Friday, 31 July 2015

The Only Reason for an Early Election Call Is in Order to Spend More on Advertising

Don't get me wrong: there have been times in my life when I just loved political campaigns.  Hard to explain, but the kind of rush a political junkie gets after the writs are dropped and the canvassing begins is amazing.

This time, though, I'm simply angry that Stephen Harper will start the 2015 Canadian Federal election campaign next week, six weeks earlier than necessary.  The only reason for him to do this is because his Conservatives have a lot more money than any other party, and will be able to spend it on lots and lots of advertising.  To counter that is going to take a lot of work on the part of people who are fed up with Harper and his agenda to make Canada a different country from the one that has been admired around the world.

I won't mince words: polls now suggest that Thomas Mulcair and the New Democratic Party have an excellent chance of winning,  but they don't have the  same war chest that the Conservatives do, particularly in Quebec.  You probably saw the news reports last week about the difficulties many riding associations are having coming up with enough money to run a decent local campaign. The July 23 story in The Globe and Mail puts it bluntly: "vulnerable Quebec New Democrats are at risk of being outspent by opponents."

So consider this an appeal for contributions--to your local campaign, the federal Canada-wide one, and other ones that are going to need help from outside. There  are several campaigns that I think deserve extra help: here are five of them.

First of all,  those of two young women who were among the surprise NDP victors in 2011, and who have done great jobs in Ottawa: Ruth-Ellen Brosseau (Berthier-Maskinogé, Deputy critic for agriculture) and Laurin Liu (Rivière de Mille isles, Deputy critic for science and technology ). 

Then there are three campaigns outside of Montreal where the NDP incumbent is not running again: those of Danielle Landreville (Joliette), Brigitte Sansoucy (Saint Hyacinthe-Bagot) and Hans Marotte (St. Jean)

Federal election laws allow each citizen and permanent resident to give $1,500 a year to a Federal political party and $1,500 to local riding associations.  These contributions are eligible for a sizeable tax credit. For example a $100 donation works out to only $25 after the credit.  Were you to give $50 to each of the five campaigns mentioned above plus your local campaign,  your  total cost would be $75.  Were you to give an additional $100 to the federal campaign, your total cost for all the contributions would be $100.

The easiest way to contribute to  local campaigns in Quebec is on-line at

For a donation to the country-wide Federal campaign, see!step1

Or if you like, write a cheque: if you live in Montreal, I'll come and pick it up.  Please feel free to call me at 514 276-9257, or write me at

To find out more about these candidates:

Ruth Ellen Brosseau,  Berthier-Maskinogé, Deputy critic for agriculture

Laurin Liu, Rivière de Mille isles, Deputy critic for science and technology

Running to replace current NDP MPs.

Brigitte Sansoucy: Saint Hyacinthe-Bagot

Danielle Landreville: Joliette,-nouvelle-candidate-pour-le-NPD-dans-Joliette/1

Hans Marotte:St-Jean


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the 'heads up' Mary. I will be donating to my local NDP candidate.

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lagatta à montréal said...

I'm anxious to find out who the NDP candidate in Papineau will be. I was so sad when the person chosen was "resigned", supposedly due to having stood for Option nationale (while Maria Mourani had been a Bloc MP). I doubt anyone could unseat Trudeau fils, but it would be nice to see. Though keeping the Cons shut out from Montréal is even more important.

I'm not particularly concerned about my MP, Alexandre Boulerice, who has done a smashing job in the riding and in Parliament. He won an absolute majority in 2011. The only thing that could harm him would be a comeback by the Bloc, and I really don't see that happening.