Posts Tagged ‘ Canadian election polls ’

What happens if Harper Conservatives “win” only minority government .. and not largest share of popular vote?

Aug 2nd, 2015 | By | Category: In Brief

Now that Stephen Harper has “called” a “long federal election” —  for October 19, as already prescribed in his own 2007 fixed election date legislation —  here are three quick notes to celebrate the start of the official campaign (as opposed to the unofficial one underway for almost too long already) : (1) Fixing elections? […]



The myth of the competent PM Harper .. and other campaign tales with two long weeks to go ..

Apr 17th, 2011 | By | Category: In Brief

Exactly one week ago I quoted the excellent Douglas Bell’s critical view of the 2011 Canadian federal election campaign: “my guess is that by the end of next week, the numbers will have changed dramatically.”  It is now clear that, for the most part, this guess has proved plain wrong. There are a few straws […]



Canadian federal election 2011 at mid-campaign .. Harper if necessary, but not necessarily a Harper government?

Apr 14th, 2011 | By | Category: In Brief

Now that both the English and French TV leaders’ debates are over, some two and a half weeks remain in the 2011 Canadian federal election campaign. And according to Chantal Hébert in the Toronto Star: “Debates keep Harper on road to majority.” At the same time, a Postmedia News report in the Vancouver Sun offers […]



One side of Mountie culture does look pro “Harper Government” .. and other noise along the campaign trail

Apr 7th, 2011 | By | Category: In Brief

Almost exactly three years ago now, it was reported that: “Former RCMP commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli’s decision to name then-Liberal finance minister Ralph Goodale in a criminal investigation likely influenced the 2006 federal election, the chair of the RCMP public complaints commission says.” Mr. Zaccardelli’s action did seem to correlate remarkably closely with the ultimate shift […]



Does new Conservative strength in polls mean no spring election in Canada?

Feb 16th, 2011 | By | Category: In Brief

[UPDATED FEBRUARY 18, 20]. Those of us who have not been happy about Stephen Harper’s (technically minority) stewardship of the Canadian experiment over the past five years will not be happy about the three latest opinion polls on Canadian federal politics either. The Canada-wide results from EKOS, Ipsos Reid, and Harris Decima are (in that […]



Can some kind of Mike and Jack show in Ottawa still lean Canada forward?

Nov 15th, 2010 | By | Category: In Brief

Technically, a Canadian federal election on December 31, 2010 could still be called as late as November 26 — 11 days from now. (And as some will want to remember here, the Federal Court of Appeal has “ruled that the Bill C-16 fixed-election-date measures” which became law “in May 2007 … did not … change […]



Waiting for the next Canadian federal election

Sep 8th, 2009 | By | Category: Ottawa Scene

On the Calgary Herald website there is a photograph of “Prime Minister Stephen Harper at a news conference in Calgary Sept. 1, 2009” — just after Michael Ignatieff announced “Liberals will vote against government.” And it is at least arguable that the prime minister looks a little like a cat who has just swallowed the […]