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It's Election Season in Canada(?)

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Babbler, Mar 23, 2011.

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Who would you vote for?

  1. Canadian - Conservative Party

    9.6%
  2. Canadian - Liberal Party

    16.0%
  3. Canadian - Bloc Quebecois

    1.1%
  4. Canadian - New Democratic Party

    11.7%
  5. Canadian - Green Party

    9.6%
  6. Canadian - Other Party/Independent

    1.1%
  7. Non-Canadian - Conservative Party

    11.7%
  8. Non-Canadian - Liberal Party

    7.4%
  9. Non-Canadian - Bloc Quebecois

    8.5%
  10. Non-Canadian - New Democratic Party

    9.6%
  11. Non-Canadian - Green Party

    7.4%
  12. Non-Canadian - Other Party/Independent

    6.4%
  1. Kerozine

    Kerozine Deity

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    It'd only be a total victory if they win a majority in the House of Commons. In which case they'd have total and utter control of the Federal government (Senate already in tow). Right now they would have to conserve what they had at dissolution and gain 11 more seats, but they're predicted to lose maybe 7 seats in Quebec and the remainder of the country is very saturated in terms of possible gains for the Cons. I'd say very unlikely possibility. :think:
     
  2. pboily

    pboily fingerlickinmathematickin

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    This is what EKOS Research predicts as of tonight (May 1):

    1) CPC: 130 to 146 seats
    2) NDP: 103 to 123 seats
    3) LPC: 36 to 46 seats
    4) BQ: 10 to 20 seats
    5) GP: 1 seat

    http://www.ekospolitics.com/index.php/2011/05/our-final-words-and-a-few-more-numbers-may-1-2011/

    According to some of my "sources" (which are probably not nearly as in-the-know as I like to believe them to be), the discussion to unite the center-left is actually heating up and we may be about to enter an era of US-styled two-party showdowns. Not sure how I feel about that myself because I would prefer a multi-party system with some kind of proportional representation and some other kind of local representation (the Senate, pehaps? I don't know). At any rate, I haven't read through the whole thread, so that info might already have been presented.

    A hearty thumbs up to all who have already voted or will vote tomorrow, no matter who you end up voting for.
     
  3. emzie

    emzie wicked witch of the North

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    Seems Iggy's been a disaster. :/
     
  4. Eat_Up_Martha

    Eat_Up_Martha Prince

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    I think I'm going to be joining the Orange Crush tomorrow. I was originally going to go Green, but the NDP candidate actually seems to stand almost a chance to beat out the homophobic misogynist of a Conservative MP. She (the NDP candidate) also seems to have a good head on her shoulders too, which is a bonus!
     
  5. pboily

    pboily fingerlickinmathematickin

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    I think he was too inexperienced at the political game, which is too bad, because he would have made a decent prime minister, in my opinion.

    And now, the Liberals either go through a few years of wilderness while waiting for Trudeau to morph into the second coming of his father, or they return to relevance now by hitching their wagon to Jack Layton's star.

    I, for one, did not see any of that coming.
     
  6. shadowplay

    shadowplay your ad here

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    Agreed! I've never missed an election where I've been eligible to vote, and I never will.
     
  7. Eat_Up_Martha

    Eat_Up_Martha Prince

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    Given the fact that the Tories only snap up 30-some percent of the vote, a two-party system would result in a Liberal majority damn near every time.
     
  8. Babbler

    Babbler Deity

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    The final projections are bit more pessimistic, I'm afraid (from the NDP point of view):





    But of course these things are hard to predict, given the wild swings we see.
     
  9. pboily

    pboily fingerlickinmathematickin

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    I think some Liberal voters would probably end up switching to the centre-right. With a FPTP system and strong regional preferences, a party could still win a majority of seats with a less than 50% of the votes.
     
  10. pboily

    pboily fingerlickinmathematickin

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    We'll see soon enough, right?
     
  11. Lord_Iggy

    Lord_Iggy Tsesk'ihe

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    Can't wait to watch the election coverage tomorrow. I mailed off my ballot over a week ago, voted for Kevin Barr (NDP) in the Yukon. Let's see if Larry Bagnell can hold onto his seat...
     
  12. Maniacal

    Maniacal the green Napoleon

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  13. SS-18 ICBM

    SS-18 ICBM Oscillator

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    Already did. I guess most of the voting will be done this evening.
     
  14. Puck Nutty

    Puck Nutty Prince

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    Done.

    Voted NDP for 2 reasons. 1: Olivia Chow seems pretty decent and this riding seems to run pretty smooth with her in charge. 2: Anybody but Harper.
     
  15. shadowplay

    shadowplay your ad here

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    On my way now to vote.... for the Conservative Party of Canada!


    Link to video.

    :D
     
  16. Godwynn

    Godwynn March to the Sea

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  17. Maniacal

    Maniacal the green Napoleon

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    Killing Osama probably did nothing to make the world safer... but yeah :lol:
     
  18. emzie

    emzie wicked witch of the North

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    If CPC ends up with... 143 seats I'll do a major /facepalm. 'specially if it meant nothing more than Liberals and NDP switching places and picking off a few BQ ridings. Perhaps Harper failing to gain a majority 3 times will result in new leadership. I could deal with a former PC leader.
     
  19. El_Machinae

    El_Machinae Colour vision since 2018 Retired Moderator

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    Argh! Recent polling suggests that there's an actual NDP/Liberal contest in my riding, which means my vote matters. Normally, I vote Green, but if the race is down to a couple hundred votes, then my proportionate voting power is much higher if I go either NDP/Liberal.
     
  20. Renner

    Renner Warlord

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    We could only hope, BRING BACK JOE CLARK!
     

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