Talk:2008 Canadian federal election

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Green Party Should not be in the Info box[edit]

I have changed it so that the Green Party is no longer in the info box. This is because the party has not won any seats and only has a small amount of the popular vote. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 74.12.71.174 (talk) 21:11, 13 May 2009 (UTC)

I disagree with this change, and it appeared from the discussion earlier on this page that the consensus was that the Green Party should be included. Newspapers typically included the Green Party in coverage of election results, polls, and so on. Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 21:18, 13 May 2009 (UTC)
I'm with Paul Erik on this one; the Green Party should be in the infobox precisely because, while they're still technically a minor party, they're the only minor party that has widespread enough support that they get covered like a major one: Elizabeth May got into the debates, they're covered in election results and polls, they run candidates in virtually all ridings (a feat which no other minor party comes close to), they get enough voter support to get per-vote funding (a feat which no other minor party comes close to), and basically the press and the political system in Canada does treat them as contenders. Whether they should treat the Greens as a serious force in politics or not is not for Wikipedia to say, given WP:NPOV rules; our job here is solely to reflect the fact that they do treat the Greens as a serious force in politics. Bearcat (talk) 22:56, 13 May 2009 (UTC)
I agree, 6.8% of the popular vote is substantial. TastyCakes (talk) 22:08, 14 May 2009 (UTC)
Additionally the raw figure of 900,000+ people is substantial. FPTP doesn't make them not notable, it just makes them powerless. - BalthCat (talk) 09:54, 20 June 2009 (UTC)
I agree with Paul Erik, too. Winning seats is one measure of notability; winning votes and media coverage are equally valid measures. Ground Zero | t 10:43, 20 June 2009 (UTC)

I have added the Greeen Party back in. jlam (talk) 00:47, 17 August 2009 (UTC)

I disagree. The Green Party isn't even an official party recognized by parliament. They have zero seats in Parliament. Their leader does not hold a seat. Recommend removing Elizabeth May. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Riptider (talkcontribs) 21:43, 23 October 2009 (UTC)
The article isn't about parliament, it's about the election. The Green party got over 900,000 votes, which I still think is significant enough to justify its inclusion in the infobox. Should we have a vote on the subject? TastyCakes (talk) 22:06, 23 October 2009 (UTC)

I think it's also relevant that the Green Party had an MP going into the election. Support keeping it there. Steve Smith (talk) 22:09, 23 October 2009 (UTC)

Agree with above (recent) comments in support of inclusion. Also note (as noted earlier) that as leader of the Green party, May participated in the national debate, and that Dion specifically chose not to run a Liberal candidate in her riding (and vice versa), which was one of the unique aspects of the 2008 election. Singularity42 (talk) 23:58, 23 October 2009 (UTC)

"Issues"[edit]

Now that the election has passed, it might be a good idea to trim that section down. (And the tense needs to be changed; a lot of it was clearly written before the vote.) 24.11.127.26 (talk) 05:36, 20 June 2009 (UTC)

If you'd like to rewrite it, I'd certainly support you. Sarcasticidealist (talk) 05:40, 20 June 2009 (UTC)

Proposed Merger[edit]

I think the Anything But Conservative article is too long and overly detailed. I propose it be merged into the Canadian federal election, 2008 article with a paragraph or so explaining the campaign. Please discuss. Karl 334 Talk--Contribs 21:05, 2 April 2012 (UTC)

How is an article being "overly detailed" a problem? I see know reason why it should be deleted for a paragraph. Newfoundlander&Labradorian (talk) 01:42, 18 April 2012 (UTC)
Indeed. Wikipedia is not a paper encyclopedia. There is room for this article. Ground Zero | t 01:57, 18 April 2012 (UTC)
It seems there is not appetite for this article to be merged, expect from Karl who hasn't responded to mine and Ground Zero's comments. Newfoundlander&Labradorian (talk) 03:56, 1 May 2012 (UTC)
It was just an idea, talk first act later ;-). Karl 334 Talk--Contribs 14:13, 1 May 2012 (UTC)

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