Elections Operation Centre 2015

Category: Media Roundup

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Three more days

By admin · October 20, 2015 The Media Narrative The proverbial die has been cast. It’s now time for undecided voters to get their rubric on. At three days left, only the most earth-shattering news could change the fates of this election. We’ve seen campaigns in the past manifest last-minute revelations and scandal, but it doesn’t work. All left for the […]
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Majority, eh?

By Ian Capstick · October 20, 2015 Pollsters, pundits and political watchers will be attempting to explain this majority for many weeks, if not years. My take: Trudeau won the election by campaigning harder and smarter.
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The Final Five Days

By Ian Capstick · October 14, 2015 Five days out from election day, the media's attention is turning to two clear preoccupations and on the campaign trail voter mobilization is ramping up.
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The Problem with Polls

By Ian Capstick · October 13, 2015 Prime Minister Diefenbaker had a way with words. When asked about public opinion research he famously said, “Dogs know best what to do with polls”. A veritable Canadian cliche. Also, accurate.
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What we’ve learned.

By Ian Capstick · October 8, 2015 As we head into the Thanksgiving weekend a few things are becoming increasingly clear. Read on to learn what they are.
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More gaffes, TPP news

By Ian Capstick · October 2, 2015 I didn’t think this campaign of candidate gaffes could get any weirder. Last night two CPC candidates found themselves the focus of truly bizarre allegations and proved me wrong. Read on.
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How will the TPP talks play out?

By Ian Capstick · October 1, 2015 If the TPP negotiations in Atlanta achieve an agreement in principle, my long time Power & Politics co-panelist Tim Powers thinks we may be headed into a mini free-trade election. He’s right and no one knows how it would play in the public sphere. To understand how complex the communications environment becomes in the event of an agreement in principle, read on.
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TPP takes centre stage in campaign

By Ian Capstick · September 30, 2015 The Trans-Pacific Partnership controversy is making foreign affairs one of the most important issues in any Canadian election campaign. Get all the details in today's brief.
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Wagging the dog? Polls become a story to watch.

By Ian Capstick · September 28, 2015 Conservative polling numbers are on the uptick. There is an overall softening of reported NDP vote in urban centres and Liberals are gaining traction in Ontario. Polling is going to be a massive story this week. Read on for details.
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Post-debate roundup

By Ian Capstick · September 25, 2015 The Media Narrative Health care, the right to die with dignity, the Senate, ISIL and the economy were all featured in the French-language debate last night. Each of the leaders projected a strong and calculated image to Canadians as a result of very solid rehearsals and preparations. The extemporaneous nature of the debate was refreshing […]
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The joust in on: Conflicting polls and pollsters ahead of tonight’s debate.

By Ian Capstick · September 24, 2015 The Media Narrative Get your crackerjacks ready! It’s inside baseball day on the campaign trail or as we say it on French debate day, “le jour de baseball intérieur”. Not really, but that’s what Google Translate says. They’re working on it. It’s a down day on the campaign and this means there’s plenty of time […]
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Today’s Special: Dog’s Breakfast

By Ian Capstick · September 23, 2015 The so-called “Media Party”, the moniker assigned to journalists by the right wing because they think journalists all report the same stories, seems to have forgotten to read yesterday’s pack journalism memo. It’s a dog’s breakfast for news out there, folks. Part of the reason is none of yesterday’s major news headlines really entered into […]
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Afterburned: the fight over fighter planes heats up

By Ian Capstick · September 22, 2015 Media attention was focused on several fronts yesterday. The NDP and LPC continue to trade barbs over, well, just about everything. The CPC found itself in hot water with the family of Terry Fox because of Conservative MP James Moore’s suggestion that they were enthusiastic about the party’s pledge to match Terry Fox Run donations […]
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Getting feisty: the post-debate spin cycle

By Ian Capstick · September 21, 2015 Everyone came out swinging this weekend in the all important 72-hour spin cycle after the economic debate. As he arrived in Newfoundland, Mulcair was forced by the LPC to apologize for twenty-year-old comments. The CPC and NDP are seizing on new remarks by Trudeau in a CTV Atlantic interview, suggesting the LPC leader told the media it was their […]
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Debate fails to connect with Canadians

By Ian Capstick · September 18, 2015 Yesterday’s media focus was all about the highly anticipated economic debate hosted by the Globe and Mail. The debate failed to connect with Canadians. None of the leaders were able to push past the predictable well-worn stump speeches and platitudes. Harper remained quiet too often, and when not silent was often too strident. Mulcair brushed […]
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Reaction to NDP ‘fiscal framework’, what to expect tonight

By Ian Capstick · September 17, 2015 The NDP needed a well-articulated and clean launch to their “fiscal framework” ahead of the economic debate tonight. The orange team will be pleased with what they accomplished yesterday. First, let’s take a look at the headline reactions: Toronto Star: NDP promises four years of budget surpluses CBC: NDP promises 4 years of balanced budgets […]
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Tough questions to come ahead of tomorrow’s debate.

By Ian Capstick · September 16, 2015 Ahead of tomorrow’s all important economic debate, the party leaders limit appearances as they prepare for the highly anticipated event. The NDP will be also busy here in Ottawa briefing the media on their platform’s cost. These events are make-or-break moments for political parties. Mulcair faces pressure from deficit-favouring labour economists and others in addition […]
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This election, the media aren’t ‘beholden’ to party announcements

By Ian Capstick · September 15, 2015 Yesterday’s highly anticipated release of Finance Canada’s Annual Financial Report can be explained with four major news headlines. Read in this order: Canada posts surplus of $1.9-billion for the 2014-15 fiscal year:Federal surplus is good political news for both Stephen Harper and Tom Mulcair (CBC) This means Harper holds to prediction of budget surplus for current […]
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Minor scandals cloud headlines, Conservatives struggle to recalibrate

By Ian Capstick · September 11, 2015 Minor scandal seems to be the media’s stock and trade these days, pushing any substantive policy announcements off the agenda. The NDP and CPC had social media eruptions and candidate scandals earlier this week. Yesterday, the LPC made news when one candidatesuggested pregnant women should smoke pot and another bravely admitted alcohol and depression was […]
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Conservative message lost amid leaks and refugee crisis

By Ian Capstick · September 10, 2015 The CPC message is becoming lost to two competing stories: the ongoing refugee crisis and the emerging narrative of a Conservative campaign in panic mode. The stories intersect at the strategic level and reveal an interesting weakness in the CPC campaign. It’s important to note two key facts: Ray Novak, Harper’s chief of staff, was sent […]
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September 9: Media Roundup

By Ian Capstick · September 9, 2015 Tuesday’s News Justin Trudeau had his one-on-one with Peter Mansbridge last night. The CBC took the angle that the young Liberal leader “appears to be at odds with his father’s thinking” on several fronts. These include control in the PMO and the issue of which party can form government post-election – Trudeau Sr. suggested in […]
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September 8: Media Roundup

By Ian Capstick · September 8, 2015 The Media Narrative Over the long weekend, Canada’s media focus was split between the serious and the surreal. The refugee crisis in Europe dominated media coverage. National newspapers devoted major sections to the issue, and television newscasts led with breaking stories related to Syrian refugees. Meanwhile, domestic politics became downright weird as the CPC lost […]
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