Tag Archive: 2011 Canadian Federal Election


Stephen Harper was asked if he would make changes to the existing abortion and same sex laws should he gain control of the Commons. The Conservative leader said no. “We will govern on the platform we are elected on,” he told reporters during a campaign stop in the Niagara region. Just because Stephen Harper has said this does not mean that a Conservative MP could not or would not introduce a bill to change these laws but it does mean that Stephen Harper winning majority government would not use that as a mandate to change these laws.

Mr. Harper said the Tories would proceed to eliminate the gun registry if they win a majority because this is long-held party policy. “The position of the party is the position of the party,” he said. “The other subjects you brought up are not the positions of the party,” he said. “They’re not in the Conservative platform. I have no intention of opening up those issues.”

Canada legalized same-sex marriage under a former Liberal government.

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Not many people are voting in the polls that we post. We’d love to have your opinions and so would your fellow readers. We’ve compiled all of the polls into this one post to allow you easy access. Your opinion matters!!!

This very simple question has turned into a huge debate among politicians in the past few days. The question is if Elizabeth May, the leader of the Canadian Green Party, be allowed to participate in the debate with the other major party leaders.

“I feel as though I’m absolutely in a state of shock,” May said on Tuesday night from Victoria, B.C. “It’s not what I expected. I thought we resolved this issue in the 2008 election campaign. A precedent was set and frankly Canadians were widely supportive of my inclusion in the debates.”

It was confirmed on Tuesday that Elizabeth May did not receive an invite to participate in the major national debate. News of May not being invited to the debate has sparked a social media uprising and even the leaders invited to the debate have said they would support her presence. NDP leader Jack Layton has said in the past that if May were to participate in debates that he would boycott the debate.

“If certain leaders are not invited to participate, I think it is reasonable for them to know why,” Layton said in a statement issued Tuesday. “While we do not have a vote at the consortium, we think it would benefit the process to have clear criteria so that this matter is dealt with fairly. We’re fine with her in the debate.”

Michael Ignatieff told reporters in Vancouver he believed May should be there.

“I think Elizabeth May belongs in the debate – it’s as simple as that,” Ignatieff said.

Alright, we know it’s early in the Federal Campaign but we want to hear who Canadians support right now.

Today the Liberal Party leader Michael Ignatieff has announced a brand new education program that is designed to help high school students move into college or university. This program is called the “Canadian Learning Passport” and it offers $4,000 in grants to every high school student who chooses to go to university, college or CEGEP.

On top of this, $6,000 will be provided to high school students from low-income families in 4 disbursments of $1,500. The money will be available for every family, not just upper-middle-class families that already take advantage of the RESP. It replaces two non-refundable tax credits: the textbook credit and education tax credit.

It is great that education is finally a priority of a main stream party however we’d like to know how this would affect current University students across Canada. The elimination of the textbook credit and education tax credit could be detrimental to some University students.