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Liberal government may have just set its own electoral-reform promise ablaze

By Sarah Schmidt      

The weeks ahead may yield some surprises yet, and Canadians may finally get truly fair and democratic elections by 2019, as was promised to them. But if the tack taken last week by the government in response to the final report of the special parliamentary committee on electoral reform is any indication, I won’t hold my breath.

Members of the all-party Special Committee on Electoral Reform speak to the media on Dec. 1 after tabling its report, which recommended holding a national referendum on a proportional representation system. Bloc Québécois MP Luc Thériault; Conservative MP and vice-chair Scott Reid; Liberal MP and chair Francis Scarpaleggia; NDP and vice-chair MP Nathan Cullen; Green party leader Elizabeth May; and CBC reporter Elizabeth Thompson, moderator of the press conference. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

TORONTO—So this may be a first. A political party campaigns on a clear commitment to do something big and bold in a doable time frame. It gets elected because it made big and bold promises, including this one.

‘They’re really riled up here’: Conservatives circling Goodale’s lone Liberal seat in Saskatchewan

‘The numbers are holding very closely to what they were last time. It all depends on turnout,’ says the 31-year MP Ralph Goodale. 

Candidates scramble to outperform their competitors in the critical ground game ahead of next week’s election

News|By Abbas Rana
Liberal MP Ken Hardie says his team has set up get-out-the-vote ground operations in the riding to get all his supporters to the polling booths on election day.

Debt, deficit ‘not ballot booth issues’ for most Canadians: pollsters

Unlike in the last election, none of the major party leaders has promised to try and balance the budget within a four year mandate during this campaign.

If it’s a minority government, Liberals can stay in power even if Conservatives win more seats on Oct. 21, but could prompt public backlash

'Does that create a legitimacy question, for Trudeau to combine with Singh, or not? There’s no legal impediment to it,' says former CBC Parliament Hill bureau chief Elly Alboim.

Mendicino campaigning with Liberal stars as gun violence takes centre stage in Eglinton-Lawrence

There have been 26 shootings in the riding in this calendar year.

Tight contest between Liberals, Conservatives, lower voter turnout could benefit third parties, experts say

News|By Beatrice Paez
With a campaign that has been 'characterized by bickering' and personal attacks, and less about policy, turnout doesn’t appear poised to hit the same levels as the last election, says pollster Nik Nanos.

Trudeau’s Liberals outpacing Scheer’s Conservatives in Facebook ad spending

News|By Beatrice Paez
The Conservatives directed fewer ad dollars to Mr. Scheer’s page, funnelling 77 per cent of its spending to the national party page, compared to just 6.5 per cent to the leader’s profile.

NDP looking to capitalize on Singh swing to make federal breakthrough in Brampton East

With former Liberal Raj Grewal not in the running after his gambling scandal, the NDP are mounting a fierce campaign in party leader Jagmeet Singh’s home turf.

Tossed Tory candidate ‘changes everything,’ with two-way fight shaping up in Burnaby North-Seymour

Once viewed as a three-way race, Burnaby North-Seymour is now seen as a tight, two-way contest between the rookie Liberal incumbent and his experienced NDP challenger.
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