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Today, Canadian PM Stephen Harper asked the Governor General to dissolve Parliament and begin one of the LONGEST campaigns in Canadian history.

The 42nd Canadian general election, to elect members to the House of Commons of Canada of the 42nd Parliament of Canada, is scheduled to occur on October 19, 2015.

The Canadian Parliament is very similar (ok maybe exactly) to the United Kingdom's. There are two houses, the Upper House is the appointed Senate and the Lower House is the elected House of Commons. The House of Commons is the one with all of the power. They're responsible for creating legislation. The Senate reviews the legislation and rarely opposes the HoC. The Crown, AKA the old lady Elizabeth II who resides in the UK (seriously Canada?), is then responsible for giving the "Royal Assent" for the legislation to be made into law.

All 338 seats of the House of Commons are up for contention. A 170 seats are required for a majority government. That means if the winning party (the one with the most seats) does not win the 170 required seats, they have to form a minority government. A minority government would require the winning party to form a coalition with other parties in order to pass or meet the 170 required seats. For example, if Party A won 150 seats and they win the election, they can team up with Party B who has 20 seats to form a minority government. Failure to form a government would result in another election (fun).


The (Main) Parties:

Conservative Party (The Harper Party)
Leader: Stephen Harper (this dumb ass again)
Status: Majority Government
American Equivalent: Conservative Democrats or Liberal Republicans

Also known as the Tories (immediate red flag for those who live in the UK), the Conservatives are a centre-right party lead by Stephen Harper. The party is fiscally on the right but is more centrist on social issues. The party seems to be split on social issues as one half is in favor of social reform while the other wants to keep Canada in the 1960's. Stephen Harper managed to become the dictator of the party by throwing all opposition under the bus and forcing everyone in the party to do his bidding. Harper is well disliked in Canada for acting like an American politician (George W Bush) and trying to turn Canada into America's bitch (cough UK).

New Democratic Party (Commie Party)
Leader: Thomas Mulcair
Status: Official Opposition
American Equivalent: Bernie Sanders

The NDP is the socialist (well it used to be), social democratic party of Canada. Usually the smallest party, it found major success in the last election when it received the status of Opposition for the first time in its history when it broke the two party gridlock between the Conservatives and the Liberals (at the expense of the Bloc Quebecois). Their new leader, Mulcair, has been removing references of socialism from the party's platform for the upcoming election and moved the party closer to the center. So now the NDP is basically running on the slogan of "a bit more leftist than the Liberals!"

Liberal Party (Canada's "Natural" Governing Party)
Leader: Justin Trudeau
Status: Third largest party
American Equivalent: Progressive Democrats

The Liberal Party is a centrist party and one of the oldest parties in Canada. They've been in power 80 of the 110 years between 1896 to 2006. Don't let that fool you though, they're right up there with the Conservatives in arrogance and dumb assery. They were butt rammed by the NDP in the last election and were demoted to the third largest party for the first time in their history. Under the new leadership of Justin Trudeau (his perks being the son of Pierre Trudeau and being good looking), the party is now trying to position itself as left wing in order to stop the NDP and dethrone the Harper Party.

Bloc Quebecois (Official We Hate Canada Party)
Leader: Gilles Duceppe (blasted Frenchie)
Status: Tied with 2 other parties for fourth largest party
American Equivalent: Angry Southern rednecks who want to succeed from the US

Bloc Quebecois is a pro-Quebec sovereignty party that wants Quebec to be an independent, French-speaking nation. These anti-bilingual pricks are slightly leftist but they're mainly all about Quebecois independence. The party was actually the Official Opposition at one point during the 1990s and nearly succeeded in pushing for independence in 1995. The party was eradicated by the NDP in the last election, reducing them to only 2 seats. The party is likely dead unless they somehow stage a miracle in four years, as the Quebecois seem willing to put aside the question of separation for now.

Green Party (Treef*ckers Party)
Leader: Elizabeth May
Status: Tied for fourth largest party
American Equivalent: Green Party, duh

Your average Green Party. Also known for having extreme anti-GMO, radiophobic and several other pseudoscience positions.

Strength in Democracy (Official We Sort of Hate Canada? Party)
Leader: Jean-François Fortin (another damn Frenchie)
Status: Tied for fourth largest party
American Equivalent: Angry Southern rednecks who don't want to succeed from the US

Literally the Bloc Quebecois, but supposedly they don't want to succeed from Canada.
Posted 8/2/15
i hope maple syrup wins
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lol.. succeed from canada when your literally smack dab in the middle of it. Ok Quebec, calm down now.
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This is going to be an interesting election. The PC party has been in power long enough, particularly given that it's been Harper as PM (and that the general belief is Canada is a Liberal leaning country overall) that public opinion has definitely swung to the negative. The Liberals, however, are now led by Trudeau and opinion on him is mixed between him not being ready to govern and long term hate for his father. This leaves the NDP in a very strong position.. but their huge gains in the last election were tied to heavily to the powerhouse that was Jack Layton as opposed to the current leader Mulcair. At this early juncture, I think it's damn near impossible to call a winner or even a real front runner.
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Longest election? They all seem intermatable.
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Well as someone who follows politics quite regularly, I have no fucking clue to which of the big three parties I'm going to vote for this year. I mean obviously you can forget Harper, so I suppose it's between a party I like but leader I don't have confidence in, or a leader I have confidence but don't trust the party with a federal economy.
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i honestly don't get how people actually get into THESE types of politics, i honestly find them so boring
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I always cheer for the Commies.
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Posted 8/3/15
Where is the "Maple Leaf" party?
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Posted 8/3/15

ayesharocks wrote:

i honestly don't get how people actually get into THESE types of politics, i honestly find them so boring


Sure, this stuff is boring, but unless you keep a bit of an eye on it, it's hard to make an informed choice...of course the choices are rather lacking but that's nothing new.
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A new party is needed one for the sole purpose of enacting proportional representation,(parties are elected on the basis of what proportion of the popular vote ie: Liberals 25% then 25% of the seats). That way unlike the first past the post system,(current system), you don't get a government like the Conservatives governing with only 30% of the popular vote.
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tenchi22 wrote:

A new party is needed one for the sole purpose of enacting proportional representation,(parties are elected on the basis of what proportion of the popular vote ie: Liberals 25% then 25% of the seats). That way unlike the first past the post system,(current system), you don't get a government like the Conservatives governing with only 30% of the popular vote.


Or you could ditch the system completely and switch to the single transferable vote (STV) system.
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LONGNAMEYOUWONTMISS wrote:


tenchi22 wrote:

A new party is needed one for the sole purpose of enacting proportional representation,(parties are elected on the basis of what proportion of the popular vote ie: Liberals 25% then 25% of the seats). That way unlike the first past the post system,(current system), you don't get a government like the Conservatives governing with only 30% of the popular vote.


Or you could ditch the system completely and switch to the single transferable vote (STV) system.


Sounds good but a lot more difficult to explain.
We're talking Canadian voters here; been buying the same horse shit for almost 150 years.
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Posted 8/3/15
apparently a test i took in one of my classes said im a liberal

but im not into politics so idk
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Posted 8/3/15 , edited 8/3/15
Bellow is a youtube video on stv voting, very short just two minutes long
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLH_w5kHJpA
and a more in depth one seven minutes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8XOZJkozfI
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