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I plan to watch elections on TV. How can I follow the election on globeandmail.com?
If you have an iPad, please check out our new Globe News app. Whether you're on a tablet or on a laptop, our riding pages will let you follow the races you want. And the elections 'dashboard' and map we showed you above will also work on your tablet or laptop.
Where do I find the party platforms?
All party platforms can me found on our Parties & Platforms site
Click here for links to each party and their platforms as well The Globe's platform comparison
Or you can view The Globe's summary of platforms by party:
- The Conservative Party platform
- The Liberal Party platform
- The New Democratic Party platform
- The Bloc Québécois platform
- The Green Party platform
Okay, I'm not familiar with races other than in my own riding. What do I look for on election night?
The Globe and Mail has been watching 50 key ridings over the course of the 2011 election campaign. Many of these are opposition-held seats that the Conservatives hope to win over while others are complete toss ups. Click here for a sortable table of our ridings to watch.
We've also compiled a list of the the leaders and notable candidates from all the major parties here.
Where can I find all the stories The Globe has written on each party?
- Conservative Party Page
- Liberal Party Page
- New Democratic Party Page
- Bloc Québécois Party Page
- Green Party Page
What ridings are hotly contested?
Several ridings that would have been foregone conclusions only a few years ago are now toss-ups. Here are some of the most contested ridings. Click on the links for election results, as well as riding-specific stories and tweets.
Brampton - Springdale - Her strong campaign and controversies surrounding the possible inappropraite connections betwee her Conservative opponent, Par Gill, and Immigration Min Jason Kenney will not, we believe, save Liberal incumbent Ruby Dhalla.
Brampton West - We believe Liberal incumbent Andrew Kania will be bested by Conservative candidate Kyle Seeback. He barely took it last time, and now he has the NDP draining votes as well. .
Burnaby - Douglas The lack of an incumbent advantage looked to be a problem for the NDP at the start of the campaing, but the party's general surge should tip the balance in their favour..
Esquimalt - Juan de Fuca - Look for this Liberal-held riding to return to its Reformer roots as the rise in NDP support drain off enough support to hand the Conservatives a narrow victory.
Gatineau - Francoise Boivin, the Liberal candidate from 2008 is now running for the NDP in a riding that the Bloc won as a result of vote-splitting. The Bloc may now become a victim of vote splitting this time around..
Guelph - Maybe the most vulnerable Liberal riding in the country.
Kingston and the Islands - This was a famous swing riding (Flora Macdonald held it) until Peter Milliken became Speaker of the House. Now he's leaving, and it's in play again.
Outremont - This is a fight between former Liberal cabinet minister Martin Cauchon and NDP deputy leader Thomas Mulcair, but the NDP rise in Quebec may have put it out of reach for the Liberals.
Saint John - Three-time former Liberal MP Paul Zed's decision not to mount a comeback attempt was a break for Conservative incumbent Rodney Weston. The Tory is likely to regain the seat. But bettors looking to take a flier might be watching the NDP in this blue-collar town if that party's national momentum keeps growing.
St. John's South - Mount Pearl - An interesting three-way race has developed in this riding, which Liberal Shioban Caody poached amid the anti-Tory mood in the last federal election. The incumbent has done well and the NDP is making a spirited showing with repeat candidate Ryan Cleary. Conservative Loyola Sullivan,who won easily in 2006, is back to try to reclaim the seat.
Vancouver South - Liberal MP - and former NDP premier - Ujjal Dosanjh is likely to fall victim to his old party, as a split left-wing vote allows the Conservatives to eke out a gain.
Winnipeg North - The Liberals snatched this formerly safe NDP seat by a mere 813 votres in a Nov.2010 by-election. The NDP wants it back.
Read all the other predictions: SEE ALL 50 RIDINGS TO WATCH
Other election features
- Our daily audio check-in with reporters on the campaign trail
- Election Ringside, the daily e-mail exchange between strategists Tom Flanagan and John Duffy
- Campaign Notebook, our main politics blog
- Second Reading, political commentary from across the Canadian spectrum
- Election videos and other multimedia features
- Your best election photo captions
Compiled by Shannon Busta