Elections and Voting

The Agenda with Steve Paikin. (2019). A Complex Liberal Minority Win.YouTube. https://www.tvo.org/video/election-2019-a-complex-liberal-minority-win. This video features a discussion and evaluation of the resultsof the most recent 2019 election (a liberal minority win).

  • What are your views on the election results? Is this what you had predicted?
  • Why did the Liberals only win a minority after holding on to a majority government for the last four years?

The Agenda with Steve Paikin. (2014). Changing the Voting Game.YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiyCj3IDlTg. This video offers a look into the possible implementation of the ranked ballot system as an electoral option in Ontario. This discussion gives information as well as possible success and failure factors if this system were to be introduced in Ontario.

  • What is a ranked ballot system and how does it differ from the current electoral system?

CBC News. (2019). Canada Votes CBC Election Night 2019 Special.YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYrY_945co0. This is a lengthy video on the actual Federal election night held in October of 2019.

  • How did the election results unfold over the course of the night?

Churchill, J. (1990).Democracy at Work - It’s Your Choice. National Film Board of Canada. https://www.nfb.ca/film/democracy_at_work_its_your_choice. This is a very informative video on the choices citizens are faced with during the course of an election, and the progression from election to representation. It also has a focus on the democratic mechanisms in place, as well as a historic breakdown of how democracy is perceived in Canada.

  • Are Canadian elections considered democratic? Give reasons to explain your response.

Biggs, J. (1961).William Lyon Mackenzie: A Friend to His Country. National Film Board of Canada. https://www.nfb.ca/film/william_lyon_mackenzie_friend_to_country. This documentary offers a historic account of journalist and politician William Lyon Mackenzie and his quest for upholding responsible government in Canada. Since responsible government is one of the pillars of representative democracy, this video is very fitting for this chapter.

  • What is responsible government and why is it significant in Canada?

Martin, K.&McKinnery, M. (1975).Eastern Graphic.National Film Board of Canada. https://www.nfb.ca/film/eastern_graphic. This documentary details a journalistic perspective of the 1974 provincial elections in PEI.

  • How did the newspaper play a role in reporting the elections?

The Agenda with Steve Paikin. (2015). Rallying the Strategic Vote.YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugENsQe7OJo. One of the most understated components of voting behaviour is the concept of strategic voting. This discussion examines the significance and relevance of strategic voting in determining election outcomes.

  • What is strategic voting and how does it affect the outcome of elections?
  • Is strategic voting a prominent action in Canada?

The Agenda with Steve Paikin. (2018). Debriefing the 2019 Federal Leader’s Debate.YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0omQnWeOpQ. This video analyzes the federal leader’s English language debate prior to the 2019 election.

  • Which political party leader was the best in getting their message across?
  • What were some of the challenges that minority party leaders faced during the debate?
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