The Globe and Mail Explainer lays out the party leaders, key issues and policy platforms of the five major parties vying for our votes in the federal election slated for October 21st.
Appropriate Subject Area(s):
Social studies, current events
Key Question(s) to Explore:
- Who’s who, and what are some key issues in the run-up to the federal election on October 21?
Dissolution, impugned, LGBTQ, libertarian, infrastructure, digital spin, pharmacare, carbon-pricing, libertarian, disinformation
Introduction to lesson and task:
On October 21st, Canadian voters will be asked to choose a government formed by one of five major political parties. As part of their civic responsibility, students ought to inform themselves about the election issues, parties and the range of promises that will be paraded before us to win our vote.
This lesson is designed to provide students with a rudimentary overview, based on the attached article. Although the latter is rather long and detailed, students need not read it in its entirety; rather, they will search for answers to the matching exercise, below. In the process, they should get a picture of the unfolding campaigns. We recommend you distribute the article in hard copy, to avoid students’ using search tools to find the answers. To save you time, an answer key is provided.
Action (lesson plan and task):
Begin with a brief discussion about the coming election. Some questions/prompts to guide you (answers in parentheses for your benefit):
- How old do you have to be to vote in a federal election in Canada? (18)
- Show of hands—who knows the date of the next federal election? (Oct 21st). Why is it on that date? (Fixed election dates, every four years, were established by the previous Conservative government; therefore, the date is not moveable, as it was previously)
- Which party has governed for the past four years? (Liberal) Official Opposition party? (Conservative)
- How many party leaders can you name—and which parties do they lead? (Justin Trudeau, Liberal; Andrew Scheer, Conservative; Jagmeet Singh, NDP; Elizabeth May, Green; Yves-Francoius Blanchet, Bloc Quebecois; Maxime Bernier, People’s Party)
- Trick question: How did Mr. Bernier’s People’s Party perform in the last election? (His party is new, created by Mr. Bernier since the last election.)
Using the attached article as a source, match the items in Column A with the correct answer in Column B. Note that an option in Column B may apply to more than one item in Column A.
Answer key: 1, c; 2, d; 3, b; 4, h; 5, j; 6, a; 7, k; 8, l; 9, e; 10, m; 11, n; 12, o; 13, j; 14, p; 15, p; 16, f; 17, q; 18, r; 19, s; 20, i; 21, t; 22, g; 23, u; 24, w; 25, u
- Minimum number of seats needed to form a majority government
- Number of seats the Liberals held when this election was called
- Assumed the party leadership after Stephen Harper resigned
- Number of seats the Bloc Quebecois held when this election was called
- Party leader who was a cabinet minister in the last Conservative government
- SNC Lavalin
- Leader of a federal party since 2006
- Number of seats the Conservative held when this election was called
- Plans to phase out fossil fuel in Canada by 2050
- Was uncontested in winning the recent leadership of a party
- A party that had eight leaders since 2011
- A leader who has been compared to Donald Trump
- Party that plans to drastically reduce the number of immigrants
- Plans to address climate change by taxing large emitters of carbon
- Number of seats the NDP held when this election was called
- Replaced Tom Mulcair as leader of the party
- The first leader associated with this religion
- Bought by the federal government
- Number of seats the People’s Party held when this election was called
- Approximately one million
- Number of seats the Green Party held when this election was called
- False information, deliberately disseminated
- Has banned political ads
- Will cost $15.3 billion if implemented
- Designed to reduce consumption of non-renewable energy
- Andrew Scheer
- Maxime Bernier
- Related to of a breach of ethics charge against the Liberal government
- Elizabeth May
- Green Party
- Yves-Francois Blanchet
- Bloc Quebecois
- People’s Party of Canada
- Jagmeet Singh
- Trans-Mountain pipeline
- The number of jobs created in Canada since 2015
Consolidation of Learning:
- Students discuss their work in class; you supply correct answers as needed.
- Students can name the leaders of each party and some issues in the coming election.
- Ask students to report on political debates, or other news about the election.