We're here people, the day all of Canada has been waiting on for the past three months: election day. Like any good Canadian, you're obviously going out to vote today, if only to seem socially conscious and respectable like all of your friends on Facebook who have been posting "go vote" statuses. That's what we're here for.
To make sure all y'all actually go out and vote (if you don't know where your nearest voting station is, Google's special election day graphic will let you know) we're providing you with a brief rundown on all of the major parties involved in Canada's political showdown. Even if you followed zero parts of the election thus far, and regrettably missed all the awful campaign commercials, our guide will help you choose the party that fits your own personal policies best.
NDP - Thomas Mulcair
Hire 7,000 doctors, nurses and other health care professionals in community clinics.
Finance in-home care for 41,000 seniors.
Create 1 million new $15-a-day daycare spots.
Create 40,000 new jobs and paid internships.
Limit Bill C-51 which would allow the RCMP to spy on your personal data.
Green Party - Elizabeth May
Cancel student debts.
Provide free education.
Create a fund to reduce public debt.
Cancel the cuts to Radio-Canada.
Bring back door-to-door mail delivery.
Conservatives - Stephen Harper
Increase First-Nations' education budget by 25%.
Modify human rights laws to prevent discrimination.
Increase sentences for child aggressors and reinforce the sex offender registry.
Increase budget to fight street gangs.
Step up the war on terrorism.
Liberals - Justin Trudeau
Cancel budget cuts to Radio Canada.
Invest 20 million dollars over 10 years on public transportation.
Increase maximum scholarships limits.
Create 40,000 new jobs including 5,000 "green jobs".
Bring back door-to-door mail delivery.
Allow homosexuals to donate blood.
Bloc - Gilles Duceppe
Promote independence in Quebec and abroad.
Abolish TPS on books.
Cancel budget cuts for Radio Canada.
Make it illegal to have your face covered when working in the public service.
Most Quebecers agree that the term "systemic racism" is an "accurate way of describing the level of prejudice and discrimination" in the province, a survey by Leger for the Association for Canadian Studies shows.
66% of polled Quebecers either strongly or "somewhat" agreed with that sentiment. That's compared to a 67% average among provinces, according to the survey.
The survey results come after Premier François Legault doubled down on his rejection of the term.
On Wednesday, Legault accused opposition party leaders of trying to "win some points" by asking him about his thoughts on systemic racism.
"A majority of Quebecers are not as uncomfortable with the use of the term as the Premier would have us believe," Association for Canadian Studies CEO Jack Jedwab said in a statement shared with MTL Blog.
He said approval of the term was strongest among women, young people, people identifying as belonging to a visible minority group, and NDP, Green and Liberal supporters, but "majorities across all demographics and nearly all partisan identifiers regard the use of the term systemic racism to be an accurate description."
Leger contacted 1,537 Canadians between September 23 and 26 for the survey.
Quebec students would've also favoured the Liberals and helped them win a minority government — though a much slimmer one — if they were able to vote, according to Student Vote Canada.
If students were able to cast ballots in the federal election, the Liberals would have won 116 seats nationally, forming a minority government. The official opposition would be the New Democratic Party (NDP), with 106 seats.
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While the Liberals would have won the election, they would've lost the popular vote to the NDP.
In Quebec, the Liberals would've won 38 seats, with the Bloc Québécois in second place at 20. The NDP was much worse off in Quebec, winning only 9 seats.
The Student Vote is an educational program that runs at the same time as the official election with the goal of teaching young people how to participate in the electoral process. The students get to cast a ballot exactly like the real thing and the votes are then counted.
More than 700,000 students from across Canada participated in this election's Student Vote.