With the extended 11-week election upon us and over two dozen third-parties looking to influence voters, you may be wondering if any of them actually have a chance at affecting the election outcome in any way.
These aren't actually political parties, but unions, veterans groups, animal rights groups — groups looking to defeat Stephen Harper's conservative government and groups representing a particular issue like heathcare, open Internet or safe technology. All of them are looking to influence the election in some way, but it's a steep hill to climb.
Nelson Wiseman, director of the Canadian Studies Program in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, predicts third parties won't have much influence at all.
“They're limited in how much money they can spend now, which is one of the reason the election was called early because they could've spent all the money they wanted until the writ was dropped. Now that the writ's been dropped, they're limited, so they won'tRead More »from Will non-political third parties have an influence on the Canadian election?