If you don’t know yet, next month Canadians will elect its prime minister. Stephen Harper is the actual prime minister and he has called an election for the next month (October 14th, 2008). You maybe ask yourself why he did this. Actually, his party (Conservative Party) doesn’t have majority on the parliament and then, he said that he cannot govern Canada without a majority. What a lot of people don’t know is that last year he created the pre-fixed election law (which was supposed to happens only in 2009, not 2008).
What did he say? He said that his law is only when the prime minister has the majority – which is not the case right now. The other parties involved (specially the Liberal party) did not like his decision (then, you ask yourself again: why??? Well, the leader of the Liberal party – Stephane Dion is not quite well known in Canada and with an election now, his possibilities of being elected are not good.
Anyway, apart of the parties, I want to point out that as an immigrant you can vote in Canada ONLY if you have your citizenship. If you still have the Permanent Resident Card you can’t vote. Next month we will have a debate with the candidates involved. But before the debate comes, you can watch them being interviewed by Peter Mansbridge at The National. I think every week we have a candidate. They’re answering questions from Canadians from different parts of Canada. It is a live show and then you can see their reactions when the question arrives. As of today, only one candidate was interviewed: Jack Leiton from the NDP Party. The next one will be Elizabeth May from the Green Party.
I will update this page with the links of the respective candidates as soon as they’re being interviewed.