It's the first official day of campaigning for Canadian political parties. So what do you need to know?
Well it's the first official day of campaigning for Canadian political parties.
So what do you need to know? I've decided to do a roundup of some pretty decent reads to kick you into campaign season.
NATIONAL POST: "Everything you need to know about the parties’ platforms, from taxes and terrorism to the environment"
This is a solid list of the major campaign issues and where each party stands. It's a good way to roundout party platforms.
CBC:"Canada election 2015: What day 1 tells us about the parties' campaigns"
Here, CBC breaks down all the aspects of the first comments as we delve headfirst into campaigning and what that'll mean on this very long road.
CBC: "Canada election 2015: Does calling an election save taxpayers money?"
This was a HUGE topic leading up to yesterday's decision to dissolve parliament. Harper said he decided for this long campaign so that it's not tax payer money being used, saying "the campaign's already started, so let's make it official and start operating under election rules. It's the right thing to do for taxpayers." But, it's not so straight forward, publicly funded "Elections Canada must spend tens of millions of dollars on top of the estimated $375 million it takes to run a 37-day campaign — some administration costs, such as campaign worker salaries, go up." And don't forget "taxpayers rebate up to 50 per cent of parties' election expenses and 60 per cent of an individual candidate's campaign costs, if they garner sufficient voter support."
TORONTO STAR: "Federal election sure to be nasty, expensive and long"
If you missed the leaders speeches this article has them nicely clipped and separated. There's also a pretty good graphic which shows the historical lengths of federal elections.
TORONTO STAR: "NDP surges past Conservatives, Liberals in latest poll"
This seems to be the first poll results since the hullabaloo on Sunday and was conducted only hours after parliament was dissolved. Polls change and all, so don't assume an NDP government, but there is definitely some lessons to take away from it. "About four in 10 Canadians surveyed (39 per cent) said they would cast their ballot for the NDP if an election were held today." Also interesting because the poll found a distinct gender gap in the Conservative vote, which attracts more than a third of male voters (34 per cent) but fewer than a quarter of women (22 per cent). The gap works the other way for the NDP: 35 per cent of male voters and an even higher 42 per cent of women."
GLOBE AND MAIL: "Five things to know about the federal election campaign"
For those of us more visually inclined, here' a quick little video from the G&M which breaks down some of the information if you want to quickly know the basics now.
LOCALLY-- CKOM: "Graphic: List of urban Sask. federal candidates"
(Self promotion much? I know) We show you where the six urban ridings are (yxe and yqr) and who your candidates are. It's also handy because you can click the name to head to the candidates website. In total, there are 14 in the province, here's the full map.
LOCALLY - CBC "By the numbers: 2015 election candidates in Saskatchewan"
Some interesting tidbits of knowledge to impress your friends over beers during the campaigning.
So there you go. The longest campaign in Canada since 1872 has begun. Enjoy!
Kelly Geraldine Malone is a freelance journalist, podcaster, and radio producer based out of Manitoba, Canada