Confused? You may be Liberal.

Does the CBC’s voter tool reveal a lefty bias, or some awkward truths about how Canadians actually vote?

Confused? You may be Liberal.

Photograph by Cole Garside

Some years ago, in those politically heady days when Barack Obama seemed poised to secure the Democratic presidential nomination, the New Yorker ran a cartoon depicting a credulous-looking woman asking of a door-to-door pollster: “Is ‘oblivious’ the same as ‘undecided?’ ” As it turns out, “oblivious” may actually mean agreeing with the Liberal party’s policy positions, at least if we take the findings of the CBC’s Vote Compass survey seriously. That tool, which surpassed a million completions after little more than a week on the CBC website, tells respondents which of the major political parties they’re most closely aligned to based on their answers to 30 policy-focused questions. It also appears to throw politically tepid users in with the party of Laurier and Trudeau.

Last week, the survey came under fire for containing what detractors called a Liberal bias, an inherent skew that led to too many respondents getting lumped in with the Liberals. Even über-partisan Conservative campaign chair Guy Giorno said, via Twitter, that the survey told him he was a Grit.

Much of the criticism has, it must be said, been driven by the Sun Media newspaper chain, which since the last federal election has undergone a revamp overseen by former Stephen Harper spokesman Kory Teneycke, a VP with parent company Quebecor who briefly left the job last fall amid controversy surrounding its efforts to secure a broadcasting licence from the feds. Teneycke has since returned, and Sun TV is poised to launch this month as a CBC competitor. The Sun Media criticisms seem aimed more at the public broadcaster than at the political scientists with Vote Compass, an independent, non-profit group that had flirted with a number of media outlets.
Yet accusations of bias aside, Vote Compass and the ruckus surrounding it may actually  reflect some uncomfortable truths about the Liberals and the way Canadians choose to cast their votes. It may demonstrate that the Liberals, in being all things to all people, capture the profoundly confused as well as the merely vacillating. The tool may also show just how little policy considerations matter to most Canadian voters.

Intended as a fun, informative complement to the election, Vote Compass presents respondents with 30 questions and statements—”Canada should adopt a carbon tax,” for example—to which they assign one of five possible responses, from “strongly agree” to “neither agree nor disagree” and so on. Respond too often with a sixth option—”don’t know”—and the tool aligns you with no party. Those who answer the queries as you’d expect a Tory to get placed with the Tories. “It diagnosed me as conservative,” says University of Calgary political scientist Tom Flanagan, a former Harper adviser who has worked with Peter Loewen, one of Vote Compass’s designers. “If it hadn’t I’d have been alarmed.”

But Vote Compass undoubtedly puts users who like to fall within the soft middle—”neither agree nor disagree”—into the Liberal fold. That tendency has prompted derision among non-Liberals. “If you’re just a big wishy-washy teddy bear… then the Liberals probably are the party for you,” the National Post’s Kelly McParland wrote of Vote Compass. The Liberals don’t necessarily disagree. “It’s no surprise that the values that are shared by most Canadians are Liberal values,” chirped Liberal spokeswoman Kate Purchase. “We’re squarely at the centre, progressive, compassionate and equally focused on equality and fiscal responsibility.”

Nor do the political scientists behind Vote Compass quibble with the way their tool parks agnostics in the Liberal camp. “It’s a person saying, ‘I’m legitimately ambivalent,’ ” says Loewen, a University of Toronto political scientist. “Across those 30 issue statements, the Liberals are the most likely to occupy middling positions. Duh! They’re the third most successful political party in the history of democracy—it’s probably because they’re pretty good at cutting down the middle.” An axis diagram presented at the end of the survey places the Grits in the upper-left quadrant (economically left and socially liberal) but very close to the axis’s point of intersection—the middle, in other words. The Tories hover on the edge of the solar system, somewhere in the vicinity of Pluto, in the lower-right quadrant—socially conservative, economically right, about the same distance from the centre as the NDP.

Such positioning puts the Liberals in a good place to capture plenty of Vote Compass users. Why not in real life, if current polling and the last election are any guide? Those at Vote Compass hope the discrepancy between party preference and where a respondent actually stands vis-à-vis the issues will help spark debate. “There’s an element of surprise there when they say, ‘It can’t be the case that I’m closest to a party I find distasteful,’ ” Loewen says. Notes Clifton van der Linden, Vote Compass’s executive director: “That’s been another criticism—that the Conservative party is plotted too far right.” But van der Linden says the group consulted with all the parties in plotting their positions. Rarely, Vote Compass disagreed and assigned a party the position it believed it merited according to its own public statements—all assiduously footnoted on the Vote Compass site.

Despite that caution, Loewen and van der Linden found themselves thrust last week into the political spotlight amid charges of bias. Van der Linden in particular had never been on intimate terms with the raunchy world of partisan politics, the very fray he studies—an entomologist trapped in the bug fight at the end of his microscope. It was an unexpected development. “I’m learning a lot about politics that I don’t learn in the ivory tower,” he says before adding, as only a political scientist could: “I’ve learned that the world is more multi-variant than any model I can ever create.”




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Confused? You may be Liberal.

  1. If VoteCompass truly wanted people to believe they are Liberals, they would have included the following questions:

    1. Stealing millions from taxpayers is a legitimate action – strongly agree, agree,somewhat agree…….You're a Liberal
    2. Are you entitled to your entitlements? Strongly agree, agree, somewhat agree….You're a Liberal

    • When wrongdoing is discovered, a party should work to expose and fix the problem…you're a Liberal!

      When wrongdoing is engaged in openly, voters should be laughed at, the media attacked and the problem exacerbated…you.re a Conservative!

      • When has the liberal party ever worked to expose it's own wrongdoing? Really?

        • That whole Gomery thing doesn't count?

          • Yeah, but, um, when else???

            Irony deficiency is a plague across our great nation.

    • Do you value the opinions of a literal handful of paranoid libertarians over educated statisticians? You're a Conservative!
      Do you think spending a billions bucks on a few hours worth of meetings is a good use of taxpayers' dollars? You're a Conservative!

    • News Flash people… Canadians are liberal by our very nature. We believe in helping those in need, we believe in healthcare, we believe in social justice. We are not war mongers, we help 3rd world countries, we are nice people. We are not conservative in our beliefs or our nature. That's a fact. If someone took the vote compass and answered undecided or no opinion in every question they could NOT be a tory. Simple as that. I know it is hard for a hard core tory to believe but we are Canadian and that's how we roll! Compasion rules in canada

  2. If VoteCompass truly wanted people to believe they are Liberals, they would have included the following questions:

    1. Stealing millions from taxpayers is a legitimate action – strongly agree, agree,somewhat agree…….You're a Liberal
    2. Are you entitled to your entitlements? Strongly agree, agree, somewhat agree….You're a Liberal

  3. 3. Does enacting useless legislation to capitalize on the murder of 14 women by a madman sound appealing to you? Strongly agree, agree, somewhat agree…..You're a LIberal
    4. Do you think the CBC is a fair and balanced network? Strongly agree, agree, somewhat agree? …You're a Liberal…

    I think you get the idea.

    • Do you believe in making the main part of your platform scaring people about a coalition when you attempted one yourself? … You're a hypocritical Conservative.
      Did you lead an organization whose main goal was to get rid of the healthcare system? You're an Un-Canadian Conservative.
      Do you believe that the government should dismantle every service they offer except the ones that apply to you? …You're a selfish Conservative.

      • If you believe what Alex wrote here . . . you are a moron.

        • Way to elevate the debate, guys.

    • I certainly get the idea as to what you are.

    • Are you angry that the CBC is the only news channel in Canada not owned by the tories? You are a tory…

  4. 3. Does enacting useless legislation to capitalize on the murder of 14 women by a madman sound appealing to you? Strongly agree, agree, somewhat agree…..You're a LIberal
    4. Do you think the CBC is a fair and balanced network? Strongly agree, agree, somewhat agree? …You're a Liberal…

    I think you get the idea.

  5. Do you believe in making the main part of your platform scaring people about a coalition when you attempted one yourself? … You're a hypocritical Conservative.
    Did you lead an organization whose main goal was to get rid of the healthcare system? You're an Un-Canadian Conservative.
    Do you believe that the government should dismantle every service they offer except the ones that apply to you? …You're a selfish Conservative.

  6. When wrongdoing is discovered, a party should work to expose and fix the problem…you're a Liberal!

    When wrongdoing is engaged in openly, voters should be laughed at, the media attacked and the problem exacerbated…you.re a Conservative!

  7. "van der Linden says the group consulted with all the parties in plotting their positions. Rarely, Vote Compass disagreed and assigned a party the position it believed it merited according to its own public statements"

    Sorry folks, this is not making sense.

    Question: The govt. should fund daycare instead of giving money directly to parents.

    It shows the Cons party position as "strongly disagree" which is in keeping with everything they have said and done. But the Libs are set at "neither agree nor disagree" which is BS as they have pushed for National Daycare for years, and have included it in their current election platform.

    So what gives??????

    • The key word there is "instead". They'd prefer to do both.

  8. "van der Linden says the group consulted with all the parties in plotting their positions. Rarely, Vote Compass disagreed and assigned a party the position it believed it merited according to its own public statements"

    Sorry folks, this is not making sense.

    Question: The govt. should fund daycare instead of giving money directly to parents.

    It shows the Cons party position as "strongly disagree" which is in keeping with everything they have said and done. But the Libs are set at "neither agree nor disagree" which is BS as they have pushed for National Daycare for years, and have included it in their current election platform.

    So what gives??????

  9. When has the liberal party ever worked to expose it's own wrongdoing? Really?

  10. If you believe what Alex wrote here . . . you are a moron.

  11. I do have to admit, it's well named. Like a real compass, it only points in one direction.

    Designing the survey questions and assigning party positions to those questions such that the Liberals sit right on the center of both axis is in itself biasing the methodology. Why not choose a different set of 30 questions for which the CPC is in the middle, the Libs are to the left, and everyone else is further to the left? Just because the Libs are between the CPC and the NDP does not mean they are at the center of the spectrum. The spectrum is wider than represented by our current national parties.

    This just illustrates why the CBC has no business running a tool like Vote Compass. It simply cannot be done without exposing the CBC to allegations of bias.

    • Because the Contempt Party of Canada is nowhere near the middle. It's so far right they can almost hear the swastika flag snapping in the breeze almost overhead.

    • Like a real compass, it only points in one direction.

      LOL!

    • Is that the new response now? "Oh, the party's positions are accurate, but the origin is off."

      What kind of questions would you suggest place the CPC closer to the middle?
      "Do you like to goose-step?"

  12. I do have to admit, it's well named. Like a real compass, it only points in one direction.

    Designing the survey questions and assigning party positions to those questions such that the Liberals sit right on the center of both axis is in itself biasing the methodology. Why not choose a different set of 30 questions for which the CPC is in the middle, the Libs are to the left, and everyone else is further to the left? Just because the Libs are between the CPC and the NDP does not mean they are at the center of the spectrum. The spectrum is wider than represented by our current national parties.

    This just illustrates why the CBC has no business running a tool like Vote Compass. It simply cannot be done without exposing the CBC to allegations of bias.

  13. More….

    Question: Canada should adopt a carbon tax

    Cons party position "strongly disagree" and the Libs are the same, which is silly as they just announced a cap and trade in their platform.

    "the most contentious section of the Liberals' environmental platform proved to be the promise to introduce a cap-and-trade system"

    Vote Compass = FAIL

    • Cap and trade is nothing like a carbon tax.

      It's far worse.

      • Vote CompASS = duh LOSING

  14. More….

    Question: Canada should adopt a carbon tax

    Cons party position "strongly disagree" and the Libs are the same, which is silly as they just announced a cap and trade in their platform.

    "the most contentious section of the Liberals' environmental platform proved to be the promise to introduce a cap-and-trade system"

    Vote Compass = FAIL

  15. Are we honestly reduced to this? It's like debating the accuracy of the latest "survey" from Cosmopolitan or the National Enquirer: Favourite Television Show Reveals Your Personality: Or DOES IT?!?!

    • Your comment is much appreciated.

    • Lol, you're right, the CBC is kinda like Cosmo and the National Enquirer.

  16. Are we honestly reduced to this? It's like debating the accuracy of the latest "survey" from Cosmopolitan or the National Enquirer: Favourite Television Show Reveals Your Personality: Or DOES IT?!?!

  17. That whole Gomery thing doesn't count?

  18. If I may be so bold, y'all should try the original- politicalcompass.org. Rather than attempting to align you with a party, it merely places you on an X/Y axis much like the CBC one. Try both out and see what you get. The original declared me as a left leaning libertarian. There are no parties that represent me in Canada in the lower left quadrant. The CBC one on the other hand suggested I vote Liberal.

    Sigh.

    My gut tells me the CBC should have tested this idea then trashed it.

    • Makes sense to me

      There is no party that represents the quadrant you're in so they suggest you're closest to the closest one one the scale.

      Same thing for me.

      • Good point, but I don't think it's honest. The algorithm should have triggered a message that said no party is really close and then displayed where they stand on your opinions.

        Mind you, the only people really complaining is Sun Media and they're all mindless partisans anyhow.

        • I tend to agree… I was in the top-right quadrant, somewhat close to the middle, and was rather dismayed to see the result 'you're closest to the liberal party'. 'You're not really close to any of the parties' would've been a more truthful result. Viewing this 'tool' as a toy and it's harmless… But being pushed as a 'helper' to figure out who to vote for by the CBC sort of leaves a bad taste.

        • They do display where you stand, in comparison with where all the parties stand.
          Your argument is that they bother to calculate which one you're closest to — presumably if you're taking the test, it's for the very reason of perhaps seeing which parties policies you're closest to, not to reaffirm your extra-special uniqueness.

    • The original politicalcompass.org inverts the vertical axis… so a left leaning libertarian on the votecompass tool would be in the top left …opposite corner to the conservatives and closer to the NDP. Many people seem to find they are not as socially conservative… or as economically conservative as they assumed. It is interesting to note that politicalcompass.org places the Liberals as right of centre and more socially conservative than the votecompass… with the Green Party right of the NDP. Personally, I'd put more stock in the votecompass analysis seeing it was put together by Canadians.

    • SanDiegoDave noted:
      "My gut tells me the CBC should have tested this idea then trashed it. "

      That's just it SanDiegoDave…they DID test it.

      It does exactly what they want it to do.

  19. If I may be so bold, y'all should try the original- politicalcompass.org. Rather than attempting to align you with a party, it merely places you on an X/Y axis much like the CBC one. Try both out and see what you get. The original declared me as a left leaning libertarian. There are no parties that represent me in Canada in the lower left quadrant. The CBC one on the other hand suggested I vote Liberal.

    Sigh.

    My gut tells me the CBC should have tested this idea then trashed it.

  20. I can get it to come up with Conservative. Just go with Strongly Agree or Strongly Disagree with no social conscience or consideration for consequences. People are just discovering that they are not that extreme on a personal level thus becoming Liberal which is a bit of left and a bit of right combined.

    • oh my goodness.

    • Yet, the Conservatives are clearly ahead and headed to a majority. Hence you are wrong.

      • believing those CTV polsters again are ya?

  21. I can get it to come up with Conservative. Just go with Strongly Agree or Strongly Disagree with no social conscience or consideration for consequences. People are just discovering that they are not that extreme on a personal level thus becoming Liberal which is a bit of left and a bit of right combined.

  22. Makes sense to me

    There is no party that represents the quadrant you're in so they suggest you're closest to the closest one one the scale.

    Same thing for me.

  23. I laughed when I first heard all the frothing paid conservative posters who thought it was rigged because they voted as liberals. It is not really funny, though in hindsight that so many Canadians are so ignorant of their own political beliefs and how they relate to platforms.

    In this age of twitter brains, it is no surprise that the dimwits can't get past one issue – they can only absorb one sentence at a time. Harper knows this and plays up to it, but he means little of what he says and his behaviour is increasingly undemocratic. Too bad the truth makes them so mad.

    • I have a feeling the sputtering, visceral reaction to it from Conservatives is akin to if they took a quiz that told them they were one of the gays.

      HOW COULD THAT BE? IT'S BROKEN! EVERYTHING IS BROKEN!

  24. I laughed when I first heard all the frothing paid conservative posters who thought it was rigged because they voted as liberals. It is not really funny, though in hindsight that so many Canadians are so ignorant of their own political beliefs and how they relate to platforms.

    In this age of twitter brains, it is no surprise that the dimwits can't get past one issue – they can only absorb one sentence at a time. Harper knows this and plays up to it, but he means little of what he says and his behaviour is increasingly undemocratic. Too bad the truth makes them so mad.

  25. Good point, but I don't think it's honest. The algorithm should have triggered a message that said no party is really close and then displayed where they stand on your opinions.

    Mind you, the only people really complaining is Sun Media and they're all mindless partisans anyhow.

  26. The original politicalcompass.org inverts the vertical axis… so a left leaning libertarian on the votecompass tool would be in the top left …opposite corner to the conservatives and closer to the NDP. Many people seem to find they are not as socially conservative… or as economically conservative as they assumed. It is interesting to note that politicalcompass.org places the Liberals as right of centre and more socially conservative than the votecompass… with the Green Party right of the NDP. Personally, I'd put more stock in the votecompass analysis seeing it was put together by Canadians.

  27. oh my goodness.

  28. Yeah, the biggest problem seems to be that it makes the Cons out to be more extremist than they are. It disregards everything Harper is doing with the party, which is to move it to the centre and to take over the Liberals dominance of that demographic.

    Personally, I was economically right, and socially right on the centre line, and it pegged me as being closer to Liberal.

    • I was almost exactly in the middle between the Cons and Liberals with just a little more overlapped onto the Conservatives. Doesn't seem very right. My feeling is that the Cons should be about 1/3 closer to the middle.

      • canucklehead: Can you go look at the questions and answers provided and tell me which ones the compass assessed inaccurately for the CPC?

    • So on one hand, I've got alfanerd telling me the reason the CPC act like they do is because they're in the minority and once a majority is achieved, we'll see their true colors shine through.

      On the other hand, jt here is telling me that the CPC aren't acting like they do because they're in a minority, but rather because they're attempting to move their party line.

      Neither one of which explains the lies, brinkmanship, and refusal to cooperate with other parties unless forced to under the spectre of losing power.

  29. Yeah, the biggest problem seems to be that it makes the Cons out to be more extremist than they are. It disregards everything Harper is doing with the party, which is to move it to the centre and to take over the Liberals dominance of that demographic.

    Personally, I was economically right, and socially right on the centre line, and it pegged me as being closer to Liberal.

  30. Because the Contempt Party of Canada is nowhere near the middle. It's so far right they can almost hear the swastika flag snapping in the breeze almost overhead.

  31. Like a real compass, it only points in one direction.

    LOL!

  32. Way to elevate the debate, guys.

  33. Maybe if the Progressive Conservative party hadn't been subsumed, you'd have a better alternative.

  34. Maybe if the Progressive Conservative party hadn't been subsumed, you'd have a better alternative.

  35. I was almost exactly in the middle between the Cons and Liberals with just a little more overlapped onto the Conservatives. Doesn't seem very right. My feeling is that the Cons should be about 1/3 closer to the middle.

  36. It showed me as green, but I vote NDP.

    It's just a tool, it's not like you must vote whatever way it tells you to. There's a lot of interpretation with politics anyway, just look how people disagree on how these compasses should have been laid out in the first place.

    No need to get angry over it ^ ^'

  37. It showed me as green, but I vote NDP.

    It's just a tool, it's not like you must vote whatever way it tells you to. There's a lot of interpretation with politics anyway, just look how people disagree on how these compasses should have been laid out in the first place.

    No need to get angry over it ^ ^'

  38. Yeah, but, um, when else???

    Irony deficiency is a plague across our great nation.

  39. I have a feeling the sputtering, visceral reaction to it from Conservatives is akin to if they took a quiz that told them they were one of the gays.

    HOW COULD THAT BE? IT'S BROKEN! EVERYTHING IS BROKEN!

  40. The CBC, Liberal biased, say it ain't so. The rest of the Canadian media are the last people on earth to come to this realization. Even my shih tsu knows. Public funding for this left wing 'think' tank should be abolished. Those who do not agree with the left are bent over the barrel and forced to pay for this travesty.

    • I think an election campaign question/issue should be: Should the CBC be an option that you can choose to pay for or not? Should all the tax payers in Canada be forced to pay for this Leftist forum? Should the CBC be interferring with voter's decision making? Should the CBC be able to use public funding to run a campaign against the Sun (competition) coming to Canada? Should the CBC be completely overhauled or dismantled? Should the Liberals pay for their own news agency/cheerleader on their own dime?

    • That would be 30% of Canadians. The rest of us or 70% dont mind the CBC at all!

  41. The CBC, Liberal biased, say it ain't so. The rest of the Canadian media are the last people on earth to come to this realization. Even my shih tsu knows. Public funding for this left wing 'think' tank should be abolished. Those who do not agree with the left are bent over the barrel and forced to pay for this travesty.

  42. I tend to agree… I was in the top-right quadrant, somewhat close to the middle, and was rather dismayed to see the result 'you're closest to the liberal party'. 'You're not really close to any of the parties' would've been a more truthful result. Viewing this 'tool' as a toy and it's harmless… But being pushed as a 'helper' to figure out who to vote for by the CBC sort of leaves a bad taste.

  43. Well how can anyone be blamed for thinking the cbc is out there try to push people to the liberals,anyone who say's the cbc is not liberal bias should watch solomon in the afternoon.I have never seen such liberal cheerleading, even on the cbc, all on the public's dime.Well i take that back, mercer sure can crank it out for liberals as well,what they both have in common is the cbc,anyone see the pattern.

  44. Well how can anyone be blamed for thinking the cbc is out there try to push people to the liberals,anyone who say's the cbc is not liberal bias should watch solomon in the afternoon.I have never seen such liberal cheerleading, even on the cbc, all on the public's dime.Well i take that back, mercer sure can crank it out for liberals as well,what they both have in common is the cbc,anyone see the pattern.

  45. Do you value the opinions of a literal handful of paranoid libertarians over educated statisticians? You're a Conservative!
    Do you think spending a billions bucks on a few hours worth of meetings is a good use of taxpayers' dollars? You're a Conservative!

  46. Are there men out there with boldness enough to discuss this topic in national newspapers and on television? I say that CBC's Vote Compass is inappropriate during our election campaign. What say our usual bold ones Messrs. Coyne and Wells, and of course, the boldest, Mr. Rex Murphy.

  47. Are there men out there with boldness enough to discuss this topic in national newspapers and on television? I say that CBC's Vote Compass is inappropriate during our election campaign. What say our usual bold ones Messrs. Coyne and Wells, and of course, the boldest, Mr. Rex Murphy.

    • Tory owned polsters, tory owned CTV should not be allowed during an election…

  48. Your comment is much appreciated.

  49. SanDiegoDave noted:
    "My gut tells me the CBC should have tested this idea then trashed it. "

    That's just it SanDiegoDave…they DID test it.

    It does exactly what they want it to do.

  50. Vote Compass is a disgrace. Who will speak out about this election interference by the CBC? Where are the journalists like Coyne? Afraid to lose their stints on CBC?

  51. Vote Compass is a disgrace. Who will speak out about this election interference by the CBC? Where are the journalists like Coyne? Afraid to lose their stints on CBC?

  52. You say "Vote Compass is a "fun and Informative complement to the election." In other words, it's an attempt at election manipulation by our public broadcaster.

  53. You say "Vote Compass is a "fun and Informative complement to the election." In other words, it's an attempt at election manipulation by our public broadcaster.

    • You're aware you can have more than one sentence in a reply, right?

  54. I think an election campaign question/issue should be: Should the CBC be an option that you can choose to pay for or not? Should all the tax payers in Canada be forced to pay for this Leftist forum? Should the CBC be interferring with voter's decision making? Should the CBC be able to use public funding to run a campaign against the Sun (competition) coming to Canada? Should the CBC be completely overhauled or dismantled? Should the Liberals pay for their own news agency/cheerleader on their own dime?

  55. I'm sorry but if the sole mechanism you're using to determine how to vote is an online survey consisting of 30 questions, then there are clearly other issues at play here.

    Everyone that complains about the compass not aligning them with their party of choice clearly already knows where they stand regardless of where the votecompass places them.

    While the votecompass may be slightly biased, there is an entire page clarifying that the tool doesn't predict where you are going to vote nor does it tell you how to vote. If using it leads to people actually looking into the party platforms, what is the active harm?

  56. I'm sorry but if the sole mechanism you're using to determine how to vote is an online survey consisting of 30 questions, then there are clearly other issues at play here.

    Everyone that complains about the compass not aligning them with their party of choice clearly already knows where they stand regardless of where the votecompass places them.

    While the votecompass may be slightly biased, there is an entire page clarifying that the tool doesn't predict where you are going to vote nor does it tell you how to vote. If using it leads to people actually looking into the party platforms, what is the active harm?

  57. The word "compass" alone should be enough to alarm you. No matter which way a compass points it is providing direction. Vote Compass is an unacceptable program to be funded by Canadian taxpayers. Even if few Canadians are influenced by Vote Compass it is not an appropriate program to be funded by Canadians. Am I the only person who thinks this way?

  58. The word "compass" alone should be enough to alarm you. No matter which way a compass points it is providing direction. Vote Compass is an unacceptable program to be funded by Canadian taxpayers. Even if few Canadians are influenced by Vote Compass it is not an appropriate program to be funded by Canadians. Am I the only person who thinks this way?

  59. If ever there was a good example why we should look at public tax dollars going to the CBC – here we have it! .. we need to overhaul the entire agency and most especially the golden parachutes and pensions the executives get – INCREDIBLE!

  60. If ever there was a good example why we should look at public tax dollars going to the CBC – here we have it! .. we need to overhaul the entire agency and most especially the golden parachutes and pensions the executives get – INCREDIBLE!

    • Damn CBC! How can we get rid of the only fair news in Canada so the Candian public will be forced to watch the CTV or Conservative Television Network!

      • You need look no further than all the liberals on here praising the vote compass sham to realize how biased it really is.

  61. I certainly get the idea as to what you are.

  62. The key word there is "instead". They'd prefer to do both.

  63. Is that the new response now? "Oh, the party's positions are accurate, but the origin is off."

    What kind of questions would you suggest place the CPC closer to the middle?
    "Do you like to goose-step?"

  64. Cap and trade is nothing like a carbon tax.

    It's far worse.

  65. They do display where you stand, in comparison with where all the parties stand.
    Your argument is that they bother to calculate which one you're closest to — presumably if you're taking the test, it's for the very reason of perhaps seeing which parties policies you're closest to, not to reaffirm your extra-special uniqueness.

  66. So on one hand, I've got alfanerd telling me the reason the CPC act like they do is because they're in the minority and once a majority is achieved, we'll see their true colors shine through.

    On the other hand, jt here is telling me that the CPC aren't acting like they do because they're in a minority, but rather because they're attempting to move their party line.

    Neither one of which explains the lies, brinkmanship, and refusal to cooperate with other parties unless forced to under the spectre of losing power.

  67. You're aware you can have more than one sentence in a reply, right?

  68. canucklehead: Can you go look at the questions and answers provided and tell me which ones the compass assessed inaccurately for the CPC?

  69. The Liberals are the centrist party – a party that believes a balanced role for government and free enterprise. The Conservatives don't believe in government …so they can't be centrist. The NDP believes that the government is the solution for everything; that's not centrist.

  70. The Liberals are the centrist party – a party that believes a balanced role for government and free enterprise. The Conservatives don't believe in government …so they can't be centrist. The NDP believes that the government is the solution for everything; that's not centrist.

    • Shocking. A liberal praising vote compass. Shocking I say. MORE PROOF IT IS GARBAGE. Everytime a liberal posts on here they prove it again. Vote compass is a deliberate biased sham from a government funded (liberal) media arm. I'm not confused.

      • Canadians are free thinkers and liberal by nature. I'm not saying we are all liberal in our party bias, we are liberal in our everyday lives. That's what makes us Candian. just take a look at the world views Canada, at least befor Harper came along. Remember him saying 'you won't recognize Canada?

        • "Canadians are free thinkers and liberal by nature. … we are liberal in our everyday lives. That's what makes us Candian."

          Including Alberta?

  71. Lol, you're right, the CBC is kinda like Cosmo and the National Enquirer.

  72. Yet, the Conservatives are clearly ahead and headed to a majority. Hence you are wrong.

  73. News Flash people… Canadians are liberal by our very nature. We believe in helping those in need, we believe in healthcare, we believe in social justice. We are not war mongers, we help 3rd world countries, we are nice people. We are not conservative in our beliefs or our nature. That's a fact. If someone took the vote compass and answered undecided or no opinion in every question they could NOT be a tory. Simple as that. I know it is hard for a hard core tory to believe but we are Canadian and that's how we roll! Compasion rules in canada

  74. Are you angry that the CBC is the only news channel in Canada not owned by the tories? You are a tory…

  75. Tory owned polsters, tory owned CTV should not be allowed during an election…

  76. Damn CBC! How can we get rid of the only fair news in Canada so the Candian public will be forced to watch the CTV or Conservative Television Network!

  77. That would be 30% of Canadians. The rest of us or 70% dont mind the CBC at all!

  78. believing those CTV polsters again are ya?

  79. You need look no further than all the liberals on here praising the vote compass sham to realize how biased it really is.

  80. Shocking. A liberal praising vote compass. Shocking I say. MORE PROOF IT IS GARBAGE. Everytime a liberal posts on here they prove it again. Vote compass is a deliberate biased sham from a government funded (liberal) media arm. I'm not confused.

  81. I'm guessing nobody.

  82. Vote CompASS = duh LOSING

  83. Canadians are free thinkers and liberal by nature. I'm not saying we are all liberal in our party bias, we are liberal in our everyday lives. That's what makes us Candian. just take a look at the world views Canada, at least befor Harper came along. Remember him saying 'you won't recognize Canada?

  84. "Canadians are free thinkers and liberal by nature. … we are liberal in our everyday lives. That's what makes us Candian."

    Including Alberta?

  85. The conclusions the Vote Compass draws about respondents' alignments with parties are invalid because of the improper methodology it uses. To illustrate, take four statements that the Liberal party strongly disagrees with: #1 (about pulling Canadian troops out of Afghanistan), #8 (about adopting a carbon tax), #17 (about scrapping the long-gun registry), and #23 (about cutting government funding to political parties). Because these responses represent four opposing corners of the political landscape, they cancel each other out, representing a position exactly in the center of the Vote Compass landscape. However, if I strongly agree to each of these same four statements, I wind up at exactly the same position. Vote Compass's logic concludes from this witless exercise that I am in perfect idological alignment with the party that I vehemently opposed on every single issue. The CBC should be ashamed of itself for endorsing such a fatuous piece of rubbish.

  86. The conclusions the Vote Compass draws about respondents' alignments with parties are invalid because of the improper methodology it uses. To illustrate, take four statements that the Liberal party strongly disagrees with: #1 (about pulling Canadian troops out of Afghanistan), #8 (about adopting a carbon tax), #17 (about scrapping the long-gun registry), and #23 (about cutting government funding to political parties). Because these responses represent four opposing corners of the political landscape, they cancel each other out, representing a position exactly in the center of the Vote Compass landscape. However, if I strongly agree to each of these same four statements, I wind up at exactly the same position. Vote Compass's logic concludes from this witless exercise that I am in perfect idological alignment with the party that I vehemently opposed on every single issue. The CBC should be ashamed of itself for endorsing such a fatuous piece of rubbish.

  87. The CBC is a far left organization and as such will gather "independent" vote survey company intellects that will skew left. The reason is simple only one Party could possible see and act upon what a waste of tax payers money the CBC is and ask it to fend for itself in the real world-the conservative Party, making it CBC's enemy. It's simply a survival thing from CBC's perspective-understandable but sad.

  88. What Canada needed was Preston Manning and the reform party but it got was Stephan Harper and party conservative in name only. Instead of a flat tax and no more GST Canadians are still over taxed with a GST and if they want their money from tax returns they have to fill out complicated tax forms. Instead of law and order Canada has police who wear turbans like India, legal pot, sex trade and fat drunk drug addled mayors.
    A over bearing government that has a ministry of culture to impose Canadian content, A marketing control board regulating the color of butter and a lame economic action plan when lower taxes and wages would be more useful. Naturally they don’t understand capitalism. A Canada that has abandened it Christian roots with heathen idols and allowing heathen terrorist into the country.

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