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Life After Losing: Electoral Defeat Brings Whole New Set of Challenges

Life After Losing: Electoral Defeat Brings Whole New Set of Challenges

By Clara Pasieka, The Canadian Press

Jane Philpott
Defeat for a federal politician means losing a job, social standing and structured daily life. Cellphones get cut off, the paycheques stop, logins won’t work and everyone wants them moved out fast. Independent candidate Jane Philpott is hugged by a supporter following her concession speech after losing her Markham-Stouffville seat to Liberal candidate Helena Jaczek in the 2019 Federal Election, on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young)

OTTAWA — Brian Murphy barely had time to process losing his seat in the 2011 federal election before the House of Commons wrote to ask if he wanted it back.

There was a catch, however: it would cost him.

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Urban Versus Rural: Examining Canada’s Electoral Divide

Urban Versus Rural: Examining Canada’s Electoral Divide

By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, myWestman.ca

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Voters enter the polling station at St. Luigi Catholic School during election day in Toronto on Monday, October 21, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin)

NEEPAWA, Man. — We hear a lot about the east-west divide in federal politics, but that might not be the whole story. I read a column in a recent edition of the Moosomin World-Spectator about the urban-rural divide in Canadian politics and it got me thinking — what if that’s the cause of much of the divisiveness we see today?

338Canada, which refers to the 338 seats in Canada’s parliament, is a website created and run by P.J. Fournier. Fournier is an astronomy and physics professor and a political commentator. The site features statistics and analysis, including compiling various polls, and an interactive map coloured to represent the party each riding is expected to elect. In the lead up to the election, except for the northern parts, the prairies were coloured dark blue and on October 21, they overwhelmingly elected Conservative MPs. Is this a case of east versus west? I always thought maybe so, but when you look at rural Ontario, it’s also trending blue. Maybe it is something else.

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Liberals Win Most Seats in Election 2019, But Will Need Opposition Help

Liberals Win Most Seats in Election 2019, But Will Need Opposition Help

By The Canadian Press

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Liberal supports react as poll numbers come in at Liberal election headquarters in Montreal on Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau has emerged from a bruising 40-day election campaign with his image tarnished and his grip on power weakened, needing the support of at least one party to maintain a minority Liberal government in a country bitterly divided.

With results still trickling in early Tuesday, the Liberals had 156 seats — 14 short of the 170 needed for a majority in the 338-seat House of Commons.

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Canadians Begin to Cast Ballots After Divisive Campaign, and Amid Tight Polls

Canadians Begin to Cast Ballots After Divisive Campaign, and Amid Tight Polls

By The Canadian Press

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A voter heads to cast their vote in Canada’s federal election at the Fairbanks Interpretation Centre in Dartmouth, N.S., Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan)

OTTAWA — Canadians are heading to the polls to cast their ballots following a 40-day election campaign that featured countless promises, numerous personal attacks and enduring uncertainty right up to the finish line.

Polls have officially opened across the country and millions of Canadians are expected to cast their ballots in this country’s 43rd federal election, which many experts believe will result in a hung Parliament.

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Manitoba Hydro Staff Working on Storm Clean-Up Can Vote Near Jobsites

Manitoba Hydro Staff Working on Storm Clean-Up Can Vote Near Jobsites

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An early winter storm with heavy wet snow caused fallen trees, many on cars, and power lines in Winnipeg early Friday morning, October 11, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG — Manitoba Hydro workers tasked with storm clean-up and power restoration across the province will be allowed to vote in Monday’s federal election.

Hydro says its workers will be able to cast ballots at polling stations in affected areas after working out a plan with Elections Canada.

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Heat Rises as Trudeau, Scheer Exchange Fire in Climate Fight on Campaign Trail

Heat Rises as Trudeau, Scheer Exchange Fire in Climate Fight on Campaign Trail

By Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses a crowd at a Liberal fundraiser in Brampton, Ont., on Thursday, September 5, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov)

OTTAWA — Long-simmering political differences over climate change boiled over into a series of personal attacks between the Liberal and Conservative leaders on the campaign trail Tuesday.

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau characterized his Conservative opponent Andrew Scheer as a do-nothing denier of climate change, lumping him in with other political opponents such as Jason Kenney and Doug Ford, the Alberta and Ontario premiers.

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One Week Down, Four-and-a-Half to Go in Federal Election Campaign

One Week Down, Four-and-a-Half to Go in Federal Election Campaign

By The Canadian Press

Justin Trudeau
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is joined by Liberal candidate Kim Rudd as he makes a whistle-stop in Cobourg, Ont., on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

OTTAWA — The federal election campaign marks a milestone today: one week down, four-and-a-half to go.

The first week has seen Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau criss-cross the country. He launched his campaign in Vancouver, and continued with swings through Quebec, Ontario and the Atlantic provinces. He has appearances scheduled today in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

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Conservatives Promise Tax Cut That They Say Will Address Liberal Increases

Conservatives Promise Tax Cut That They Say Will Address Liberal Increases

By The Canadian Press

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Federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer and his wife Jill leave a campaign announcement in Surrey, B.C. on Sunday, September 15, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn)

SURREY, B.C. — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer continued making a pitch to voters via their pocketbooks Sunday with the promise of a new tax cut.

Scheer says the cut would apply to the lowest income bracket, slicing the rate from 15 per cent to 13.75 per cent.

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Liberal Election Plane Damaged in Victoria After Media Bus Drives Under Wing

Liberal Election Plane Damaged in Victoria After Media Bus Drives Under Wing

By The Canadian Press

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Members of the media inspect the wing from Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s campaign plane after being struck by the media bus following landing in Victoria, B.C., on Wednesday, Sept.11, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick)

VICTORIA — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s election plane sustained some damage in Victoria after a media bus drove under one of its wings Wednesday night.

The plane had just landed in the British Columbia capital after transporting Trudeau, his team and several journalists travelling with the campaign across the country for Day 1 of the federal election race.

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Federal Election Campaign Underway with Leaders in Ontario, Quebec and B.C.

Federal Election Campaign Underway with Leaders in Ontario, Quebec and B.C.

By The Canadian Press

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addresses a crowd at a Liberal fundraiser in Brampton, Ont., on Thursday, September 5, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov)

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau has kicked off his bid for re-election after emerging from Rideau Hall to ask Gov. Gen. Julie Payette to dissolve Parliament.

With that starts a 40-day campaign that will see the Liberal leader make the pitch to Canadians that he should be given a second term.

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