Lets start here with two things we want to stand behind.
1) Vote Compass: Find the Political Party that meshes with Who you Are, and How you Role. Because, Vote Informed – Right!
Check out Vote Compass!
2) Vote Party… The Buzz Feed Quiz! Kind of like Vote Compass – but just for fun 😛 Vote Party: The Buzz Feed Quiz!
and now….. LINKS OF DEMOCRACY:
Our government is structured like this:
Every 4 years(ish), we get the chance to elect a new government or let the previous government stay in power. We do this by electing a representative of a particular political party (a Member of Parliament) from the area we live in to be our voice and further our interests and desires in the House of Commons. The MP is usually from either the Conservative Party, the Liberal Party, the New Democrats Party, the Green Party or the Bloc Quebecois. There are a lot more parties, but those are the main ones that usually hold at least one seat in the House.
One riding = one seat in the House.
There are a grand total of 308 seats to be won. Here’s the breakdown by province:
Alberta – 28 seats
British Columbia – 36 seats
Manitoba – 14 seats
New Brunswick – 10 seats
Newfoundland & Labrador – 7 seats
Northwest Territories – 1 seat
Nova Scotia – 11 seats
Nunavut – 1 seat
Ontario – 106 seats
Prince Edward Island – 4 seats
Quebec – 75 seats
Saskatchewan – 14 seats
Yukon – 1 seat
If you have the time, I’d suggest going to each party’s official website and reading their platform, or political stance, and plan for what they would push for, should they be elected.