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Last updated: January 31, 2006


Barely mandated
  New Conservative government has weakest mandate in Canadian history.

Sam Bulte has indeed been a friend to artists.
  Sam Bulte has indeed been a friend to artists. by Christopher Moore

CAW's Hargrove calls on Opposition
  CAW's Hargrove calls on Opposition - Together, the three opposition parties can block Tory changes.

Strong NDP presence keeps Conservatives in check
  Strong NDP presence will keep Conservatives in check.

CWE reminds the new Conservative Government...
  CWE reminds the new Conservative Government... - Voters of Canada constructed a progressive House of Commons.

Blogs 1, Bulte 0
  Liberal Sarmite Bulte lost her seat after bloggers went after her over copyright and fundraising tactics - Rob Cottingham.

Something to cheer about -- more women MPs on the left!
  NDP rewarded for encouraing women candidates - Sheila White.

An E-Day call to action
  Call for a new progressive coalition similar to the Bolivian campaign - by Stewart Steinhauer.

Why environmentalists should NOT vote Green
  Consider the NDP the sustainable alternative - Nettie Wiebe and Don Kossick.

Stopwar.ca
  Stopwar.ca

Federal NDP has best corporate responsibility platform
  Federal NDP has best corporate responsibility platform

Party platforms — results vary for women
  Party platforms — results vary for women - Women directly bear the brunt of most policy decisions.

The beginning of the end
  The Conservative party has demonstrated from its origins in 2003 that it can't be trusted - David Orchard.

1147 promises from the five main parties...
  Yet, no guarantee offered by any party leader, and no pledges to pass "honesty-in-politics" law.

Let's dump "majority rules"
  What Canada really needs is electoral reform - Richard Shillington.

Parties playing musical chairs
  Liberals and Conservatives advocating policies they once rejected.

A BC MLA's view of this election
  A BC MLA's view of this election - Corky Evans.

Human security survey
  Human security survey - a five question yes/no survey was sent to MP candidates.

Islamic Congress condemns border treatment of prominent Imam
  Canadians urged to elect only candidates who support civil liberties and charter rights - CIC.

David Orchard speaks
  David Orchard speaks - "We may well be facing another Quebec referendum."

Writers Union election 2006 update
  Writers Union election 2006 update - Federal Party Platforms on arts & culture are now available online.

What will happen to our water?
  Canadians need to know Conservative position on bulk water exports - Council of Canadians.

Not our nation
  Open letter to all Canadian political parties and to Aboriginal leaders.

Call to all Canadian women
  What is the "real" choice when voting - Action Canada for Population and Development.

Politics is like Internet dating
  Politics is like Internet dating - Preparing an attractive written and photographic profile is the online dater's chance to make an impression. In the same way, politicians package themselves as attractively as possible - Bruce Schwartzentruber.

66 Economists deplore tax cuts
  Warn that failure to tax income trusts, dividends and capital gains will generate huge deficit in social services, while inequality grows - Vote for a Change.

Harper's position on Kyoto
  Harper's position on Kyoto: a tragedy for the planet - Conservatives would renege on Accord - Sierra Club Canada.

Conservatives lead by eight
  Conservatives lead by eight - NDP up in Ontario - CPAC-SES Tracking polling report, completed January 12 to 14.

Fight crime, legalize pot
  Fight crime, legalize pot

United Church Election Kit
  United Church Election Kit - Kit offers thoughtful, researched questions on a variety of issues.

Invest in the Canada we want
  The Vote for a Change Campaign is a nation-wide voter education campaign.

Make housing an election issue
  Governments should devote one percent of their budgets to housing - sponsored feature from the Centre for Social Justice.

Think twice on January 23
  ...in response to the predictions of a Conservative majority - Council of Canadians.

L’R des centres de femmes du Québec
 

Women's right to choose
  Women's right to choose - Demand from party leaders their position on abortion - CWE.

One-stop source to read candidates' blogs
  One-stop source to read candidates' blogs - Rob Cottingham.

NDP platform gets results for artists
  NDP platform gets results for artists - Includes support for Canada Council, film and television industries.

Dead heat: Martin and Harper internet popularity
  Dead heat: Martin and Harper internet popularity.

Egale grades party leaders on LGBT issues
  Egale grades party leaders on LGBT issues - Layton top, Harper bottom.

Conservatives 39, Liberals 30
  Conservatives 39, Liberals 30 - Conservatives lead by 11 points outside Quebec.

Federal debate on ethics and accountability issues
  Federal debate on ethics and accountability issues - Key questions are raised about trusting party leaders - Democracy Watch.

Health questions to ask your candidates
  Participate in the Canadian breast cancer election campaign! - Canadian Breast Cancer Network.

Private property vs people
  Council denounces Harpers desire to include property rights in Charter -Council of Canadians.

Concerned about women's inequality?
  Send an e-card to the party leaders and your local candidates today! - FAFIA.

Federal leaders ignore women
  Federal leaders ignore women - Health care, housing, child care, elimination of poverty issues need to be addressed - Coalition for Women's Equality.

Hedy versus Svend
  Hedy versus Svend - Liberals and NDP battle for queer vote in Vancouver Centre.

Parties answer questions on nukes
  NDP, Bloc & Greens Say Stop Subsidizing Ontario's Nuclear Reactors. Parties answer questions on nukes.

Another Liberal minority might make us queasy
  Another Liberal minority might make us queasy, but the alternative — Harper's CRAZY party — would surely embarrass us to death - Greg Felton.

Two weeks left in the campaign — polls update
  Two weeks left in the campaign — polls update - Martin — Harper — Layton tied on trust - CPAC-SES Tracking polling report, completed January 7 to 9.

Greenpeace questionnaire
  Conservatives didn't even bother to respond to the Greenpeace questionnaire.

Environment barely discussed
  Other issues are "backyard gossip" compared to environmental concerns.

Calling for Haitian peace and renewal
  Green Party calls for emergency review of Haiti policy.

NDP shows modest momentum
  Party support stands at Conservatives 34%, Liberals 32% — Harper and Martin statistically tied on other measures.

Sierra Club of Canada election survey questions
  Sierra Club of Canada election survey questions - Five political parties tackle questions on environmental issues.

How much does Canada spend on the military?
  How much does Canada spend on the military?

Questions for candidates
  Links to organizations with deep background on important issues. Questions for candidates.

Make poverty history
  Attend an event and discuss trade, justice, cancelling the debt, and ending child poverty in Canada and abroad.

Rolling up sleeves
  Time for voters to get serious about holding politicians' feet to the fire.

Federal election forum for seniors
  Federal election forum for seniors - Hedy and Svend face off on seniors' issues.

Canadian Islamic Congress (CIC) action alert
  Islamic Congress seeks to engage election 2006 voters through candidate grading report.

Conservatives 36 percent, Liberals 33 percent
  Martin and Harper statistically tied on best PM.

Lubicon band contest
  "Name Paul Martin's Hot Air Promise Balloon" contest offers $1000 prize.

Major Parties leave women's issues out
  CWE launches new edition of Still in Shock, a practical voter's tool highlighting key women's issues.

FOOD for Thought
  Farm policies ought to be debated in this election.

Martin and Harper now equally popular
  Martin and Harper now about equally popular - CPAC-SES tracking polling report for January election.

Voter cynicism and apathy
  Voter cynicism and apathy - Ivar Heissler.

NDP better than LIBs, Bloc but lag behind CONs
  Conservatives only party making comprehensive government accountability/democratic reform pledges in election campaign.

2006 Federal all-candidates meetings
  2006 Federal all-candidates meetings in Lower Mainland, British Columbia.

Liberals lead by six points...
  polling reports January 2006 election

On health care
  Stephen Harper doesn't walk the talk on public health care.

Revenue sharing debate complicated: Greens
  Green Party rep replies to Murray Dobbin's attack. by Mike Nickerson

Greens react to CP story
  Federal Green Party responds to allegations by filing a counter complaint. Green Party news release.

Green Party finances under investigation
  Elections Canada probes federal Green Party for possible financial violations. by Dennis Buekert, for CP.

Activist notebook contribution
  Activist notebook contribution - Fair Vote Canada.

The NDP regains some ground
 

Strategic voting always backfires: OFL
  OFL president warns members against strategic voting.

Election kit for charities
  IMPACS presents an election kit to help charities stay within the law and yet have an influence during the election.

End GST on books!
  Booksellers call for no GST on reading materials.

NDP losing ground
  SES poll finds NDP slide greatest in Ontario.

NDP and Bloc statistically tied nationally
  CPAC-SES Polling report for December 11

Layton improves on Leadership Index
  SES research election poll

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