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Poll Shows Harper Trailing In 7 Key BC Ridings

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1With only five days left until the election, a new poll commissioned by the Dogwood Initiative shows the NDP losing the lead it had only a month ago, while both the Conservatives and Liberals surging ahead. Mario Canseco, of the market research company Insights West, says “it is a very close race,” but the poll shows Harper trailing in 7 key BC Ridings.

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Why Voters Readily Accept Misinformation

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The Conservative party’s campaign video “The Interview” is essentially character assassination. The plot for this attack on Justin Trudeau’s competence was lifted from an old NDP attack ad (“Job Interview”) against the former leader of Manitoba’s Conservatives. The similarities between the two videos starts with their titles and finishes with their closing lines. The Conservative pr people added some new touches. Ignoring the fact Trudeau was a math teacher, the actors portray him as financially inept. They also make the ludicrous remark that the Prime Minister’s office is not an entry level job. (Trudeau was raised in a very political family, has been an MP since 2007 and Leader of the Liberal party since 2013.) Despite this, a fairly large number of Canadians appear to be deceived by this propaganda piece. Max Cameron from the department of political science at UBC explained why voters readily accept misinformation.

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How the 2015 Election Will Change Canada

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Future generations will probably look upon this upcoming election as a turning point in our nation’s history. Prior to the advent of Stephen Harper, few Canadians realized the degree to which our country is an elected dictatorship. With the support of a mere 39% of the population, the Prime Minister can rip up carefully prepared environmental legislation and trample on the rights of major cities like Vancouver and Burnaby. Observing the extent to which Harper’s Conservatives are attempting to transform Canada into a Petro-state, some may ask if they are simply corporate shills. History will undoubtedly be kinder, as their true motivations come to light.  It is never-the-less time to examine how the 2015 election will change Canada.  Continue reading How the 2015 Election Will Change Canada

NDP Leading In A Three Way Race

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1If the latest Ipsos Poll is any indication, it is easy to see why Prime Minister Stephen Harper does not want Elizabeth May to take part in another debate. The only parties to make any gains were the Liberals and Greens, though most polls show the NDP leading in a three way race.

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BC May Determine The Outcome

Canada Heads Into An October 19 Election

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The race is on. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has asked the Governor General to dissolve Parliament early, to launch what is expected to be the most expensive election in Canadian history. “Upwards of $700 million” could be spent on this campaign and a large chunk of the contributions to all parties will be claimed as tax deductions. According to Dr Maxwell Cameron, from UBC’s Department of Political Science, BC may determine the outcome.

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What do the Conservatives Stand For?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Watching Collin Carrie, the Federal Parliamentary Secretary, reply to questions about the Site C dam on December 4 (click here to watch it on Global news) , one cannot help but think how far the old Reform Party has fallen. One of their central tenants – enshrined in their name – was bringing democratic reform to the senate.  The idea of an elected senate belongs to a more idealistic era. It disappeared after they joined with the old Conservative party and Stephen Harper became the leader. What do the Conservatives stand for?

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Harper could lose the next Election if Energy is the Key Issue

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1A recent poll has bad news for the fossil fuel industry. It does not look good for the Conservative party’s chances in the next election either. Primer Minister Stephen Harper’s “environmental” policies have drawn much criticism, especially in BC, where municipalities, First Nations and environmental groups are fighting against the imposition of two oil sands pipelines. According to a Nanos poll, 62% of Canadians see protecting the environment as more important than the price of energy. Harper could lose the next election if energy is the key issue.

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