Too close to call: political choice in Canada, 2004

Clarke, H. D., Kornberg, A., MacLeod, J. and Scotto, T. (2005) Too close to call: political choice in Canada, 2004. PS: Political Science and Politics, 38(2), pp. 247-253. (doi: 10.1017/S1049096505056386)

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Canada's June 28th, 2004, federal election was an exciting and, in several respects a surprising contest. One major surprise was the election campaign itself. Rather than being the predictable, boring event many commentators had anticipated, the campaign was a closely fought battle between a longtime governing party and a new opposition party that had been formed only six months before the election was called. A second surprise, at least for some observers, was turnout, with participation in a national election falling to the lowest level in Canadian history. A third, potentially very significant, surprise was the success of the separatist Bloc Québécois, accompanied by a resurgence of support for Quebec sovereignty. After the election, the future of Canada's national party system, indeed, the future of Canadian democracy, appeared more problematic than had been the case only a few months earlier.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Scotto, Professor Thomas
Authors: Clarke, H. D., Kornberg, A., MacLeod, J., and Scotto, T.
College/School:College of Social Sciences
Journal Name:PS: Political Science and Politics
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN (Online):1537-5935
Published Online:10 May 2005

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