After 11 long weeks – to many, it's seemed like 11 months – Election Day 2015 approaches and the end of the federal campaign is mercifully in sight. We’ve listened to the leaders’ pitches, followed the debates, watched the ads and tried to sift through the promises – now it’s time for us to decide which party will form the next government.
Leaders of the contending parties will spend their remaining time campaigning furiously in a desperate bid to win the support of the last undecided voters. Now's a good time to look at where each party stands with just days to go before their fate is determined.
Campaign Overview: Justin Trudeau should be commended for running a solid campaign, overcoming early suggestions that he was all style and no substance. The Liberals, who now enjoy a solid lead at the polls, started slowly but managed to build momentum throughout the campaign, aided in no small part to Trudeau’s superb campaigning skills and solid showings in the debates. The party’s main success has been its ability to successfully convey their key message to voters: change is necessary and the Liberals have best plan for the future. Voters, it seems, just weren’t that interested in heeding any warnings about the huge deficits that will likely incur as a result of the grand Liberal scheme.
What Oct. 19 could look like: If the polls are to be believed, the Liberals appear poised to win at least a minority government. However, if they manage to draw significant support from the centre-left, capture all the undecided voters, and steal a few key Tory seats, they still might manage to eke out enough seats to win a majority.
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