Political Parties

Male, S. (2007). Democracy for Dummies.National Film Board of Canada. https://www.nfb.ca/film/democracy_4_dummies/. This documentary is a comedic interpretation of a Green Party candidate’s adventure in campaigning.  This video is a very aspiring and fun look into how a candidate’s journey during a federal political campaign can be challenging and inspirational at the same time.

  • What are some of the challenges that Dylan Perceval-Maxwell faced during the campaign?
  • Who ultimately won in his riding and why?

Henderson, A.& Klein, B.S. (1979).The Right Candidate for Rosedale.National Film Board of Canada.

https://www.nfb.ca/film/right_candidate_for_rosedale/. This video is a personalized depiction into the campaign, the nomination process, the competition, and the electoral process from a liberal candidate’s point of view in the late 1970s.

  • What strategies did Ann Cool use to run against a preferred candidate?
  • How did the nomination process work in 1978?

Raymont, P. (1977). Flora : Scenes from a Leadership Convention. National Film Board of Canada. https://www.nfb.ca/film/flora_scenes_from_a_leadership_convention/. This documentary focusses on the 1976 Progressive Conservative Leadership race, with an emphasis on Flora MacDonald’s campaign.

  • What are some of the challenges and negative feedback Flora MacDonald faced during her campaign?
  • Who were MacDonald’s competitors and how did they compare to her during the campaign?

The Agenda with Steve Paikin. (2014). Is the Party Over for Party Politics?YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAcFHiPqKdk. Steve Paikin examines the decline of political party membership and whether or not it is still a significant tool in promoting democracy in Canada.

  • Why are citizens losing faith in political parties?
  • How close are political parties coming to losing support in Canada?

C-Span. (2015).Canadian Party Leaders Debate.C-Span. https://www.c-span.org/video/?327486-1/debate-canadian-party-leaders. This video is of one of the party leaders debates leading to the 19 October 2015 election. This particular debate surrounds topics relating to foreign policy, the economy, and the environment.

  • Who came out as the winner in this debate? Why?

Global News.(2015). Canadian Party Leaders Debate 2019.YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-Jg-yCVvto. This video is a six party leader’s debate from the2019 elections.

  • What was the main vision of each political party?
  • What arethe social policies that are important to each of the individual parties?

Swerhone, E. (1986). Tommy Douglas: Keeper of the Flame. National Film Board of Canada. https://www.nfb.ca/film/tommy_douglas_keeper_of_the_flame/. As the father of medicare and former leader of the NDP, Tommy Douglas is clearly one of the greatest Canadian figures of all time. This documentary catches a glimpse of his life, his politics, and social causes.

  • What was Tommy Douglas’s vision of Canada?
  • What were some of the challenges he faced from the opposition?

CBC News. (2018). “How Canada’s Political Party Leaders can win over votes,”The Power Panel.YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvE9WDGcpVY. This power panel discusses the strength of political party leaders and their ability to win over votes in federal elections.

  • What makes a good political party leader?

The Agenda with Steve Paikin.(2017). Canada’s Political Divides?YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OLDhRtyX7c. This chapter touches on political ideology vis-à-vis political parties and this video discusses how the country is divided in terms of political ideology and the effect of political divisions.

  • Why is there a strong political division among ideology and political parties in Canada?
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