Federal election 2019 roundup: Peoples Party of Canada invited to official leaders debates – National Post

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Why isnt CBC News calling Justin Trudeau prime minister? Your Week 1 election questions
Now the campaign is officially underway, many are just starting to think about the weeks ahead and how to vote.

We've been fielding many questions about all aspects of the election, from parliamentary procedure to voting restrictions.

Each week until election day, we'll be rounding up your questions and answering the most common in articles like this. Here are some we got during Week 1.

But 2015 was an entirely different story. Start with the obvious: the Liberal result was an unlooked-for triumph. Up until the last few days before the voting, a majority looked beyond reach, and a minority win would have sounded just fine to most Liberals. Then Justin Trudeau surged. The Conservatives? Sure, Stephen Harper lost, but the Tory vote total dipped only a bit to 5,600,496, from 2011s 5,835270, and the Conservatives returned a more than presentable 99 MPs to form the Official Opposition.

You may have noticed CBC News referring to Justin Trudeau as Liberal leader. Yes, he's still prime minister. However, now that the election has been called, incumbents who are running for re-election are referred to by their party affiliation only. According to the CBC Language Guide, this is done to "avoid even the perception of giving incumbents an advantage."

Inflating past campaigns is a notorious pastime of politicos and reporters hanging around bars. An old-timer recalls the 88 debates; an even older-timer gazes into the middle distance and invokes 68. Im not pitching for 15 to cast in that sort of nostalgic glow. Still, if the options on offer in Canadian elections are often decried as unimpressive, including this time, its worth noting when they’ve notched notably higher—especially when the outcome essentially confirmed it.

There are exceptions, though. The political titles are allowed if it is a non-election story, where they are acting in their official role. Right here, though, it's Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

With Parliament dissolved, it can't be recalled. Until the election ends and a new government is sworn in, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and his cabinet ministers "hold full and complete authority," according to the Library of Parliament. They would be the ones dealing with any emergency.

If that emergency requires spending money, they could do so through using the Governor General's Special Warrants, which cover expenses "urgently required for the public good." Any decisions would be guided by existing rules.

It wouldnt be right to say Trudeau was the least well-known of the three. After all, Canadians old enough to have been around had known him, in the way of celebrity offspring, since his infancy. Yet he struck many as a fresh force. Unlike some other rookie leaders, he arrived in the federal big leagues with a close coterie of advisors who had gained Triple-A experience in Ontario. The combination of his newness and their experience proved potent.

The Liberals are encouraged to act with restraint, though. An emergency is one thing, but they shouldn't be spending money on policy or new appointments. There are no penalties if they do that, but as the Library of Parliament warns, "the possibility of political sanction in the form of a defeat at the polls would have to be taken into account."

Mulcair was formidable. A veteran of Quebec City politics, which is a tough proving ground. Lauded for the efficiency of his stripped-down questions in the House, unleashed with a signature interrogative glare. And he inherited an NDP that had been thoroughly professionalized under his predecessor, making it far less a vehicle for union leaders and volunteers and far more a modern political machine.

If it's your new home (and you are on the voter list), you can update your address here — but you should do it soon. That way, your voter information card can be sent to your new address. You can use it along with one other form of ID to vote. This is perhaps the easiest way to vote if you just moved, as you likely won't have time to update your address on any of your other IDs just yet; the election is soon —on Oct. 21 — after all!

It starts with the incumbent PM. Harper was an imposing disciplinarian. He had willed the right to unite in 2003. Nobody seriously doubted his grip on the Conservative base. His partys fundraising prowess had long since been harnessed to ruthless message control and rigorous niche marketing of policy, based on data-driven demographic analysis of voters

You may actually be able to vote via mobile polling station in the hospital. Elections Canada plans to travel to 5,202 different places where seniors or people with disabilities live, including hospitals. In some cases, poll staffers will actually go room to room in hospitals with a ballot box.

Its odd because the results look acceptable, or more than acceptable, for all three major parties. Thats not normal in Canada. Were used to unequivocal election-night slaughters, like what befell the Liberals in 2011, or the NDP in the fallow stretch before rebuilding began under Jack Layton, or—shudder—the fate of the Conservatives in 1993.

Elections Canada suggests contacting your hospital to see if voting will be offered there. The same type of identification rules apply as if you were to go to a regular polling station. There are several hospital items you can use as one of your forms of identification though, including hospital cards, hospital ID wristbands and labels from your prescriptions. You can use one of these along with an additional ID from this list, which has your address.

No, thats not a prediction for the campaign now underway. Im pretty sure there will be losers this time. But the last one, the election of 2015, looks increasingly unusual in this particular sense the further it recedes in the rear-view mirror.

If you can't leave your house or make it to a polling station, you can get your ballot kit sent to you in the mail — you can apply for it now.

So its not just that 2015 didnt produce a clear loser; its that the result seems fitting, given the stature of the leaders and the state of their parties. Its a different story this fall.

Elections Canada considers the home visit a last resort, if all other options have been exhausted. If you meet the criteria, you can contact your returning officer to request to vote at home.

If this were just an exercise in sifting numbers, it wouldnt be all that interesting. What makes the loserless 2015 outcome intriguing is the less quantifiable leadership dynamic behind it.

Vouching is being reinstated this election. It's the practice of getting someone to vouch for your right to vote if you don't have valid ID. That person must be able to prove their identity and address.

It was offered as an option in past elections but was nixed as part of the Conservatives' Elections Act changes in 2014, so it wasn't available in the 2015 election. The Liberals made their own changes to the Elections Act last year, bringing back vouching.

Did this have an impact on the outcome of the election? Probably not. Only in South Surrey-White Rock was the margin narrow enough that the loss of the original candidate might have cost the party a victory. But there were 47 ridings across Canada decided by 3.2 percentage points or less — suggesting that a last-minute loss of a candidate in any of these ridings could have made the difference.

In 2011, about 120,000 people used vouching in order to vote. That's around 0.8 per cent of all voters.

While that is one case, it is a pattern that was repeated over nine of the 13 ridings in which a candidate was replaced. In only three ridings did the replacement do better than other candidates in the region, but only by a marginal amount of about a point or two. Most of the under-achieving replacements did between three and seven points worse than their neighbouring colleagues.

If a voter refuses to go into a polling booth and insists on handing back an unmarked ballot, workers will still put that ballot in the box, where it will be counted as a rejected ballot.

There are several reasons why the loss of a local candidate could have a negative impact — it reflects badly on the party and erases much of the work that might have been done by that candidate in the riding before the writs were dropped. A replacement might come in with less name recognition and the party's local organization could be disrupted.

The number of rejected ballots is included in Election Canada's final vote count; there were 120,515 rejected in 2015. However, it can't be considered a protest vote because many types of ballots are counted as rejected, including ones with no votes, ones with multiple votes and ones that are improperly marked.

In the B.C. riding of South Surrey-White Rock, for example, the Liberals dropped a candidate over comments related to pregnancy and marijuana use. Her replacement improved on the Liberals' 2011 score in the riding by 22 points. But other Liberal candidates in the Fraser Valley and southern Lower Mainland experienced an average gain of 27 points.

"There is no mechanism to track people who want to protest their vote," says Matthew McKenna, who works in media relations for Elections Canada.

There were 13 candidates who were replaced over the course of the last campaign, five each by the Conservatives and Liberals and three by the New Democrats. The Liberal candidates were all in British Columbia and Alberta, while the Conservatives were in Ontario and Quebec. The NDP lost one candidate in Manitoba and two in Atlantic Canada.

In Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario provincial elections and territorial elections in the Northwest Territories, you can actually decline your ballot, which gives a better indication of those voting in protest. The option isn't available federally.

Have a question you don't see here? Send Haydn an email at [email protected] He'll try to get you an answer — or include it in a future article.

Haydn Watters is a roving reporter for Ontario, primarily serving the province's local radio shows. He has worked for CBC News and CBC Radio in Halifax, Yellowknife, Ottawa and Toronto, with stints at the politics bureau and the entertainment unit. He also ran an experimental one-person pop-up bureau for the CBC in Barrie, Ont.

An analysis of the performance of candidates who were last-minute replacements in the 2015 federal election campaign suggests that dropping a candidate from the ballot only has a marginal impact on the results that party will get in a riding.

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Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says that, on condition of an apology and acceptance of responsibility for what they've said in the past, he would stand by Conservative candidates with a history of racist or homophobic comments.

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LAKE COUNTRY, B.C. — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer wants to revive two more of Stephen Harpers boutique tax credits that were later axed by the Trudeau Liberals.

For Green Leader Elizabeth May, a spate of controversies over the positions of her candidates on abortion and Quebec independence have led her to launch a re-vetting of the names her party plans to put on ballots across the country.

Scheer unveiled two policy measures on Monday that he says hed implement if he becomes prime minister: a Childrens Fitness Tax Credit and a Childrens Arts and Learning Tax Credit.

The two will allow Canadian families to claim credits for expenses related to their families fitness- or sports-related activities and for arts and educational expenses.

Éric Grenier is a senior writer and the CBC's polls analyst. He was the founder of ThreeHundredEight.com and has written for The Globe and Mail, Huffington Post Canada, The Hill Times, Le Devoir, and Lactualité.

The measures are part of Scheers ongoing policy theme of putting more money into the hands of hard-working, middle-class Canadian families, and blaming the policies of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau for making life harder for them.

"These were incredibly popular tax credits," Scheer said. "That is why (parents) were so disappointed when Justin Trudeau cancelled them."

Instead of hammering home the Conservatives' message on affordability, Scheer has had to dismiss as distractions the latest controversies dug up by the Liberal opposition research team.

Trudeau phased out the two credits after defeating Harper in 2015, ending nearly a decade of Conservative government.

Last week, Scheer also pledged to bring back another Harper-era tax cut that Trudeau has done away with: the transit tax credit, worth up to 15 per cent of the cost of monthly or annual transit passes.

Scheer also said that he would eventually release a fully costed platform to account for how he would pay for the new tax credits, plus a cut to the tax rate on the lowest income bracket, and still balance the federal budget.

"Its a question of controlling the rate of growth of government departments, and some philosophical differences."

Andrew Scheer in Kelowna pledges to bring back two Harper-era boutique tax credits. Childrens Fitness Tax Credit: – Allow parents to claim up to $1000 per child for expenses related to fitness – Refundable – Parents of children with disabilities can claim + $500 /child / year pic.twitter.com/wdggSfXLQq

Second boutique tax credit Scheer announces: Childrens Arts and Learning Tax Credit: – Allow parents to claim up to $500 per child for expenses related to arts and educational activities – Refundable – Parents of children with disabilities can claim up to $1000/child/yr#elxn43

Federal Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer speaks at a rally in Parksville, B.C., on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn