O'Toole and Trudeau smile during the federal election French-language leaders debate on Sept. 8, 2021 in Gatineau, Que. (Justin Tang/CP)

Where the parties stand on debate day: 338Canada

Philippe J. Fournier: The latest election projection sees the parties deadlocked. But the Conservatives may have reached their ceiling early in the campaign.

Trudeau and O'Toole during the French-language leaders debate, on Sept. 8, 2021 in Gatineau, Que. (/Justin Tang/CP)

The first leaders debate: The battle for small advantages

Stephen Maher: Trudeau and O’Toole—two leaders fighting for their political careers—stood out in a debate that may have been short on substance but not drama

O'Toole and his wife, Rebecca, board their campaign plane for a flight to Hamilton, Ont. on Aug. 25, 2021 in Ottawa (Ryan Remiorz/CP)

338Canada: The Conservatives surge, the Liberals slide

Philippe J. Fournier: The latest 338 projection shows the Liberals falling two seats per day since the campaign began. The Conservatives are the new favourites.


Pour Un Quebec Lucide

INSTAUPDATE: WHOOPS, just noticed Phil already blogged this. What he said.

The best speeches from the campaign trail

Each party leader has picked their favourite speech. Read the full text here.


While campaigning on April 10 in Métabetchouan-Lac-à-La-Croix, QC, Bloc québécois leader Gilles Duceppe promised to usher in a five-step strategy aimed at supporting Quebec’s farmers:


Eliminate two-week waiting period for EI, increasing benefit rate to 60%

The Bloc Quebecois has promised to amend Canada’s Employment Insurance Act by eliminating the two-week waiting period and increasing the benefit rate to 60 per cent of wages earned. The Bloc will also look into extending the EI program to the self-employed.


$2.2 billion in compensation for Quebec’s sales tax harmonization

The Bloc Québécois is asking the federal government to pay Quebec $2.2 billion in compensation for having harmonized the federal and provincial sales taxes in 1992. Ontario and British Columbia received similar compensation for introducing the HST.


Federal support for the forestry industry

The Bloc Québécois wants the federal government to reduce the eligibility requirements for employment insurance for forestry workers, as well as implement a system of tax credits and economic stimulus to help Quebec’s struggling forestry industry.

Projection puts Tories in majority, first time since 2008

Conservatives in line to elect 157 MPs according to LISPOP


Mitchel Raphael on NDP hijinks at the xmas party and why some tories boycotted theirs

Jack gets worried, Bloc MP almost loses the farm and Attractive politician arrives


Paying for the Bloc

Taxpayers across Canada are paying, disproportionately, to fund a party dedicated to the country’s destruction