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10 Things Canadians Should Know About The 2015 Federal Election

Canada’s Federal election comes at a time of domestic and global uncertainty, with Canadians expressing concern over the environment, economic growth, civil liberties, increasing terror threats, and t

Canada’s Federal election comes at a time of domestic and global uncertainty, with Canadians expressing concern over the environment, economic growth, civil liberties, increasing terror threats, and the potential return of Rob Ford. Fortunately, there are a number of political parties campaigning to address these very concerns.

In an attempt to get their message across and persuade voters to generously donate, all major political parties have been flooding social media with campaign advertisements. And although these advertisements may be well intended, a few in particular have attracted the attention of Canadians for all the wrong reasons. For instance, the Conservative attack ads targeting the Liberals and NDP have been chastised for focusing on personality and not the issues, whilst the Liberals' latest advertisement had people asking less questions about the state of the economy and more questions on how Justin Trudeau managed to walk up the wrong escalator.

Trivial matters aside, this election could prove to be one of the most important and contested elections in Canada’s history. Because of that, it’s critical all Canadians become adequately informed and vote. This article will highlight the crucial factors that many Canadians may not know about this election, from the implications of the Fair Elections Act to the new rules in regards to campaign spending limits and how much money individuals can donate to their favored party.

10 Longest Election Campaign in Canadian History

quietmike.org

9 Canadians Can Donate More

Via donate.conservative.ca

8 New Electoral Districts and Boundary Changes

Via huffingtonpost.ca

7 Voters Can Register Online

Via ereg.elections.ca

6 Tactical Voting Will Play a Factor

Via ctv.ca

5 Conservatives Only Need 11 Additional Seats to Retain a Majority

4 New Voting Rules

3 Most Expensive Election in Canadian History

2 Debates Are Different

MACLEAN'S NATIONAL LEADERS DEBATE, TORONTO, ON, AUGUST 6TH, 2015. CREDIT: DILLAN COOLS/MACLEAN'S)

1 Undecided Voters

In the 2011 Federal election, voter turnout was 61%, and in British Columbia’s 2013 Provincial election it was under 40%. What these statistics prove is that there is a significant percentage of Canadians who feel apathetic towards the political system. And in all honesty, who can blame those who didn't vote? When politics is barely taught in school, when the politicians are corrupt, and when masses of people don't recognize the political system as having much impact on their lives, political apathy is inevitable.

However, it has to be stressed that politics is something everyone must be sufficiently informed about, as without it the lives we live today would be very different. Canadians who are unsure of how, or don’t feel inclined to vote should take into consideration that this is one of the most crucial elections in Canada’s history and that it takes very little time to become informed. Below is a list of links that are designed to help undecided voters become knowledgeable about the parties running and choose who to vote for.

votecompass.cbc.ca

canada.isidewith.com

Sources: huffingtonpost.com, ipolitics.ca, liberal.ca, elections.ca

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