The advance polls are done with a 71% increase in voter turnout compared to 2011. Now, all that’s left is to wait for Monday. The rest of us will get our chance to vote and find out who will be the returning/new Prime Minister of Canada. It kinda makes you wish they announced the winner like a prize fight. A vintage Howard Finkel “NEW” would go a long way here.
Anyway, it’s Wednesday (the last Wednesday before #elxn42) which means that we have to do the links. Let’s kick off with Brenda Song who I hadn’t heard of until now but that’s clearly an oversight.
“Stephen Harper is the last remnant of George W Bush in North America.” (The Guardian)
Stephen Harper wants to run on his economic record versus Justin Trudeau’s plan. History says that the Liberals are better for the economy. In fact, Harper is the second-worst Conservative PM in the last hundred years. (Bloomberg)
Be careful at the polls next week. Anything you might have heard about the Conservative’s voter suppression in 2011 might be under-reported. (Rabble)
A group of over 500 academic published an open letter condemning the negative attack ads and tactics employed by the Conservatives. (National Observer)
The election could come down to young voter turnout. If the under 35 crowd shows up to the polls, they could sweep the Liberals to power. (iPolitics)
You shouldn’t be surprised but there’s money to be made out of mass shootings. It’s the “school shooting industrial complex.” (Inverse)
If you’re Republican Party, you may not fear candidate Trump so much as you fear candidate Ben Carson. (Washington Post)
The first Democratic debate was last night. I’m sure I’ll have a recap on Sunday but for now, Penn Jillette says that Bernie Sanders is the only candidate with some sense. He’s not wrong. (Reason)
Hugh Hefner may be older than sliced bread (he actually is) but he’s been defeated by the modern world. The internet is killing nudes in Playboy. (New York Times)
The man who owned Google.com for a minute at the end of September got a cash reward from Google for his efforts. Not bad for a little clicking. (BBC)
CTV’s Robert Fife talks about the mood at Conservative campaign HQ and Stephen Harper’s increasingly irritable mood.
How do you make a good political ad? Mark Masters Burgener who is running against Stephen Harper in Calgary-Heritage has this one that’s pretty awesome.