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Bowal: Our unnecessary election

By Peter Bowal

The biggest election issue of the last month has been whether there should be an early election.

The biggest trending election issue of the first days of the campaign is, well, the nonsense that we are thrust into an early election. 890 more words

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The power of ordinary citizens to effect change when there is federalism and upper houses

The latest counting in the New South Wales Legislative Council election shows the ease in which ordinary citizens can form a political party and be elected to Parliament when there is federalism and an upper house elected by proportional representation. 675 more words

Public Choice

Chris Cillizza: Hillary Clinton campaign circus starts Sunday despite her desire to ‘go small’

The Hillary Clinton for president campaign is coming. For real, this time.

The furor created by the exact date and time Clinton would announce her candidacy — it’s to take place Sunday via a campaign video that’s already been filmed — speaks to the total and complete impossibility of Clinton carrying off a “going small” … 572 more words

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On the knocker

I canvassed in every election campaign between 1973 when I joined the Conservative Party as a Young Conservative and 1980 when I became a professional party agent, and then again between 1994 and 2010. 175 more words

Politics & Campaigning

Thomson: Leaders' wheels reveal a lot about finances

Progressive Conservative Leader Jim Prentice has a campaign motorcoach.

Wildrose Leader Brian Jean has a campaign RV.

NDP Leader Rachel Notley has a campaign minivan. 606 more words

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John Carpay: The law's a sham

Laws setting fixed dates for elections are a messy and tricky business in a constitutional democracy.  The Queen’s representatives exercise sole authority and discretion to dissolve Parliament or a provincial legislature, thereby requiring a new election. 709 more words

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After Several Fails, Should We Trust Election Polls?

It’s a key question, given the swarm of public opinion reports on the horizon.

My story in the Tyee.

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