we hope for dignified debate over policy. But eventually, the whole thing grinds down into petty partisanship. It only took until the third day, but we're there. The Conservative website briefly had a puffin pooping on Stephane Dion.

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Recent Federal Electoral History in Canada

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Sep 8, 2008

Find information on Canadian federal electoral history from 2006-2008, including 2006 general election results, changes in party leadership, and political party standing prior to 2008 general election.

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2008 Canadian Political Party Profiles

Feature by Jay Makarenko || Sep 8, 2008

Find information on registered political parties in the 2008 federal election, including party leadership, background information, and election platforms.

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Cartoon: Liberal Election Strategy - Our Fraud Is Not as Bad

Find a political cartoon depicting Stephane Dion considering a questionable new election strategy to combat the Conservative Party of Canada.

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Cartoon: Conservative In and Out Scheme a Liberal Dream

Find a political cartoon depicting the Conservative Party of Canada's in and out scandal being a huge political bone for the Liberal Party of Canada.

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Cartoon: Liberals Call Conservatives Corrupt - Pot Calling Kettle Black?

Find a political cartoon depicting the Liberal leader, Stéphane Dion calling Conservative leader, Stephen Harper corrupt.

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Cartoon: Liberals and Conservatives Even in the Polls

Find a political cartoon that depicts a fruit cake as being as popular as party leaders, Stephen Harper and Stéphane Dion.

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Cartoon: Conservative Party Leader Harper and Mulroney's Legacy

Find a political cartoon depicting former Progressive Conservative Prime Minister, Brian Mulroney holding hands with the Stephen Harper, Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.

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