Posts Tagged ‘elections’

‘With Canadian neoliberalism safe in parliament, real progress must come from the streets’..

October 26, 2019

Canada has not avoided the deep sense of grievance and the political volatility that decades of austerity have generated across the world and the recent federal election here expressed those tensions. When the dust settled, Justin Trudeau’s Liberals had managed to hold on to power. However, they dropped 29 seats and retained only 157, losing their overall majority. Their main rival, the Conservatives, on the other hand, gained 23 seats and actually led in the popular vote. The political forces at work in this election will play out in the period ahead and they are worth taking a look at.

https://www.counterfire.org/news/20640-trudeau-clings-to-power

As Trudeau Clings to Power, Progressives in Canada Celebrate Victory of ‘Green New Deal Squad’..

October 23, 2019

Now, said Naomi Klein, his Liberal party “will be pushed by a new squad of climate champions—on the inside and outside—demanding a #GreenNewDeal.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/10/22/trudeau-clings-power-progressives-canada-celebrate-victory-green-new-deal-squad

Across Canada, challenges await Justin Trudeau..

October 23, 2019

OTTAWA—Justin Trudeau’s minority Liberal government victory has watered the seeds of major unity troubles in Canada’s East and West.

And the looming challenges may prove difficult for Trudeau to contain.

https://www.thestar.com/politics/federal/2019/10/22/across-canada-challenges-await-justin-trudeau.html

Trudeau should now work with NDP and Greens on a progressive agenda..

October 23, 2019

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s plea for progressives to vote strategically — echoed by many voices on social media — appeared to work on election day.

Trudeau will remain prime minister, with a strong minority of seats in the House — 157, thirteen short of a majority — even though his party dropped by six points, to second place in the popular vote.

The Liberals lost seats in almost every part of the country, with the significant exception of Ontario. The unpopular Doug Ford Conservative government in Ontario helped win the election for Trudeau’s federal Liberals.

http://rabble.ca/news/2019/10/trudeau-should-now-work-ndp-and-greens-progressive-agenda

Canada’s election results in seven graphics..

October 23, 2019

Justin Trudeau prevailed in Canada’s election on Monday, defeating Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer. The Liberals won the most seats but fell short of a second majority government.

How each party did riding by riding, gains and losses and results by province:

https://www.thestar.com/politics/federal/2019/10/22/election-night-results-the-complete-picture.html

Trudeau faces rough road as Canada’s minority parties lay out their conditions..

October 22, 2019

After eking out a win in the first major test of his popularity since sweeping to power in 2015, Justin Trudeau was given his first taste of minority government on Tuesday, as rival party leaders begin laying out their conditions for the Liberal leader to remain as Canada’s prime minister.

“Everything is on the table,” Jagmeet Singh, the leader of the leftwing New Democratic party, told reporters.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/oct/22/justin-trudeau-canada-minority-parties-conditions

Trudeau could — and should — govern even if Scheer wins more seats..

October 17, 2019

We are heading for an election result that could look a lot like that of 1972.

That was Pierre Trudeau’s second election. Like his son, Trudeau-père had won a big majority the first-time round, in 1968. His slogan in 1972 was “the land is strong” but his result was not strong. The Liberal prime minister lost his majority and ended up just two seats ahead of Robert Stanfield’s Progressive Conservatives. The NDP held the balance of power with 31 seats.

Now, in 2019, the slogan for Canadians who consider themselves to be progressive could be: “the land is apprehensive.”

http://rabble.ca/news/2019/10/trudeau-could-and-should-govern-even-if-scheer-wins-more-seats

New poll shows NDP ‘surge’ and major bump in approval for Jagmeet Singh..

October 17, 2019

The New Democratic Party and its leader Jagmeet Singh are making big gains in popular support and favourability in the final days of the campaign, a new poll suggests.

The latest telephone survey from Forum Research shows a significant boost in voting intentions for the NDP from a similar poll the firm conducted nine days earlier — a jump from 12 per cent to 20 per cent among decided voters.

https://www.thestar.com/politics/federal/2019/10/17/new-poll-shows-ndp-surge-and-major-bump-in-approval-for-jagmeet-singh.html

POLITICO Pro Canada: Canada’s stark immigration divide..

October 15, 2019

— A POLITICO/Abacus Data poll points to a stark partisan divide over immigration. Supporters of left-leaning parties agree immigrants “strengthen” Canada, while supporters of right-leaning parties call them a “burden” on the country.

https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/15/politico-pro-canada-canadas-stark-immigration-divide-046874

Action on climate means breaking the cycle of Liberal-Conservative governments..

October 15, 2019

A Canadian society divided by gender, two main languages, region, social class, nation, and ancestral origin relies on political parties to take its differences and broker them into a coherent approach.

In election 2019, Canada is characterized by divisions that none of the parties are able to overcome to the satisfaction of enough voters to produce a majority government — which only Liberals or Conservatives have managed in the past.

Across Canada in this campaign, Liberals, Conservatives, and New Democrats have to contend with the Green party as well as each other. The Bloc Québécois is a renewed force in Quebec.

With only two to three percentage points of support, breakaway Conservative Maxime Bernier and his People’s Party of Canada (PPC) threaten to prevent Andrew Scheer and his Conservatives from winning some close races.

http://rabble.ca/columnists/2019/10/action-climate-means-breaking-cycle-liberal-conservative-governments