Federal Election 2011 Name: _______Lindsey Purves_______ 1. What is the date of the federal election? May 2 2011 a. Who do you believe will be our next PM? Michael Ignatieff b. Why? He is the leader of the party closest to the center of the political spectrum that is not the current party in power. 2. What riding do you live in? Wetaskiwin 3. List the people who are running for Member of Parliament in your riding, along with their party affiliation and the party leader. Candidate Party Party Leader Green Elizabeth MayRobert JohnstonChris Anderson Liberals Michael Ignatieff Conservatives Stephen HarperBlaine CalkinsTim Robson NDP Jack Layton 3. Based on what you have learned the last 2 classes, where do you think you fall on the political and economic spectrum (right or left?) Why do you think this – what ideas make the most sense?I would fall slightly to the right because there are some left ideals (change, freedom,security, power and authority) and the right’s morals (gov’t involvement, equality,human nature, justice, economic intervention, arts and culture) that I agree/believein. 4. Complete the Vote Compass survey on the CBC website to find out its recommendation for which party platform you most support (according to their question set).Paste 2 screenshots below of your position on the economic and politicalspectrum.
a. Your overall left vs. right position.b. Choose 3 issues to set as “important” and recalculate your position.
5. Go to the Globe and Mail’s website and read through Party Platforms highlights on 10 key issues for Canadians. a. If you were able to vote in this election which party would you vote for and why? You must, make reference to 3 key issues written about in the Globe and the component of your party’s platform you most agree with. Explanations of why these ideas appeal and make sense to you must be included. Crime – Conservative because I believe in harsh punishments for bad crimes Health – NDP because they want to get things done that will help now Defence – Conservative because they want to increase security and I believe it will make life much better to be prepared for an attack like 9/11 I would vote for the conservatives because they like to get things done moreso than the other parties.