Things Canadians should know about the 2015 Federal elections – Canada’s Federal election comes at a time of domestic and global uncertainty, with Canadians expressing concern over the environment, economic growth, civil liberties, increasing terror threats, and the potential return of Rob Ford. Fortunately, there are a number of political parties campaigning to address these very concerns.
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In an attempt to get their message across and persuade voters to generously donate, all major political parties have been flooding social media with campaign advertisements. And although these advertisements may be well intended, a few in particular have attracted the attention of Canadians for all the wrong reasons. For instance, the Conservative attack ads targeting the Liberals and NDP have been chastised for focusing on personality and not the issues, whilst the Liberals’ latest advertisement had people asking less questions about the state of the economy and more questions on how Justin Trudeau managed to walk up the wrong escalator.
Trivial matters aside, this election could prove to be one of the most important and contested elections in Canada’s history. Because of that, it’s critical all Canadians become adequately informed and vote. This article will highlight the crucial factors that many Canadians may not know about this election, from the implications of the Fair Elections Act to the new rules in regards to campaign spending limits and how much money individuals can donate to their favored party.
10. Longest Election Campaign in Canadian History
The law in Canada states that an election campaign must run for at least 37 days but doesn’t set a maximum length. Taking advantage of this law, the Harper administration announced on August 2 the beginning of the longest election campaign in Canadian history. This 11-week ideological battle has already been running for a month and still has another month and a half to go. Opinions on the early election call have been mixed, with government critics arguing it gives the Conservatives a huge advantage and others arguing it gives undecided voters more time to research and make their minds.
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