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Why general elections are fought so intensely

General elections are when Canada's federal politicians 'come into heat.'

The defining characteristic of general elections in Canada is the high intensity of the inter-party competition for votes and seats. The stakes are very high—which team gains office—and power. The winner takes all. The next round is several years away. There are 308 separate, simultaneous contests, all conducted over a little more than five weeks. The "weapons" budget is limited, both locally and nationally, but there is room for innovation in the choice of those weapons. They don't call the campaign headquarters "war rooms" for nothing.

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Why general elections are fought so intensely

General elections are when Canada's federal politicians 'come into heat.'

The defining characteristic of general elections in Canada is the high intensity of the inter-party competition for votes and seats. The stakes are very high—which team gains office—and power. The winner takes all. The next round is several years away. There are 308 separate, simultaneous contests, all conducted over a little more than five weeks. The "weapons" budget is limited, both locally and nationally, but there is room for innovation in the choice of those weapons. They don't call the campaign headquarters "war rooms" for nothing.

  

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Devon Jacobs, right, with Monte Solberg and Jim Armour at the 2012 Manning Networking Conference.

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Devon Jacobs with Liberal MP Scott Simms.

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Devon Jacobs with former colleague Jim Patrick, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and Liberal MP Mauril Belanger at the 2013 all-party party.

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Devon Jacobs, centre, with Conservative MPs (from left) Susan Truppe, Colin Carrie, Ted Opitz, Lynne Yelich and Eve Adams.

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