Canada Votes 2006

The Canadian federal election is called for January 23, 2006.

Whack the PM!

Seems there is another "strategic voting" site that ran during the 2004 and 2006 elections as well. Whack the PM from The James Gang has you clicking on the leader you least like, then your postal code, and it recommends you who to vote for in your riding to vote against that party.

Results from by-elections: London North Centre and Repentigny

By-elections were called in Repentigny (Quebec) and London North Centre (Ontario) for November 27, 2006. The ridings returned the candidate from the incumbent party in both cases.

Preliminary Results follow

2006 By-elections: November 27, 2006

By-elections have been called in Repentigny (Quebec) and London North Centre (Ontario) for November 27, 2006. Close of nominations for candidates was November 6, 2006.

London North Center

Will Arlow (Canadian Action Party)
Robert Ede (Independent)
Dianne Haskett (Conservative Party of Canada)
Steve Hunter (Progressive Canadian Party)
Elizabeth May (Leader of the Green Party of Canada)
Glen Pearson (Liberal Party of Canada)
Megan Walker (New Democratic Party)

Repentigny

Mahmood Raza Baig (Canadian Action Party)
Réjean Bellemare (New Democratic Party)
Stéphane Bourgon (Conservative Party of Canada)
Raymond Gravel (Bloc Québécois)
Jocelyne Leduc (Independent)
Régent Millette (Independent)
Christian Turenne (Liberal Party of Canada)

Hon. MP Bill Siksay on copyright legislation in Canada

Responding to an edited letter sent by me through Digital Copyright Canada's "Send a letter to your member of parliament" campaign, the Honourable MP Bill Siksay of Burnaby-Douglas has kindly sent me the following reply.

Dear Mr. Lee,

Thank you for your most recent letter about copyright legislation in Canada. As I have stated before, copyright is always a difficult balancing act between the fair use of the consumer and fair remuneration for artists. What has made the issue more difficult is the explosive growth of digital technologies in recent years.

Burnaby-Douglas MP Bill Siksay Re-elected

The Honourable MP Bill Siksay (NDP), who signalled the will to oppose Bill C-60 in the last Parliament, has also been re-elected by the people of Burnaby-Douglas in Canada's 39th General Election.

Related: "Looking at some specific results"

ITBusiness: After-election coverage..

ITBusiness has a few articles relating to the changes brought on by the election.

Bloggers take some credit for defeat of Liberal who pushed copyright reform

A Canadian Press article by Mike Oliveira (Canada.com version) discusses how BLOG affected Sam Bulte's attempt at re-election.

Reported in the Toronto Star, her exit words were about as well thought out as some of her anger at the broader creative community during her campaign.

"What do you expect me to say? I have no thoughts. You run on your record and the people decide for change," she said.

When asked about her thoughts on a minority government, she said, "To be frank, I don't care. I dedicated my life to the people and to the riding and they decided. It's great; it's a democracy."

Bulte, a lawyer, said she will return to her practice.

"According to everybody, I did nothing. You work so hard and devote your heart and soul and the people have chosen. So good luck to the NDP. Good luck to Peggy Nash and good luck to the country."

Fair election results would tell a different story

Fair Vote Canada - January 24, 2006 - News Release

ELECTION 2006: ANOTHER CASE OF ELECTORAL DYSFUNCTION

VOTING SYSTEM REWARDS SEPARATISTS, PUNISHES WESTERN LIBERALS, URBAN CONSERVATIVES, NEW DEMOCRATS, AND GREENS

Once again, Canada’s antiquated first-past-the-post system wasted millions of votes, distorted results, severely punished large blocks of voters, exaggerated regional differences, created an unrepresentative Parliament, and may possibly have even given us the wrong government.

The chief victims of the January 23 federal election were:

- Western Liberals: In the prairie provinces , Conservatives got three times as many votes as Liberals did, but won nearly ten times as many seats. In Alberta , the Conservative Party won 100% of the seats with 65% of the votes. The 500,000 Albertans who voted otherwise elected no one.

Bloggers happy about the exit of Hollywood's Sam Bulte

There are many BLOGS writing about this, and I'll provide a few links.

Canada Votes 2006: Next steps with new government

We have many new MPs that we will want to meet. As we saw with the very few answers to the questions we asked, we also have to better contact the members of parliament that are returning.

As soon as we have a new list of contact email addresses for MPs I will put this online. If you have suggestions for a letter to be sending to MPs please join the mailing list.

Here are some key 2006 election pages that were linked from the right-column during the election.

Canada Votes 2006

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