Federal Election 2008

    
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  Federal Election 2008
October 16, 2008
  Election proceeds as expected, not much changes for studentsPDF files may take a moment to load

Another federal election is over and not much has changed for Canadians. The Conservative party won another minority government with 142 seats Tuesday night. The Liberals lost 20 seats overall while the Conservatives gained 16 and the New Democrats five.

Harper's call for support pulled through after he announced that he expected a minority government, but was not sure who would be in the lead.

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October 09, 2008
  Polling on campus a bittersweet victoryPDF files may take a moment to load

Students at the University of Calgary have scored a victory when it comes to having a federal polling station on campus. The poll in the dining centre located near the residence buildings, will be open for regular electoral hours Oct. 14.

Unfortunately, it's only for residence students. Students who live in the Calgary-West riding will have to go to their designated off-campus polling stations along with any student who lives outside of the Calgary-West riding.

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October 09, 2008
  The 40th Federal Election Drinking GamePDF files may take a moment to load

Canadian federal politics are boring. You know it. We know it. But you have to find out who won, right? Well, the people that brought you the Sarah Palin-to-English Translator, Russian Federal "Election" Bingo and Where in the World is Walter Mondale? are back with a way to make enduring TV coverage of the federal election fun- a drinking game! Simply drink when a phrase is used or a person appears and you can be a winner, just like the Non-Partisan League! [Editor's Note: The Gauntlet does not endorse the Non-Partisan League.

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October 09, 2008
  Calgary's ridings in briefPDF files may take a moment to load

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Four candidates will compete for a Parliamentary seat in Calgary-Nose-Hill, the riding tied for the fewest contenders in the city. Long-time Conservative Member of Parliament and current Small Business and Tourism Secretary of State Diane Ablonsky returns to vie for a sixth term. Ablonsky garnered 68 per cent of the vote back in 2006. Her challengers include Liberal Anoush Newman, New Democrat Stephanie Sundberg and the Green Party's Tony Hajj, none of whom have any federal experience.

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October 09, 2008
  Student apathy on the risePDF files may take a moment to load

It is a common stereotype that when young people hear the word "government" their eardrums automatically turn the conversation to mute while their eyelids slowly grow heavy. Apathy is a common symptom shared by many young Canadians today and is becoming widespread.

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October 09, 2008
  Self-regulation insufficientPDF files may take a moment to load

In light of the recent listeriosis outbreak that led Maple Leaf Foods to voluntarily recall items produced at their Barton Road facility, food safety has come to the forefront this election. Canadians have had their confidence in the food supply shaken and want to know if their food is safe.

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October 09, 2008
  Helping those in needPDF files may take a moment to load

While the economy is making huge headlines in the upcoming election, the effects on poverty are almost ignored. Calgary-West candidates agreed it was a serious issue, but offered a variety of solutions.

Green Party candidate Randy Weeks calls the Conservatives' budget for social programs "scrooge-like" and accused the government of economic mismanagement.

"We forced a greater percentage of our population into poverty and created more social problems," he said.

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October 09, 2008
  Alberta's precious resource gets a second lookPDF files may take a moment to load

The tarsands and the Alberta economy are inextricably linked. The more oil dredged up from the sands, the better off our province is economically. In this federal election, many political parties are focusing on the environmental concerns that are affecting the nation, which the oil plants up north and being built in Saskatchewan affect every day.

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October 09, 2008
  Green research and development a common goalPDF files may take a moment to load

Green election promises are reaching a new high this year, with all parties tackling the environmental issue in their own way.

Calgary-West Liberal candidate Jennifer Pollock hopes to create an incentive for companies to buy green technology and for Canadians to retrofit their homes.

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October 09, 2008
  Health care in need of improvementPDF files may take a moment to load

As Canada's 2008 federal election campaign moves forward, candidates are expressing a need to improve the nation's health care systems.

Independent candidate Kirk Schmidt and Liberal Party candidate Jennifer Pollock of Calgary-West agree the overall quality of health care is good, but Canada still needs to address many serious health-care issues.

"There aren't sufficient services to offer to the people," said Pollock. "That's why we talk about wait lines. Once you get there, care is a B or B+."

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