The Canadian Federal Election of 2011
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Written by the foremost authorities, The Canadian Federal Election of 2011 provides a complete investigation of all aspects of the campaigns and the outcome of the election.
The Canadian Federal Election of 2011 is a comprehensive analysis of all aspects of the campaign and election outcome. The chapters, written by leading academics, examine the strategies, successes, and failures of the major political parties the Conservatives (Faron Ellis and Peter Woolstencroft), the Liberals (Brooke Jeffrey), the New Democrats (David McGrane), the Bloc Qubcois (Eric Belanger and Richard Nadeau), and the Green Party (Susan Harada).
Also featured in this volume are chapters on the nature of local campaigning (Alex Marland), the polls (André Turcotte), the campaign in the new social media (Mary Francoli, Josh Greenberg and Christopher Waddell), and the nature of modern conservatism (Jonathan Malloy and Jim Farney). The book concludes with a detailed analysis of voting behaviour in 2011 (Harold Clarke and Tom Scotto) and an assessment of whether Canada is headed for a Stephen Harper dynasty (Jon H. Pammett and Lawrence LeDuc). Appendices contain all of the election results.
26. See, for example, S. N. Furtuna, “The EU and the Curious Case of the Copenhagen Accord. ” CES Working Papers Online, II, accessed May 31, 2011. www. cse. uaic. ro/WorkingPapers/articles/CESWP2010_I2_FUR. pdf, and Green Party of Canada, “Climate Betrayal in Copenhagen,” accessed May 31, 2011. http://greenparty. ca/media-release/2009-12-18/climate-betrayal-copenhagen. 27. See, for example, D. Akin, “Top Greens Put Pressure on Party Leader May,” Canwest News Service, January 24, 2010; M. De Souza, “May Shocked as Green Deputy Defects to Bloc,” Canwest News Service, June 15, 2010; and L.
As this chapter has shown, this abundance of data obfuscates rather than illuminates the political landscape. A focus on more depth would show the benefits of polling and highlight its potential. It would show the public the reasons parties and corporations have become so reliant on public opinion data. Such a change would be beneficial to the polling industry, whose credibility is being tarnished by current media coverage. While horse-race polls have a place in the coverage of politics, there is more to be learned from polling.
But donations during Dion’s leadership had plummeted to a mere $4. 3 million in 2007, rising to only $5. 9 million in 2008 despite the fact that it was an election year. Rossi’s tenure proved highly productive. In 2009, the party saw a dramatic increase in annual revenue to $9. 5 million, and an all-important increase in individual donors to 37,876. However, Rossi abruptly announced his resignation at the end of the year in order to run in the Toronto mayoral race. He was soon replaced with another expert fundraiser, Ian Mackay, but the party’s finances once again deteriorated, leading many to speculate that Ignatieff’s leadership problems might be playing a role.
The Greens’ by-laws entrenched a fixed four-year term for the leader, followed by a leadership contest should there be more than one contender for the position. May’s term was set to expire at the time of the BGM, and speculation about possible challengers grew.  Mindful that a leadership contest could leave the party vulnerable should a federal election be called in mid-stream, Federal Council moved to resolve the dilemma. In doing so, it brought to a head the discord that had been brewing. There were those who supported May and those who did not, but beyond the personality-based politics were conflicting strands of Green Party thinking over issues of transparency, grassroots democracy, and political pragmatism.
The runner-up in Humber–St. Barbe–Baie Verte complained that the incumbent had done nothing for the riding and that electors merely “like the fact he hugs people and gets on open line [radio] and shoots off his mouth. ” The biggest changeover was seen in Quebec. Bloc Québécois candidates were left scratching their heads, confident in the vitality of their constituency campaigns, but stunned by the NDP wave. “I do not understand, especially since the NDP candidate did not campaign. She is a complete unknown,” said Diane Bourgeois (Terrebonne-Blainville), a four-time Bloc MP.