Friday, April 29, 2011 - 9:21pm

by Alice Klien

Who’s complaining about polling now? The polls have been wild and crazy, but they’re revolutionizing this election. So what’s the message in the madness?

First and foremost, hats off to Quebec. She just can’t seem to help herself. It looks like she just might rescue Canada – again.

Remember, last time out it was Quebec that mostly saved us from a 2008 Harper majority. And it happened poetically. Francophone artists went viral and turned the tide. Once Quebeckers realized that Harper scoffed at the arts, a worrisome flirtation was off and the Conservatives stalled at the same 10 seats they got in 2006. The rest is history.

Friday, April 29, 2011 - 8:12pm

Change is possible in this election, but only if we all show up.

Project Democracy, Lead Now, and Open Media have joined to create a simple site where you can find your poll and then make voting social in the last days of the campaign.

This was supposed to be a boring election. Apparently Canadians didn’t get the message.

It’s incredible that turn-out at advanced polls was up 34% over the last election - now all signs are pointing to a major shift in Canadian politics.
People like you are changing this election.

In the last days of the campaign it all comes down to this: who can bring the most friends on May 2nd?

Friday, April 29, 2011 - 12:43pm

by George Elliott Clarke

The Harper Conservatives are not Canadian Conservatives. They are U.S. Republicans in Tim Horton's photo-ops.

If you opposed what George Bush did to America (i.e., ruined it), you cannot support the Harper Republican program for Canada. Tax cuts for the rich, prisons for the poor, and war for foreign policy, is no practical program for a great, good, and decent country on the face of this earth.

The proof of just how bad Harper is, is his war against Parliamentary supremacy; his acts of outright contempt for OUR Parliament – and, thus, by extension, for us. When President Nixon tried such maneouvres and shenanigans in the U.S., he was forced to resign from office. And Bush's Republicans were trounced in 2008.

Friday, April 29, 2011 - 12:23pm

Project Democracy helps progressive Canadian voters identify who the best candidate in their riding is to defeat the Harper Conservative. In order to do this responsibly, Project Democracy is careful to include as much riding level information as possible where national polling data is not enough to paint a clear picture. For this reason, recently commissioned public opinion polling in eight hard-to-call ridings.

Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 5:09pm

Esteemed constitutional scholar author and University of Toronto professor emeritus Peter Russell has added his name to its list of supporters with this important statement.

"This is the most important federal election in my life time. What is at stake is nothing less than parliamentary democracy. If the electorate rewards Mr. Harper with a majority it will mean that he will be able to operate as a presidential prime minister without the check and balance of congress. It will also mean that two out of five Canadians think very little of the need to hold government accountable to parliament. Mr. Harper has reduced parliamentary debate to "bickering" and the role of parliament in the formation of government to irrelevant constitutional stuff. I hope and pray that the parties of parliamentarians win a majority next Monday."


Peter H. Russell is a professor emeritus of political science at the University of Toronto where he taught from 1958-1997. Considered one of Canada's most respect political scientists, Russell was Director of Research for the McDonald Commission on the RCMP, a member of the Federal Task Force on Comprehensive Land Claims, and President of the Canadian Political Science Association. He chaired the Research Advisory Committee for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. His recent publications include articles on constitutional politics, judicial independence, and Aboriginal peoples. He is the author of Two Cheers for Minority Government: The Evolution of Canadian Parliamentary Democracy.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 6:30pm

It won’t be a surprise to anyone that there are some ridings where it is simply impossible to use regional polling results to deciper which party/candidate has the best shot at besting the Conservative candidate. This becomes especially challenging when the polls aren’t consistent, a situation which is putting a lot more ridings into question.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 2:48pm

by Henry Mintzberg

To the young people of Canada. This is your country. Will you help us leave to you intact, as one of the most humane places in the world? Or will you not bother to vote, and so cede it to the politics of greed? How about instead creating a little Tahrir Square, just like Cario's, right here in Canada?

This election is theatre: ignore the campaigns and the promises (which are just attempts to bribe us with our own money). What matters is what the people who are elected can and will do. And that is best judged by what they have done.

What the Conservatives have done suggests that, with a majority, our most cherished institutions, Medicare, the CBC, and others will be threatened. As a prominent minister was overheard just after the 2006 election, "If we get a majority, they won't recognize this country."

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 8:49am

All day long we will be tweeting our strategic picks to stop Conservative wins in ridings where vote splitting could ca be a factor.

Stay tuned to our Twitter feed throughout the day to see each of our picks.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 5:56am

There is clearly a sea change happening out there.  We have seen a week of sustained growth for the NDP with an unprecedented surge in Quebec. New, interesting, important polls are rolling in fast and furious, but they aren't all saying the same thing.  Plugging EKOS' data into our model yields very different results than running Nanos' numbers.  And none of them take strategic voting into account. 

But Project Democracy is not about making seat projections -- we leave that to the pundits. Seat projections can inspire or deflate but we'll stick to our task -- protecting our democracy by providing riding-level information for how to cast a strategic vote where it can possibly avoid a Harper victory. 

We reviewed our ridings and updated picks on Monday and Tuesday, and will do so again as information warrants.  Thanks to the generosity of Project Democracy users, we are also doing some local polling in 'hard to call' ridings and will share results as soon as they are available. More funds would help us poll more ridings and get that info out, so please donate today at in mind that races where Conservatives are safe or not in danger of winning we do not ask people to consider voting strategically.   

Check your riding to see if a strategic vote will make a difference, and get out to the polls on May 2! 

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 4:43am