The Canadian General Election of 2000

The Canadian General Election of 2000

The Canadian General Election of 2000

The Canadian General Election of 2000

Synopsis

Many saw it as a gamble for Jean Chretien: against the advice of party members, he called an early election. But the gamble paid off, and the Liberal Party cruised to their third straight majority government.

The Canadian General Election of 2000 is the authoritative study of the campaign and election. As with previous volumes in the Canadian General Election series, the 2000 edition includes analyses of:

  • the campaigns of all five major parties
  • the roles of the print and electronic media, including the internet
  • the pre-election polls
  • voting behaviour across the country

Articles are contributed by some of the most recognizable political writers, commentators, and pollsters, including: Edward Greenspon., Stephen Clarkson, Faron Ellis, Alan Whitehorn, Peter Woolstencroft, Andre Bernard, Paul Attallah, Mary McGuire, Janice Neil, Michael Marzolini, and Andre Turcotte.

Excerpt

If there is no comeback by the Conservatives, and no breakthrough by Reform, the Liberals will be left as the only national party in Canada. Under this possibility, the party may establish itself in a hegemonic governmental position well into the next century.

— Introduction, the canadian general election of 1993

In some ways, the 1997 election was a logical extension of the results of the 1993 election.

— Introduction, the canadian general election of 1997

The Canadian General Election of 2000 presents a puzzle of interpretation. in one sense, it resembles closely its predecessors of 1993 and 1997, which resulted in two majority Liberal governments. the Liberal victory in 2000 means the continuation of the dominance of that party, reasserting its control of the Federal Government for a third straight term in office. It appears unassailable, free to enact as much or as little legislation as it wishes, free to brush off opposition criticisms and ignore minor scandals, free to even now position itself to win a 2003/4 election by selecting the agenda for public discussion in the intervening years.

In another sense, however, it is easy to believe that Canadian federal politics is in a state of transition. a plurality of the public may not have seen an urgent reason to vote for change in 2000, but such a state of mild satisfaction will not last forever. the seeds of discontent are there: a faltering economy in 2001, continuing public disquiet with the state of social programmes, persistent feelings of regional grievance underlying the seeming acceptance of the status quo. There is a general expectation that something is going to happen — the question is, “What?”

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