Canadian Federal Election

The writ has dropped. Or... whatever. Less that two years after Canada's last federal election (previously), Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has decided to try converting his minority government into a majority in the middle of a pandemic.
The Conservative Party of Canada, under new leader Erin O'Toole, appears to have decided on poorly conceived trolling as its campaign strategy.

The Green Party, under new leader Annamie Paul, has been busy tearing itself apart over the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Jagmeet Singh, on his second election as New Democratic Party leader, has been Tik-Toking.

The People's Party of Canada, which has no seats in the House of Commons, continues its tradition of standing up for dumb, anti-social ideas.

The Bloc, in its second election under Yves-François Blanchet, will be trying to hold steady after chumminess and money for childcare has earned points for Trudeau with Quebec's popular premier.

The CBC's poll tracker is giving Trudeau a coin flip chance of getting the majority government he desires.

Maclean's reports on which emotion-provoking brand words Canadians associate with each party.

posted by clawsoon (45 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

Trudeau is an oil money prime minister so we are F***ed.
posted by Jane the Brown at 8:55 AM on August 15 [2 favorites]

The strategy worked well for Horgan in BC.
posted by Keith Talent at 9:12 AM on August 15 [2 favorites]

Incidentally this dumps the early voting days right around the high holidays again -- I haven't checked to see the exact timing and wonder if it's the same problem as last time.
posted by jeather at 9:18 AM on August 15

well, damn…doubt my ex-pat mail ballot will get to me in time
posted by mollymillions at 9:47 AM on August 15

I guess I should do this in Ask, but any idea whether a Canadian who has lived abroad for a long number of years and is currently a resident of Spain can vote? I seem to remember that there was some 5y limit before, but there was talk of removing it?
posted by jpziller at 1:14 PM on August 15 [1 favorite]

(and to point out how Canadian the above vote compass is, when it asks your religion, one of the drop-down options is Raelian)
posted by thecjm at 4:06 PM on August 15 [2 favorites]

Justin is seeming very much as savvy as his father, Pierre.
posted by srboisvert at 4:16 PM on August 15

I tended to live in Liberal strong holds when I was in Montreal or Toronto, and far right canadiates in small town Albera (Reform, back in the day) I am now having a fairly far left candiate, I find him a little smug, and a little disingeious, b ut he does the work (Green, in Hamilton Center), and I'm not exhausted and ashamed to vote for him.
posted by PinkMoose at 4:25 PM on August 15

i am exhausted by Singh's performative hipness tho
posted by PinkMoose at 4:28 PM on August 15

I'm curious, PinkMoose, what strikes you as performatively hip about Jagmeet Singh? (This isn't meant to be hostile--although he doesn't come across to me that way at all, I do acknowledge he's not everyone's cup of tea.)
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 4:54 PM on August 15 [1 favorite]

I can see how some of his TikTok videos would read as performatively hip. I'm not sure where cruising on a longboard ranks on the Stockwell-Day-On-A-Jet-Ski scale, but it'd be on there somewhere if the press decided to use it. Probably okay as long as he resists the urge to roll up to a press conference on his new board.
posted by clawsoon at 5:02 PM on August 15

Please find a way to point out to all the boomers in your life, that Erin O’Toole is a year YOUNGER than Justin Trudeau. (I'm NDP but will vote for any non-conservative)
posted by bonobothegreat at 5:07 PM on August 15 [3 favorites]

He is not. I refuse to believe that.
posted by jeather at 5:18 PM on August 15

Im mostly talking about the tik toks. I don;t want my ppliticans to be well liked, or engraitate themselves, I want a certain amount of gravistas and solid policiy choices.
posted by PinkMoose at 5:53 PM on August 15

And yet, tik tok is a great platform to reach younger voters. And yet, many who bemoan the use of tik tok likely whine about "millennials" etc. not voting.
posted by Ahmad Khani at 6:01 PM on August 15 [1 favorite]

i am at the edge of millenial, and have not lost an election, i think young folks in my circle (which is a very unusual circle) view it as patronizing.
posted by PinkMoose at 6:03 PM on August 15

Thanks for the explanation, PinkMoose. I admit I have not seen his TikToks but then I am not the target audience for them.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 6:10 PM on August 15

Today was a beach day for me, so I was blissfully unaware that the election had actually been called. Driving home around dinnertime, there were already blue signs lining highway 6. The Conservatives around here moved fast.
posted by Capt. Renault at 6:35 PM on August 15

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