2 056 001 canadiere har allerede forhåndsstemt før valgdagen i dag. The Toronto Star har en liste med 41 ting du ikke visste om valgdagen, mine favoritter:
The Twitter election, with Canadians tweeting like mad about politics under the hashtag #elxn41. Social media analyst Mark Blevis tracked the top five issues of conversation on the fast-moving medium. They were, in descending order: taxes, Harper’s question limit for reporters, coalition, Conservative screening of rally attendees and health care.
Running on “fun in the sun.” Two long-shot NDP candidates made news for heading south during the campaign instead of door-knocking. The NDP candidate in Ajax-Pickering was reportedly at an all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean, while a Quebec candidate spent the first part of the campaign working at a student bar three hours away from her riding and then took off to Las Vegas. Layton stood by their decisions to keep their previously booked trips and blamed it on the lack of fixed-date elections.
Conservatives in contempt — of fruit. Each time the Tory campaign plane lifts off into the air, staffers roll a piece of fruit (orange, apple, cantaloupe, watermelon) from the front of the plane to the rear of the aircraft, where they’ve erected a miniature hockey net.
The first zinger of the televised debates came early, in the first one-on-one exchange between Duceppe and Harper. “I would like first like to congratulate Mr. Harper for answering a question from a citizen for the first time in this campaign,” Duceppe said, a jab at Harper’s bubble campaign.
Grunnen til at Canada holder valg er at tidligere statsminister Stephen Harper tapte ett mistillitsforslag i parlamentet, noe som aldri før har skjedd. Det forrige valget vant de konservative med 37,65% av stemmene og det ligger an til at de skal beholde makten selv etter nyvalg.
Av de tre ‘stolpene’ er den lengst til høyre den siste foretatte målingen. Hvis dette står seg vil de konservative tape plasser, de liberale vil tape noen, Bloc Quebecois vil halvere plassene sine, New Democrat vil nesten doble antall plasser og de grønne vil gå tilbake noe.