On Sunday Aug. 2nd, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has launched the the longest election campaign in Canadian History.
The candidates will campaign for 11 weeks, with the general election scheduled for Monday Oct. 19th.
Main Themes For This Election
- The Economy
- National Security
- Canada’s Middle Class
- An accountable government
Stephen Harper – Conservative
Thomas Mulcair – NDP
Justin Trudeau - Liberal
Elizabeth May – Green Party
Gilles Duceppe – Bloc Québécois
Supreme court votes ‘No Voting’ rights for long-term Canadian Expats
Ontario’s top court has decided long-term expats have no right to vote in federal elections.The Appeal Court ruling overturns an earlier decision that effectively enfranchised the group.That means more than one million Canadians living abroad for more than five years cannot cast ballots.
The Appeal Court accepted the government’s view that allowing the expats to vote was unfair to Canadians living in Canada.The decision, however, was not unanimous, with one justice dissenting.The case was brought by two Canadians living in the United States who argued they maintain strong ties to Canada.