On Monday night, Canadians will decide which political party they want to control their government. Members of the center-left Liberal Party are projected to take a plurality of the seats in Parliament, meaning that Justin Trudeau, the Liberal Party's leader, would unseat conservative Stephen Harper as prime minister. Canada's pundits predict that Trudeau's party will not lock down that 170 seats needed to secure a majority in Parliament.
The other main challenger for Harper is New Democratic Party Leader Thomas Mulcair. For those who can only understand other countries' politics through the prism of U.S. presidential elections, Mulcair has drawn comparisons to Sen. Bernie Sanders. Trudeau, the 43-year-old son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, has been compared at turns to John F. Kennedy and Hillary Clinton because of his youth and pragmatic politics, respectively.
For those sick of following U.S. politics, Canada's election—with its quaint notions of what constitutes a "long" election cycle, and its much more restrictive campaign finance laws—may provide a much-needed break. An added bonus: Canadian political reporters appear, on the whole, to be much more pleasant people than their American counterparts. Hey, some stereotypes exist for a reason!