Flawless campaign, fragile victory: voting in Canada's 2006 Federal Election

Clarke, H. D., Kornberg, A., Scotto, T. and Twyman, J. (2006) Flawless campaign, fragile victory: voting in Canada's 2006 Federal Election. PS: Political Science and Politics, 39(4), pp. 815-819. (doi: 10.1017/S1049096506060987)

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Canada's 23rd general election was held on January 23, 2006. Only 20 months earlier, on June 28, 2004, the governing Liberals—in power continuously since 1993—had been reduced to a minority in Parliament, winning 135 of 308 seats and 37% of the popular vote. Minority governments in Canada typically have quite short half-lives, and the Liberal government formed in 2004 was no exception. After narrowly avoiding defeat on its budget bill in May 2005, the government lost a vote of confidence in the House of Commons on November 28, and Canadians faced the prospect of a winter trek to the polls. And, since the holiday season was fast approaching, Election Day was deferred until late January, making the campaign an atypically long one by Canadian standards. It also proved to be a very exciting one.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Scotto, Professor Thomas
Authors: Clarke, H. D., Kornberg, A., Scotto, T., and Twyman, J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School
Journal Name:PS: Political Science and Politics
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN (Online):1537-5935
Published Online:29 September 2006

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