On Oct. 21 or in advanced polling, students will be making a choice at the ballot box, but many wonder who they will vote for and we are here to help with resources.
Who do I vote for?
We all like Internet quizzes, right? Check out CBC’s Vote Compass — a really easily and quick quiz to match you with a party that could match your personal political beliefs, or the closest.
IGNITE, your student union, is also holding a federal election discussion event on Oct. 16 that could provide an opportunity to talk to other students about their choices and why they will make them on election day.
But who’s running?
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is the current prime minister, or incumbent, and is the top executive of the federal government. He is only there because his party has a majority in the House of Commons.
Andrew Scheer’s Conservative Party is virtually tied with the Liberals and are the most likely of any party to knock out Trudeau’s team. The power of government has gone back and forth between red and blue since 1867.
Does anyone else matter? Well, in 2011, for the first time in Canadian history, the New Democratic Party came second place as the Liberals got obliterated at the ballot box and formed the Official Opposition.
Beyond the NDP, who sit at half-strength of the Liberals and Conservatives, there is the left-wing Bloc Québécois, dedicated to Quebec nationalism, and the new, controversial People’s Party of Canada.