The Canadian Federal election is coming up quickly to vote for the next prime minister and leading political body in our country. We wanted to create a quick guide to the election for those of you who still have a few questions about the election before the big day (Monday, October 19, 2015).

If you don’t feel like voting, just remember… that means you can’t complain. And, we all like to complain. So why not take 10 minutes out of your day to vote?

Also, remember that you’re legally allowed to take time off from work to vote (details), so think of voting as an excuse to leave work early!

Here’s a breakdown of the upcoming election from an un-biased and basic standpoint. We are not experts on this sort of thing, so please leave a comment if you notice any mistakes.

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Why should I vote?

A lot of people think their vote won’t make a difference, or they hate all the candidates, or they just can’t be bothered to learn about each party. First of all, okay – but that means you can’t complain. Second of all, we’ve made it easier to know who to vote for with the chart below. Third of all, it’s kind of fun to vote and you usually get a sticker. Fourth of all, voting is a privilege. It hasn’t even been that long since some groups of people were actually given the right to vote.

Think you’ve got another reason of why you shouldn’t vote? Leave it in the comment section! We will try to convince you otherwise.

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Where can I vote?

You can check where to vote on the elections.ca website here with your postal code. Voting day is Monday, October 19.

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Who Should I vote for?

There’s a pretty awesome political quiz available online if you have no idea who you should be voting for. It’ll give you a good idea of which political party aligns best with your current beliefs. Or, you can also check out the CBC Vote Compass for another option.

Otherwise, here’s a very simple outline (adapted from pollenize.org/canada) of what each party has outlined in their general party promises. A more detailed breakdown is available here.

Conservatives New Democratic Party (NDP) Liberal Party Green Party
Leader Stephen Harper Thomas Mulcair Justin Trudeau Elizabeth May
Economy Aim to create 1.3 mil jobs by 2020. Raise the federal minimum wage. Readjust tax brackets in favour of middle class. Would focus on fighting youth unemployment and raise the federal minimum wage.
Environment Reduce emissions by 30% by 2030. Eliminate subsidies to fossil fuel industry. Improve protection of marine areas, land and wildlife. Develop “concrete plans” to reduce Canada’s carbon emissions.
Pipelines Supports pipelines. Opposes pipelines. Supports some pipelines. Opposes all pipelines.
Aboriginal Affairs Provide $500 mil to building and renovating schools on reserves. Launch a national public inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women. Would invest $515 mil per year in funding for First Nations K-12 education. Call an inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.
Justice Do not support drug legalization at all. Would decriminalize marijuana immediately. Would legalize and regulate marijuana. Eliminate mandatory minimum sentences and appeal Bill C-51
Healthcare Increase annual health funding to the provinces. Would establish a national Alzheimer’s disease and dementia strategy. Would extend maternity & parental leave benefits to 18 months. Establish a national pharmacare program.
Foreign Policy Provide the Department of National Defence with an additional $11.8 billion over the next 10 years. End current bombing campaign and pull out troops from Iraq and Syria. End the current bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria. Re-orient the military towards peacekeeping and disaster response.
Immigration Would accept 10k refugees from Iraq and Syria over the next 4 years. Accelerate immigration process times. Immediately bring 10k Syrian refugees to Canada. Bring 25k Syrian refugees to Canada as soon as possible. Repeal Bill C-24. Eliminate the Temporary Foreign Workers Program. Reverse Bill C-24.
Education Increase the numbers of computers in school. Provide $250 mil over 4 years to create 74k new grants. Would introduce an Early Childhood Education and Care program. Would work to eliminate student dept nationally.
Housing Would spend $2.3 billion to give Canadians access to affordable housing. Would provide incentives for the construction of affordable housing. Provide $125 mill in tax incentives for developers and landlords. Work to eliminate homelessness and implement a national housing strategy.
Privacy Recently passed a new anti-terror law called Bill C-51 in May Opposes Bill C-51 and the Anti-terrorism Act. Would keep but amend Bill C-51. Would also end Canada’s online surveillance program.
Government and Transparency Would keep current voting system. Would abolish the Senate. Would explore mandatory and online voting. Would slash the budget of the Prime Minister’s office by 50%.
Random If re-elected, a Conservative government would oppose a ‘Netflix’ tax on digital streaming services and spend $200 mil on expanding Canada’s high-speed broadband Internet network. Would create one million $15/day childcare spaces across Canada over next 10 years. Would create a Prime Minister’s Youth Advisory Council, consisting of youth aged 16-24 to provide non-partisan advice. Would implement a Guaranteed Livable Income to make sure no Canadian lives in poverty.

*Note: this is just a brief capture for each party, for more detail you can delve into the Conservative plan, NDP platform, Liberal platform, Green Party platform.

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  1. raquo

    No offence, but this is a poor compilation of random out-of-context facts that happens to be biased for conservatives. Not sure if intentionally or not.

    Example: “Would keep current voting system”. Nothing you want to add here? Must be very convenient to group this together with unrelated issues like senate and PM office funding instead of showing that every other party wants to get rid of the current FPTP voting system which is incredibly unfair and results in a two-party political system like in the US, or in the absence of a unified left party, ensures domination for the conservatives that is disproportionate to the number of votes they receive.

    That alone is a topic based on which it’s worth deciding your vote, but looking at this table does not bring you any closer to understanding it. In fact, this table makes it seem like it’s a minor issue.

    Similarly for most other topics unfortunately.

    1. admin Listing Owner

      Interesting, very interesting. We did not intend to skew this towards the Conservatives in any way. Guess it’s just a personal reading, because when I read through it, it seems more biased towards the Liberals.

      This chart does not delve into detail and was meant as a higher-level “this is what captured our attention” kind of thing. More of a cheat sheet, if you will.

      We’ve added in links to each party’s platform, so hopefully that will encourage readers to delve deeper into these promises.

      Thanks for your feedback.

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