Election 2015

For the first half of the Fall Semester, the country will be in the midst of an election campaign. Many of my students will be eligible to vote for the first time in their lives. Many of them (many of you!) may not even be aware of how to vote. You’ll want to know where to go, what kind of identification you’ll need to present, but also you’ll want to know something about the candidates in your riding. You might want to know the basics–what is a riding? How does someone become a candidate? Who is the youngest candidate ever elected? Oldest? FirstTimeVoter_600px

For this reason, in all of my classes there will be an assignment associated with the election. To earn marks towards this assignment, you may either post something here, or make a 1-2 minute announcement in class. Postings must:

Have a title

Be 50-100 words in length about a topic that has not yet been covered. (You are responsible for reading through the posts here to ensure that your topic/question/issue hasn’t been covered. No points for repeats!)

Include a link (hyperlinked please, maximum 3), towards which interested students can go to find out more, and which proves the statement you’ve made.

Have your first and last name, your class, your section number


How to register to vote in the federal election this year

Anyone 18 and over who is a Canadian citizen can register to vote in the federal election, but you must do this in advance of the election. The easiest way to do this is to register online here. You’ll need a piece of government ID and you need to know your address.  For general information on registration, you can go to this page.

Jocelyn Parr, all the classes, all the sections.

In class announcements should provide the same sort of structure.

Report on something from one of these Interesting Links:











Project Democracy


Vote Note – a new app developed by Concordia University Students

Creative Publics art project in Vancouver from SFU students


Topics you may want to cover:
  • Information about the riding you are in and how it voted last election
  • Information about a candidate’s position on an issue
  • Information about a candidate — what is their background, what jobs have they had in their life, where do they live?
  • A comparison of how two or three candidates in your riding differ on an issue (you might want to do this with a partner)
  • Information about how much money has been spent to date
  • Read an article in the news — CBC, The Globe, Le Devoir, or elsewhere– and summarize it for us, providing the link
  • cap-and-trade
  • carbon tax
  • Maybe you find another blog, website, newspaper to be an interesting source of information. Tell us about it, and tell us why it’s great. If it trends left or right, tell us that too.
  • You can also be more personal about this–What matters to you in the upcoming election? How will it affect you, your family, your future, your home?
  • Define a term for us.
    • Partisan. MP. Candidate. Riding. Constituency. Electoral District. FPTP (First Past The Post). Add your own.
  • Tell us something surprising: How big are the electoral districts in Canada? Where is the biggest one, Where is the smallest? What does this difference mean?
  • How many people voted in the last election? How many people could have voted?
  • What percentage of the vote did the Conservatives win?
  • Here are some left leaning publications I’m aware of: The Harper Decade, The Tyee, Ricochet
  • What right leaning publications do you know of?
  • Make links between our class and the election. In the Finance classes, identify the rolls businessmen played in the past, such as the Rothschilds. In Western Civ, find out where the conventions of left-leaning, or right-leaning come from.
  • Sign up to receive emails from one (or all!) of the political parties. Report back to us on what you find out from a week of this. Do you feel better informed? Were any of the emails funny? Did they speak to you?
  • Or, follow one or more of the leaders on facebook. Read the comments section (if you can handle it!).
How you’ll be graded:
  • As always, presentation counts. Stay in the time/ word limit. If you’re posting online, edit your post before you post it.
  • Content counts, too–A summary of one article is good, but bringing together two or three on the same topic is better.
  • If on the first go, you didn’t do so well, do it again.

Deadline: 19 October 2015


32 thoughts on “Election 2015

  1. Matthew Maisonneuve
    Debt, Finance, Power: Banking in the 20th Century
    330-401-DW, Section 02
    The Trans-Pacific Partnership: Canada’s Blessing in Disguise or Greatest Deception

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a historic global trade policy agreement that will cater to select pacific rim nations. This agreement includes Canada and will certainly apply changes to Canadian laws if ratified and fully brought into fruition. It has been subject to a massive increase in public interest due to its scope of economic policy as well as the lack of global transparency from world leaders on the contents of the agreement. If you would like to know more, you may follow these Links:

    The Council of Canadians TPP Coverage:
    Government of Canada:

    Section 0002
    A glance at the Stephen Harper fan mob.

    I decided to look at Stephen Harper’s Facebook page and read what was being said there This is what I discovered: the Conservative voters perceive Harper as a rational leader that does what needs to get done to aid the economy. I’ve also discovered that there is a minimal amount of criticism found in the comments’ section. The debate, where it appears, is civil. To summarize, Liberal voters are seen as emotional and Harper is the logical vote.

    Here is a link to one of the Conservative posters:

    Happy reading!

  3. Western Civilization
    Section 00015

    Three Leaders, Three Issues

    Stephen Harper, Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau are three leaders with each their own set of goals and priorities if elected in the upcoming election. The video rather than article that I viewed/read from the globe and mail discussed these three leaders views on three separate issues.
    Stephen Harper supports increased pipeline development, Tom Mulcair deems future pipeline development dependent on environmental targets and Justin Trudeau has a stricter review process for the pipelines. All three leaders are focusing in some way or another on cutting and curbing greenhouse gas-emission, Mulcair planning on investing $100 million into the project, and Trudeau as well as Harper both say yes to Keystone XL while Mulcair says no.
    Regarding Taxation, Harper and Mulcair plan on cutting small business tax, and Trudeau plans to increase taxes on the wealthiest Canadians and reduce taxes on middle class Canadians.
    Interestingly enough, all three political leaders concentrate their efforts on job creation to the youth, the young Canadians. Harper planning on giving $65 million to postsecondary schools to help them better prepare their students for employment, Mulcair to invest $200 million over 4 years to create jobs for young Canadians and Trudeau to impose a 12 month break on EI premiums to encourage companies to hire young Canadians.

    To read more go to: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/news-video/video-not-sure-who-youre-voting-for-heres-where-each-leader-stands-on-three-key-issues/article26850685/

  4. Nicolas Sirois
    Western Civilization section 00013

    Mélanie Joly

    Liberal party candidate in Ahunstic-Cartierville

    Mélany Joly began her career as a lawyer for two major companies in Montreal. She then work for Cohn & Wolfe, a communication company in which she was an associate director. In 2013, she became well-known in Montreal for being the founder of Le Vrai changement pour Montréal, a political party that received 26.5% of the population’s vote during Montreal’s election the same year. Her implication and her concern in our society allowed her to win many prizes.


  5. Emma Fletcher
    Debt, Finance, Power: Banking in the 20th Century
    330-401-DW, section 02

    Riding: NDG – Westmount
    NDP Candidate: James Hughes
    Before becoming a NDP candidate, James Hughes was a lawyer and earned degrees from Queen’s, Cambridge and McGill University. He was also known as the Director General of the Old Brewery Mission. His experience as an executive in the public and private sectors have benefited for the less fortunate Canadians. With Hughes’ experience, the NDP believes that he will bring change to Ottawa as long as we work together as a community.

    Here is where you can find out more about James Hughes http://jameshughes.ndp.ca/about http://jameshughes.ndp.ca/ and the NDP http://www.ndp.ca/

  6. Fairouz Hamouda
    Politics of Finance
    300-303-DW, sec 01

    Riding: Alfred-Pellan
    NDP Candidate: Rosane Doré Lefebvre

    Rosane Doré Lefebvre represents the riding of Alfred-Pellan with the NDP. She was born and raised in Laval. She was elected in the 2011 Canadian General Election, where she defeated Robert Carrier, a Bloc Quebecois candidate. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Geography from the University of Montreal. Before her election, she was an environmental activist. In 2013, she helped to stop the deportation of the Reyes-Mendes and Alvarez-Rivera families, who lived in Laval. To this day, she is still working on the case. She is also concerned with issues of border security, prisons, police services and national security.

    To learn more about this candidate, visit:

  7. Robert Richardson
    Politics of Finance in the 20th Century
    Section 00001

    Definition of Partisan, MP, Riding

    There are many different terms that are used often and important in politics, some rather basic ones being partisans, MP and riding. Partisans, in political situations, are people who strongly support a certain cause, person or organisation. However an important element is that partisans’ support of a cause is not based on analyzing the options but rather it is based on feeling. An MP is an acronym for Member of Parliament. A riding is geographical area where there are voters that is represented by either an MP, or a member of the legislative assembly at either a provincial or territorial level.

    You can find out more about these terms here:

  8. Debt, Finance, Power: Banking in the 20th Century
    Section 2
    What a mixed member proportional system or MMP?

    A mixed member proportional system is an electoral system in which a portion of legislators are elected to represent electoral districts through gaining the most votes. However, another portion of legislators are proportionally elected to the votes received by each party. Thus voters vote twice, once for their favored constituency candidate and once for their party of choice. This system is only used in Germany and New Zealand and is credited as being more representative and less disadvantageous to smaller partiers than non-proportional systems such as the single-member plurality system used in Canada. The only party in favor of the MMP in Canada is the NDP.



  9. The links here are too general for them to count as “proof.” The purpose of including links is to show us that you have found something specific that we maybe haven’t seen before. Apart from the article from The Star, these are too broad.


    A constituency consists of a group of people (also referred to as constituents or voters) from a specific geographical area who have the power and right to elect a representative for them in parliament. This is on a federal level, where the official elected is there to represent his specific area in the House of Commons. On a provincial or territorial basis, the elected official would represent the interests of his area
    in the provincial or legislative assembly. A constituency is also known as a riding or electoral district.
    Anthony Rodà
    Debt, finance: Banking in the 20th century
    Section: 00002

    Website for more information:
    (See electoral district)


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  12. Masooda Nejat
    Politics of Finance
    300-303-DW, sec 01

    What is a candidate?

    There are two ways at looking at the definition of a candidate; first, it is a person who applies for a job. Second, a candidate is an individual who is nominated for an election. In order to become a candidate, he/she must meet these basic requirements: be a Canadian citizen, must be at least 18 years old on Election Day, and the potential candidate must fill in a document entitled Nomination Paper. In addition, candidates might choose to run as an independent or be countersigned by a political party. Since, Canadians are in the core of a federal election campaign, they should be aware who the candidate in their local area is.


  13. Armel-Eddy Kengne
    Politics of Finance (20th Century)
    Section 1

    Conservative candidate: Richard Sagala
    Richard Sagala is an entrepreneur in the economics of knowledge, born in Montreal who lives in Notre Dame de Grace (NDG) for more than 15years. He has an MBA and is a teacher at Global MBA de Kedge Business School in Bordeaux, France and at University of British Columbia. He is the CEO of “L’École In Vino Véritas” (ÉIVV), which is the first private wine and winemaking in Quebec accredited by the Wine and Spirit Education Trust. He represent the conservative party in the district of NDG Westmount. He believes the conservative party is the only party capable of reducing the taxes while providing a perfect growth of the economy.
    To learn more about Richard Sagala go to http://richardsagala.conservateur.ca/fr/

  14. Cindy Lien
    Politics of Finance (20th Century)
    Section 1

    Green Party Candidate: Melissa Miscione

    Melissa Miscione, a candidate for the Green Party of Saint Leonard-Saint Michel district, was born and raised in Saint Leonard. She has a degree in Interior Design from the International Academy of Arts and Design, and has been working in the industry for over five years (PVQ.qc.ca). She worked at Benjamin Moore as a colour specialist-decorator in 2008 and as an interior designer/manager in 2012. She was also an assistant and a freelance interior designer at other places. Miscione is against the Quebec Charter of Values because she believes that it creates unnecessary tensions.

    To know more about Melissa Miscione, please visit:

  15. Momutaz Azim
    Debt, Finance and Power: Banking in the 20th century
    Section 02

    Information about a candidate — what is their background, what jobs have they had in their life, where do they live?

    Gilles Duceppe –Bloc Québécois
    Gilles Duceppe was born on July 22nd 1947. He grow up in Montréal. He is the son of a well-known actor called Jean Duceppe. Duceppe studied at Collège Mont-Saint-Louis, then went into political science at the Université de Montréal. He didn’t finish his studies and shortly after entered in politics.

    Before making into the big leads, in 1968 he became vice-president of the General Union of Quebec Students. Then in 1970, he became the manager of the Université de Montréal student paper Le Quartier latin. Duceppe started his career, in 1972, in community and union settings as chairperson for the citizens’ committee of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. He is now a politician and currently the leader of the Bloc Québécois and candidate for the Laurier- Saint-Marie sector.


  16. I like all of these points about your values as a voter, though I suggest you provide some more substantial links–these ones here are too broad to speak precisely to these issues. Try to find at least one article that speaks to youth issues in the upcoming election.

  17. Mariam Ali Hassain
    Western Civilization 00013

    Allison Turner, a candidate for the NPD riding of Ville-Marie – Le Sud-Ouest – Îles-des-Soeurs where she lives. She is a dedicated lawyer in Montreal who holds a master’s degree from l’Université de Montréal where she completed her thesis on the definition of the crime of aggression. Me Turner has over 20 years of local and international legal experience, including at the UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. She has a passion for human rights and social justice and she is ready to fight for this community in Parliament.
    To know more about Allison Turner visit:

  18. Suzanne Awakim
    Debt, Finance, Power: section 2

    What does FPTP mean?
    FPTP stands for “First Past The Post”. First Past the Post describes an electoral voting system in which
    the candidate with the most votes wins. It describes our political system, which is based on the one in the United Kingdom.
    In Canada, for each electoral district, the candidate with the most votes wins a seat in the House of Commons, and the leader of the party that wins the most seats is able to form the government. That same party leader then becomes the Prime Minister.


  19. James Cordeiro-Gomes
    Debt, Finance and Power:Banking in the 20th century
    Section 02

    Liberal Party: Nicola Di Iorio
    Nicola Di Iorio, a candidate for the Liberal Party of Saint Leonard-Saint Michel district, is a lawyer specializing in labour and employment law. Nicola holds an LLB from Université de Sherbrooke and an LLM from Columbia University. Nicola was also recognized as one of Canada’s leading labour and employment law experts in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada. Nicola is a well-known guest speaker, and teaches law at McGill University and the professional training school of the Burreau du Québec.


  20. Alexandre Scuderi
    Debt, finance: Banking in the 20th century
    section 2
    Please Vote!

    In the the last federal elections only 61% of the number of voter on the list (anyone with at least 18 years old). Only 14,823,408 Canadian citizens actually voted and if you look at it Ontario itself has 13.6 million resident! 24,257,592 canadians could of vote but almost 40% didn’t. Hopefully, Canadians realize that they are actually paying for this election and that they could make a difference.
    To know more about election statistics, visit http://www.elections.ca/content.aspx?dir=turn&document=index&lang=e&section=ele

  21. Western Civilization
    Section 00015

    Marc Garneau: Liberal Party candidate (Westmount- NDG)

    Marc Garneau was born on February 23 1949 in Quebec City. Before dedicating his life to politics, he had a career in the Navy and in the Canadian Space Agency. After completing his education in Electric Engineering he begins his career in the Navy that lasted for fifteen years. Then follows his outstanding astronaut experience. In fact, in 1984, Garneau became the first Canadian man to fly in space as a payload specialist. Later on, Garneau’s huge influence on fans of space helped him in his political career. He was elected in October 2008 as the Member of the Parliament for Westmount—Ville-Marie as his first mandate. After living in that district for fourteen years, he represents the Liberal Party and is currently a critic for Foreign Affairs, International Trade and La Francophonie.

    To read more: http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/astronauts/biogarneau.asp

  22. Veronica Marinoni
    Western Civilization 00015

    It’s hard to believe that All Canadian women were given the right to vote just over 50 years ago. Even though women earned the right to vote in 1916, it wasn’t until the 1960s that this right was extended to all women. In fact, women of colour, Chinese women, East Indian women and Japanese women weren’t allowed to vote until the late 1940s. Aboriginal women were the last ethnic group who were permitted to vote at the federal elections in 1960.

    to know more about this topic visit:

  23. Sabrina Coppola
    Debt,Finance and Power:Banking in the 20th Century
    Section 02

    Ndp Candidate: Rosannie Filato
    Rosannie Filato, a candidate for the Ndp riding of Saint Leonard-Saint Michel district, is a well respected lawyer who obtained her law degree from the University of Sherbrooke. She is a member of both the Quebec and Ontario bar, and has also served for the UFCW Canada tackling issues on women, youth and immigration. Working with the Ndp she hopes to improve the lives of the middle class as well as those of immigrants. Having grown up in Saint Leonard, Filato promises to represent the community to the best of her abilities.


  24. Justin Trudeau is a politician and is the current leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. He was born in 1971 in a family of politician. His father was Pierre-Elliott Trudeau (Joseph Philippe Pierre Yves Elliott Trudeau) and his mother was Margaret Trudeau. He was a math and French teacher before his political career. He used to live in Montreal. However in 2013, he decided to move to Ottawa near the place where he lived when he was young.

    • Unfortunately, this submission is insufficient. It fails to a/ provide a link to proof of the information b/ tell us who wrote this (what student is this?) c/ nor does it follow the format specified in the instructions.

  25. Very cool assignment. I’m going to give the same to my students in Korea when their election cycle starts up soon

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