The key to making overall gains is the ability to maintain internal cohesion while fighting multiple combatants from different parts of the political spectrum.
In the last 20 years, no close seat in a general election remained close in a subsequent byelection. And no close byelection race had ever been a close race in the previous general election. Not one.
Massive growth in the conservative 'ideological persuasion industry,' tools targeted at the grassroots.
Conventional political parties are 'slow to catch the wave,' or simply being cast away by a populace looking for something else, says Chantal Hébert.
Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand tells Parliament the Elections Act needs an overhaul.
Electronic voter registration will be the first step in Canada, although Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand is authorized to explore 'alternative voting methods'.
Michael Byers recently urged the Liberals and NDP to strike a one-time deal where each party would stand down from running candidates in ridings in which the other party placed higher. But his vote switching theory doesn't fly.
Former South African president Nelson Mandela visited Ottawa in May 1992. The honorary Canadian who helped end apartheid in his country died on Dec. 5 at 95 years old. Governor General David Johnston said, "When history speaks of the very best examples of humanity, we will speak of Nelson Mandela." He's pictured here with former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney.