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!
If you want to keep informed tonight about the Canadian election, here's a list of who to follow.
Justin Ling: Ling is a Vice News reporter covering, as he puts it, the "42nd Canadian federal dumpsterfire." He has written a solid primer on the basics of the Canadian electoral system, and why Americans should care about the outcome of the election.
Éric Grenier: Grenier is Canada's own Nate Silver. The name of his website, ThreeHundredEight.com, is both a take on Silver's FiveThirtyEight franchise, and a reference to the 308 districts, or "ridings," that comprise the Canadian electorate.
Final CBC Poll Tracker update: LPC 124-161 (37.2%), CPC 100-139 (30.9%), NDP 51-90 (21.7%), BQ 1-12 (5%), GPC 1 (4%) http://t.co/IctKjkxpw5— Éric Grenier (@308dotcom) October 19, 2015
Paul Wells, political editor at Macleans Magazine:
So, anything going on today?— Paul Wells (@InklessPW) October 19, 2015
Libs with 9-pt lead? Seems dubious. My prediction: I doubt Tories will win, but they'll do better than polls suggest http://t.co/iv45poq6cP— Jonathan Kay (@jonkay) October 19, 2015
Kady O'Malley, political reporter for the Ottawa Citizen:
Josh Wingrove, Parliament Hill reporter for Bloomberg:
Ah, Canada election day. Also known as EEEEEEEE-THE-WORLD-IS-PAYING-ATTENTION-TO-US-JEEZ-OK-STAY-CALM-BUT-FOR-REAL-THIS-IS-COOL day.— Josh Wingrove (@josh_wingrove) October 19, 2015
Althia Raj, the Ottawa bureau chief for The Huffington Post Canada. On Monday, Raj said she heard a left-leaning MP admit he would work with a conservative Tory minority, presumably working against the Liberal plurality:
I think I just heard NDP candidate Andrew Thomson suggests on CPAC that the NDP might work w a Conservative minority to make Parliament work— Althia Raj (@althiaraj) October 19, 2015
Tonda MacCharles, a parliamentary reporter for the Toronto Star:
Harper tells me "It's a nice blue sky today," when I asked how he felt about today. pic.twitter.com/BxMyqkWjHN— Tonda MacCharles (@TondaMacC) October 19, 2015
John Ibbitson, writer-at-large for the Globe and Mail and Harper biographer, who tweets with characteristically Canadian moderation:
I think I said MAYBE a majority. But the Liberals ran an amazing campaign. https://t.co/beUIfoOwO6— John Ibbitson (@JohnIbbitson) October 18, 2015
Rosemary Barton, national reporter for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation:
David Akin, Parliamentary bureau chief for Sun Media:
Chantal Hébert, Toronto Star political columnist and Francophone:
And the winner of the final week of the campaign is: the notion of a minority government: Hébert http://t.co/JAMqB8XjDN— chantal hébert (@ChantalHbert) October 17, 2015
Dale Smith, freelance reporter based in Ottawa:
Monique Muise, a digital reporter for the Global News in Ottawa:
I will be grateful when #elxn42 is finally over and we can back to focusing on things that really matter. Like Star Wars: The Force Awakens.— Monique Muise (@monique_muise) October 18, 2015
Jennifer Ditchburn, parliamentary reporter for the Canadian Press. It's hard not to chuckle when a Canadian political reporter complains about the "interminable" length of Canada's 78-day campaign:
Cormac Mac Sweeney, Parliamentary Hill bureau chief for 680 NEWS Toronto. Here's a photo of Mulcair giving a young supporter a high five:
Andy Blatchford, parliamentary reporter for the Canadian Press:
And finally, as a reward for clicking on and reading through a story about Canadian parliamentary reporters, here is a Trudeau parody account:
uh oh am i ready— Trudeau Googles (@TrudeauGoogles) October 19, 2015
Happy voting, Canada! And don't worry—once your election is over, you can still look forward to reading 385 days worth of political news from south of the border.