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Both Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, and Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer, left, spent the Thanksgiving weekend stumping on the dangers of not electing their respective parties to a majority government. But strategic voting isn’t an actual strategy for political change, write Erica Ifill and Amy Kishek. Photographs courtesy of Twitter

Pass on the gaslighting, and ignore parties’ petty strategic vote scare tactics

Opinion|By Amy Kishek, Erica Ifill
What strategic voting will result in is a U.S.-style, two-party system, where the Liberals and Conservatives benefit from gaslighting Canadians into voting for them.
Opinion|By Terrance Hunsley
It would make for better elections if we could focus on a small set of consistent national goals, and achieve those goals.
Opinion|By Greg Lyle
The carbon price is a risky ballot question for the Liberals, opposing Doug Ford and Jason Kenney is not.
Opinion|By Brian N. Forbes
The next government in power after Oct. 21 must seize the moment and satisfy the financial needs of Canadian veterans and their dependants.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
It is most certainly a step in the right direction to have a third-party body organize debates. However, hopefully they will learn some lessons after this first experience.
Opinion|By Les Whittington
It’s hard to know if Andrew Scheer is using this kind of personal demonization and misinformation because he sees it as vital to his populist-oriented appeal or if he’s just reading the script he’s been handed.
Opinion|By Andrew Caddell
There is much to be done to show respect for francophones outside Quebec, in the same way the Quebec government should respect its anglophone citizens and visitors.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The political wince-o-meter that once delineated interesting from incriminating is busted. The results are about what you’d expect.
Hill Times Columnists

Indigenous peoples want representation. We want a government that not only can deal with different perspectives, we want a government that values diversity.
On the surface, it appears to be an open and shut case of simple betrayal on the part of the Donald. However, let’s start adding some context and modern history to the equation.
The bottom line is that when you are literally one turkey dinner away from the vote, the last thing Andrew Scheer needs is public speculation about who will replace him when he loses.
So while science, a new generation, this particular moment, popularity, and history are all on Elizabeth May’s side, the electoral cards are stacked against her. It will take a truly mighty wave to carry her, and her message, to an influential position in our next Parliament.
Even if terrorism is a rare event—we have officially been at medium on a five-point threat scale since 2014—we still call upon CSIS and the RCMP to investigate such threats and to neutralize them.
Opinion|Greg Lyle
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was picked most often as the debate winner in poll of Canadians, but Bloc Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet's second-place ranking could be more meaningful.
Canada would not be in this quagmire if politicians had followed the rule of law and not created the NVC in 2005, and modernized the World War II Veterans Charter War Veterans Act to support Canadian Forces.
Opinion|Tim Gray
If the oil lobby gets its wish list, one sector currently responsible for seven per cent of Canadian GDP and 1.5 per cent of Canadian employment would be using 60 per cent of Canada’s 2030 carbon budget under Paris Agreement commitments.
Drive-by smears disguised as news, and substance evasion by most candidates, but the PM in particular, suggest that the decisive feature of this election may be low voter turnout.
Opinion|Joe Jordan
Imagine you wake up the morning after the election and no political party has won a clear minority, but the Conservatives have the most seats. So, who's in charge?
Opinion|David Crane
Sustained productivity growth is the key to improved living standards. Investing in innovation is key to boosting productivity.
Opinion|Tim Powers
While Doug Ford may be using Election 2019 to redefine his identity, Canadians are looking to figure out who the real Justin Trudeau is, and why Andrew Scheer looked to inflate his own resume.
Hill Times Columnists

Social media has become a key way to connect with voters, with Instagram in particular as the main platform to engage with younger people whose votes may be up for grabs.
We must also consider the possibility that the whole thing has been a charade, masterminded by the Russians, to get the Americans out of Syria and restore Syrian government control over all of eastern Syria. 
The campaign will ultimately come down to which is more formidable, Conservative cash or Justin Trudeau’s cachet.
We now have mixed generations of leaders and political activists who are masters in political marketing, audience segmentation, and voter targeting. Many are feeling we are lesser for it.
Whatever dirt he has on Justin Trudeau, the CPC leader can thank his lucky stars that the current dog-and-pony show hasn’t become the Integrity Election. If it had, he might have needed that insurance broker’s licence after all.
As Canada contributes 1.5 per cent of global greenhouse gases, our efforts alone can't tip the global needle. But we can become innovators and exporters of ideas, goods, and services to make a difference.
Opinion|Scott Taylor
While U.S. President Trump appears to have failed in his attempt to 'solicit interference,' the transcript of his conversation with the Ukrainian president has certainly revealed his true character.
What the future of work means for human resources strategies, pay and benefits, and labour protections are all consequences that we should be talking about—but aren't.
As Ottawans make progress in preventing an eyesore addition to the capital’s iconic Château Laurier hotel, local artist Shirley Van Dusen (yes, relation) ponders the beauty of a favourite subject.
Opinion|Lori Turnbull
There is at least one factor that the SNC-Lavalin affair and the blackface photos have in common: these are about Justin Trudeau, not the Liberals.
The next time a candidate is in the news for something inappropriate they did and said in the past, keep it in political context and ask yourself if the candidate actually represents the positions of their party.
Justin Trudeau still does not want us to know the full circumstances surrounding his former attorney general’s demotion in cabinet and subsequent resignation over his handling of the Montreal engineering giant.
Sec. 91 has been re-designed to cast a wider net; it’s so wide, in fact, it will now catch individuals who post 'false' news, even if those individuals who posted that news did so in good faith, believing it was true.
Hill Times Columnists

Growing economic anxiety powers populism, begets anger and cynicism and has people searching for answers on what are usually seen as the extremes of policy.
With elections being messed with in ways democracies are just beginning to fight, maybe protecting the process itself should be the ballot question.
In spite of the media focus on the leaders’ campaigns, we do not have a presidential system in this country. We elect a cabinet, not a king.
Ottawa, stop embracing the past. Stop celebrating fluff. Consider the possibilities of 2019 and beyond.
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