Election fatigue?


So Jean-Pierre Blackburn wants the Bloc to hold off on defeating the Conservatives until the spring, because “it’s not sound to have municipal and federal elections going on at the same time.”

I haven’t had to deal with too many campaigns since moving to Toronto in 2006. But Blackburn’s comment got me thinking about just how many votes have taken place in my old stomping grounds of Montreal’s Outremont riding in the past five years:

  • June 28, 2004: Federal election
  • November 6, 2005: Municipal elections
  • December 12, 2005: Provincial by-election
  • January 23, 2006: Federal election
  • March 26, 2007: Provincial election
  • September 17, 2007: Federal by-election
  • December 16, 2007: Municipal by-election*
  • October 14, 2008: Federal election
  • December 8, 2008: Provincial election

That’s eight nine (!) votes in five years. Assuming election signs stay up for six weeks—five weeks before a vote and one week after, give or take a few days—my former neighbours have had to stare at elections signs for a ungodly grand total of 336 378 days since the summer of 2004.

I don’t know if Blackburn’s right and there really is such a thing as election fatigue, but if there is, Outremont might be as good a place as any to start looking for it.


Election fatigue?

  1. ISomeone should ask Mr. Blackburn why the government of which he is a minister refused to accept the amendment proposed by the Senate to the fixed elections date bill that would have allowed the chief electoral officer "to change the fixed date in case of a conflict with the date of a provincial or municipal election, or with a day of "cultural or religious significance"


    • You've completely misread the article you linked to. Try reading the relevant section again:

      The Senate, dominated by the Liberals, had initially amended a clause in the bill that allows the chief electoral officer to change the fixed date in case of a conflict with the date of a provincial or municipal election, or with a day of "cultural or religious significance."

      The Senate amendment added "referendums" to the list of reasons the election date could be changed.

      But the government rejected the amendment and the Senate decided not to fight for the change.

  2. I think us Montrealers (former) are naturally/culturally more politically involved/aware than the the rest of our brethren out here in the ROC – I left in 96.

    we can take it though we'd bitch and moan about it – at least a good ten minutes a day at least!

    Montreal, ou sont vous?

  3. You missed one:

    December 16, 2007: Municipal by-election

    I worked on 8 of the 9 Outremont elections and, yes, there really is such a thing as election fatigue. At one point some Outremont residents were so tired of getting canvass calls they'd just scream insults into the phone.

  4. Another candidate, though I think we'd have to defer to you, is the south end of Halifax, provincially called Halifax Citadel. Going back to 2003:

    August 5, 2003: Provincial Election

    June 28, 2004: Federal Election

    October 2004: Municipal Election

    January 23, 2006: Federal Election

    October 7, 2005: Halifax Citadel's MLA resigns, starting an unofficial by-election campaign not resolved until…

    June 13, 2006: Provincial Election

    October 14, 2008: Federal Election

    October 18, 2008: Municipal Election

    June 9, 2009: Provincial Election.

    Now, it's a less impressive tally than that amassed by the electors of Outremont. On the flip side, from the 2004 federal election through the 2009 provincial election, there were two separate minority governments governing the electors of Halifax Citadel, and hence two separate endless rounds of election speculation to inflame and irritate them. Perhaps Outremont could be surveyed first, and then any necessary follow-up could be done in Halifax? As a Halifax canvasser, I wouldn't want to to talk the electorate here unless it were absolutely necessary.

  5. If it was up to me, I'd be voting every month! I love voting!