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  1. Introduction
  2. The 2011 elections
  3. Liberal party
  4. The Canadian Federal Election
  5. The Conservative party
  6. Conclusion

The 2011 elections were instigated by Liberal party leader's motion of no-confidence. While the liberal party seemed to enjoy large support among Canadians, the results of the election would prove them wrong. The results of the party delivered the majority to the Conservative while offering NDP the official opposition status. The failure of the liberal party is worth investigating. This analysis is aimed at establishing the mistakes done by the Liberal party and their impact in their campaign. It will deal with the leadership, organization, policy, and funding of the party.

Problems in the Liberal party started in December 2008, when Michael Ignatieff was confirmed as the leader without going through a leadership race. This meant that Ignatieff as a leader did not go through the public scrutiny that accompanies such contestations. The party faced organization, policy and funding problems during the run-up to the 2011 elections. On top of these challenges, the caucus was disunited, and the party leader was seen as an albatross around its neck  (50).

[...] Competitive seats would require more resources. The parties spent money in hiring workers, communications, sending leaders to visit marginal ridings, support of major candidates, and in competitive races. Conservatives hand almost triple the Liberal budget, therefore, they were able to inject more money into these campaigns than could the Liberals. The Conservative party was more disciplined and focused than the Liberal party (Farney and Malloy 255). After the vote of no-confidence had been passed, the conservative party increased its budget campaign. [...]


[...] The negative perception created around Ignatieff would later prove too enormous to dispel during the election period. At this juncture, it is evident that Liberal Party lacked funds, organization, and leadership necessary to position it as a strong party capable of forming a minority government. Lack of policy was the other issue that came out. Jeffrey states that the Liberal party maintained its power position because of its ability to reinvent as circumstances changed (57). Their updates would be updated as they changed their leaders, allowing them to remain relevant to issues of the day. [...]


[...] This was common in most parties. The leadership of the party worried about the representation of the party's message during the campaign period. Due to these controversies, some people chose to run independently. Others, who chose not to be affiliated with any party, did so in order to raise awareness on issues that would otherwise have not been heard (Marland 172). Constituency campaigns are a replica of the national duel, representing the parties' local sales force ? 174. The Conservative party was successful in designing and empowering its constituency contenders to market the party. [...]

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