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20 days into federal election campaigning and poll results remain flat.

“CBC’s Andrew Nichols speaks with Principal of Earnscliffe Strategy Group and a Liberal Strategist, Charles Bird, Conservative strategist and Senior Partner at Fleishman Hillard High-Road, John Capobiano, and NDP strategist…

An Insider Look at the Leaders’ Debate

“It’s two hours that can make or break a campaign. But what happens before the federal leaders step out onto the stage to debate in front of millions of Canadians?…

Will climate change move votes in 2019?

By Velma McColl It’s impossible for any leader or political party to ignore the 500,000 people who came out in Montreal Friday or the thousands who marched across the country.…

How voters decide

Written by Allan R. Gregg When I first got involved in political campaigns, my mentors warned me of the rule of plus or minus 6%. Basically, this rule suggested that…

A guide for watching the leaders’ debates

Written by Elly Alboim for Capital Currents. Click here to read the original. Conventional wisdom is that leaders’ debates are potential defining moments in election campaigns, but that’s not always…

Will attaching costs to platform promises make a difference to voters? | The Power Panel

Following the Green Party of Canada’s release of the Parliamentary Budget Officer’s costing of 24 Green platform promises, our Kathleen Monk, NDP strategist, and Geoff Norquay, Conservative strategist, join the…

The makings of a stronghold: What’s the secret to a political ‘safe seat’?

Written by Taylor Blewett, Ottawa Citizen, with commentary from Earnscliffe’s Yaroslav Baran. Click here to read the original. On a sunny Saturday morning in Ottawa–Vanier, Carole-Ann Larose and Wayne Corneil…

‘Best response is an unqualified apology’: How politicians survive political scandals

Commentary from Charles Bird in CBC News. Click here to read the original. Justin Trudeau remains Liberal party leader despite blackface revelations Time will tell whether the blackface images that…

Don’t underestimate rural rage in Canada

By Robin Sears for the Toronto Star. Click here to read the original. As a blasé urbanite who pooh-poohed rising populism warnings among rural Canadians, I got a shock this…

Framing the campaign: Trust and values

Written by Elly Alboim for Capital Current. Click here to read the original. By the end of a tumultuous week, the role of political media in framing events like the…
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