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Federal Election 2015
2015 Federal Election

The Results Are In!
Council President Allan Teichman and Executive Director Arden R. Ryshpan reflect on the election, and the future of arts and culture as a key government issue here.

The Issue is Black or White:
Vote Arts & Culture
Council President Allan Teichman and Executive Director Arden R. Ryshpan talk to the Equity membership here.

Arts and Culture Platforms
Click below to see what is in each party's Arts and Culture platform.
Bloc Québécois
Conservative (pages 129 to 133)
Green (pages 4 and 5)
Liberal (pages 56 to 58)
NDP (pages 52 and 70)

CBC Poll Tracker
From CBC polls analyst and found Éric Grenier, find out which parties are gaining or losing support in the polls, who would win with the most seats if an election were held today, what's happening in the regions and how that compares to the last election, and a complete list of polls.

Inside the Fall 2015 EQ Magazine, you will find special federal election materials. Get active in your theatre and your arts community and add this poster to your rehearsal call board or wherever you think it will have an impact. (French version available here). Vote Arts & Culture. Vote Change!
Equity Speaks Out on the 2015 Federal Election
A statement from Council President Allan Teichman and Executive Director Arden R. Ryshpan is available here.

2015 Budget Analysis: 2015 Federal Budget
Culture and arts still a low priority for the government. Continue reading here

Globe and Mail Debate Breakdown
Summa Strategies has provided a detailed analysis of the September 17th Globe and Mail leaders' debate which can be found here.

Canada's 42nd Federal Election has Officially Begun
With the date set for October 19th, this 78-day campaign will be the longest in modern Canadian history. It is also the first time Thomas Mulcair and Justin Trudeau are running as leaders of their respective parties. Rounding out the firsts, most polls show each party has a real shot at winning with some very exciting regional battles, so #elxn42 is shaping up to be a legitimate three-way race (Link to Abacus poll).

The team at Summa Strategies will keep you updated as the election unfolds, providing regular insights and analysis over the course of this lengthy campaign.

Here are a few points to get you started:

New Candidates:There are 30 new ridings in this election, bringing the total number of ridings across the country to 338. At the time of this note, the Liberals have nominated the most candidates (303/338), followed by the Conservatives (294/338) and the NDP (263/338). It is still possible to nominate candidates during an election period, so expect to see many nomination meetings happening in the next few weeks. Also close to 100 current MPs are not running again so regardless of who wins, there will be a lot of new faces on Parliament Hill."
Spending Limits: Now that the campaign period has officially begun, there is a limit on what political parties can spend. However, the lengthened writ period also means the spending cap is higher than that of an average 37 day campaign. How much higher? In a 37 day campaign (much like what we had in 2011), spending would be capped at $25 million. That limit is now over $52M for a 78-day campaign. Spending limits are also in effect for third-party advertisers during a writ period; no more than (approx.) $400,000 can be spent over the course of the campaign."

In order to provide Equity members with federal election 2015 information and analysis, Equity has partnered with Summa Strategies, a independent consultancy and government relations firm. Updates and analysis generously shared by Summa Strategies will be posted online and available to Equity members up until election day on October 19.
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