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Political Science Research Guide: Federal Election 2019

Provides and introduction to key resources used when looking for research materials in the field of Political Science

Election News Sites

You can consult a number of News sites devoted to the 2019 Election:

Aggregate Polling Data for the 2019 Election

For aggregate polling data for the 2019 election consult:

Current Electoral News from CBC

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What You Need to Know for the 2019 Election

Start Preparing for Your Vote a Number of Ways

1. Read news reports on a daily basis. Remember to check more than one to ensure objectivity!

2. To learn how a party is doing, check out any number of Canadian Polling Sites.

3. To learn more about each party, visit Political Party Sites set up by Elections Canada and read their policy documents.

4. To learn about how to register, where to vote, etc, check out the information provided about Voting by Elections Canada.

5. Learn about the issues facing Students at the Canadian Federation of Students Home Page. 

6. Check out some really great additional resources listed directly below including information on how to target your vote for the most impact.

Learn Which Party’s Policies are Closest to Yours via Vote Compass

CBC created the CBC Vote Compass.  It consists of a questionaire and once you fill it out (it takes ten minutes) you are told which party is closest to you in terms of the policies you support. You can even chose which policies are more or less important to you.

Upon completion, your voting preference is laid out on a graph along with different political parties.  If you click on each party, you can learn what policies they are for and against and how it compares to your preferences.

Election Fact Checking 2019

If you want to learn whether claims or true or false, the best thing to do is to read multiple articles on an issue as they will  take into account different perspectives.  Another way to learn about true or false claims to use a third party Fact Check site (not one run by any political party). 

Each media outlet has vowed to check the accuracy of claims on a day to day basis and report on them in the news.   In addition a non-profit FACTSCAN will check the facts on claims and rate them. 

Student Vote 2019

Student Vote is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that aims to build the capacity and commitment of young Canadians to participate in their democracy.

Student Vote’s flagship program is a parallel election for students under the voting age, coinciding with official election periods. The program combines in-class learning, family dialogue, media consumption and an authentic voting experience. The purpose is to provide young Canadians with an opportunity to experience the democratic process firsthand and practice the habits of informed and engaged citizenship.

Student Vote is a great resource for those who are eager to encourage the youth vote in Canada.


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