By Jon H. Pammett, Lawrence LeDuc, André Turcotte, Judith I. McKenzie
Dynasties and Interludes presents a complete and detailed evaluation of elections and vote casting in Canada from Confederation to the hot spate of minority governments. Its critical argument is that the Canadian political panorama has consisted of lengthy classes of hegemony of a unmarried get together and/or chief (dynasties), punctuated by means of brief, sharp disruptions caused by way of the surprising upward thrust of recent events, leaders, or social activities (interludes).
Changes within the composition of the voters and within the expertise and professionalization of election campaigns also are tested during this booklet, either to supply a greater realizing of key turning issues in Canadian historical past and a deeper interpretation of present-day electoral politics.
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This has allowed the parties to appeal to voters across lines of ethnicity, regionalism, or social class as noted earlier, even though such appeals are not always successful in any given election. 28 Unhindered by past feelings of party loyalty, many voters feel free to choose which party to support on the basis of such shortterm factors as the particular issues of the day, their assessment of the state of the economy, the characteristics of the party leaders, or the likelihood of effective representation from a local candidate.
This necessity to appeal across the board contributes to the amorphous and insubstantial nature of many party campaign strategies. And that in turn risks discouraging some previous voters who may come to feel that voting is not meaningful. Campaigns In Canadian elections, there is little doubt that campaigns matter. Since parties cannot rely on cadres of supporters to come out and vote for them time after time, they must assemble at least partly new coalitions on each occasion. Much strategic thinking goes into the choice of which issues to emphasize in a campaign.
Historically, it now appears as an extended interlude, in spite of the decisiveness of the 1911 and 1917 elections, both of which we will examine in greater detail in Chapter 2. The Diefenbaker and Mulroney periods are likewise complicated segments of Canadian electoral history. Given their one-sided election victories (Diefenbaker in 1958, Mulroney in 1984), both of these leaders had the potential to establish new political dynasties. Mulroney in particular had the clear determination to do so.