NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: DAY NINE: Platforms (part one)

There’s little chance that Jack Layton will get a fair reading of his platform and people’s response to it from the mainstream Canadian media. A great example of this is a sleazy little piece written by Gloria Galloway, who’s covering the NDP campaign for the right leaning Globe and Mail. She chooses to lead off her article by insinuating ...

NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: DAY SEVEN: "It’s Why Your Tuition Keeps Going up!"

In a memorable rant Rick Mercer lays out a host of reasons those between the ages of 18 and 25 should get out and vote in the coming May 2 election. For starters there’s 3 million such voters which is more than enough to have a massive effect on the results. For seconds the powers that ...

NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: DAY SIX: Ignamentum!

Okay, so I’ve coined a silly word and am probably jumping the gun on this. Michael Ignatieff has only a smidgen of momentum but it’s a good start for a guy who has been unable to get any for almost three years now. According to pollster Nik Nanos, Iggy’s improved Leadership Index Score, a compendium of ...

NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: DAY FIVE: Trying To Keep Up

With five parties vying for Canadians votes — the Bloc of course restricted to the province of Quebec where they will likely to retain or at least be in contention for approximately one sixth of the seats available in Canada — there are a lot of narratives to pay attention to. Starting with Michael Ignatieff ...

NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: DAY FOUR: Things Get Interesting Early

I have had my heart set on going to the polls since last year when Harper, our Evangelical Christian PM, reverted to form once again and started cramming his beliefs into Canadian policy. For me it began when he and his party decided to deny  funding for maternal health care to organizations that included abortion services in their health care options. This ...