Debate format, moderators need fixing: commission3 minute read Tuesday, May. 10, 2022
OTTAWA - The next federal election debates should have a simpler format and better moderation to focus more on what leaders say than what they are asked, says the commission that oversees the events.
"There is widespread agreement that the 2021 debates did not deliver as well as they should have on informing voters about parties' policies," said the final report of the Leaders' Debates Commission on the 2021 nationally televised events.
Many people look to leaders' debates during an election for the elusive "knockout punch" moment, in which a politician gets such a good hit on an opponent that their campaign efforts nosedive.
But in 2021 it was a throw from a moderator that left the biggest impression. Shachi Kurl, the president of the Angus Reid Institute, asked Bloc Québécois leader Yves-François Blanchet why he defended "discriminatory" provincial laws about religious symbols and the French language, which she said marginalized minorities and anglophones.
Kevin Vuong to sit as Independent MP1 minute read Preview Saturday, Sep. 25, 2021
TORONTO - The newly elected member of Parliament for a downtown Toronto riding says he will sit as an independent.
Kevin Vuong says he will not step down as Spadina-Fort York's representative in the House of Commons despite controversy surrounding his election.
He made the announcement in a tweet Saturday night.
The Liberal party dropped Vuong as a candidate just two days before Monday's election.
Election results show rise in urban-rural division6 minute read Preview Saturday, Sep. 25, 2021
OTTAWA - The results of the federal election have shown a deepened divide between Canadians living in urban areas who mostly chose Liberal candidates and those living in rural areas who voted for the Conservative party, experts say.
Allan Thompson, the head of Carleton University's journalism program, said the results of Monday's election have revealed increasing polarization between rural and urban Canadians.
The division was very clear in Ontario where the Liberals picked up almost all the seats in the urban ridings and the Conservatives flipped some rural ridings and increased their lead in ridings they'd held before.
"What worries me is just the polarization, that it seems to be more and more split, more of a division where it's virtually automatic what the outcome is going to be," Thompson said.
Election race in Winnipeg likely going to recount1 minute read Preview Wednesday, Sep. 22, 2021
WINNIPEG - A federal election race in west Winnipeg is so close, it is expected to head to a recount.
Conservative incumbent Marty Morantz beat out Liberal Doug Eyolfson by 24 votes in results posted to the Elections Canada website.
The margin is less than one-one thousandth of all votes cast, and the elections law requires an automatic recount, headed by a judge, in such cases.
Counting all the ballots in the riding of Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingley continued until almost 48 hours after polls closed Monday night.