It’s Election Day in Canada. That doesn’t have as good a ring as Hockey Day in Canada but there’s probably a reason why they don’t have elections in Canada on Saturdays. Between kids playing at the local rink and families watching on TV, hockey might get in the way of democracy. Today, though, it’s all about finding the next Prime Minister in one of the most hotly contested and bitter campaigns in Canadian history.
Before you vote, we have some last minute links to help you if you need it.
If you want to see how your views stack up against the rest of the parties, try Vote Compass. It took me like ten or fifteen minutes and gave me a pretty clear top and bottom ranking (the other two tied, actually). (Vote Compass)
Or if you’d rather get a crash course in where everyone stands, MacLean’s has a summary of the major issues and policies. You may want to read that Taxes primer because one party has a middle-class tax cut and it isn’t the blue guys. (MacLean’s)
And just in case you need some info on where to go or what to bring to the polls today. Elections Canada has you covered. (Elections.ca)
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is being called an economic boon by the CPC. What they aren’t telling you is all the technology provisions in the TPP that will put your privacy at risk and the intellectual property restrictions that could cost the economy millions of dollars. (Michael Geist)
Stephen Harper initially ran with a plan to clean up politics. With major scandal after major scandal that would fell any other world leader happening on his watch, can he manipulate the campaign one last time to remain in power? (The Guardian)
Former Newfoundland Premier Danny Williams talks about his limited experience with PM Harper. It was limited because Harper didn’t really want to deal with the provincial leaders. (Toronto Star)
Is the environment a big issue to you? Environmental laws have been hammered over the last four years. (DeSmog)
World-renowned campaign adviser Lynton Crosby has abandoned the Conservative campaign in the last couple of days. So if you’ve wondered why the Conservative campaign has changed in the last week, this might be the cause. (National Observer)
For being anti-drugs and anti-crime, Stephen Harper is campaigning with Rob Ford for some reason. (iPolitics)
All is fair in love and war. Politics is certainly war. So is it fair that Conservative campaign workers in Brampton were caught destroying NDP and Liberal signs? (CBC News)
John Oliver spent 15 minutes of Last Week Tonight doing a feature story on the Canadian election and why you shouldn’t vote for Stephen Harper under penalty of a $5,000 fine.
Canadian cultural icon explains why he’s voting for Justin Trudeau and fact-checks some of the talking points against him.
And here’s Rick Mercer’s final rant before the election.