Since 2011, the CBC has run Vote Compass for various federal and provincial elections.* Vote Compass is “an educational tool developed by political scientists designed to help you explore how you fit in Canada’s political landscape.”
I went through all the questions and here is the basic summary of my results:
If you do complete the Vote Compass, there are many more graphs and charts that detail (for example) which parties most closely match your beliefs on specific issues; how you rate the various leaders; a party-by-party view of various issues, like labour, education, taxation, foreign policy).
Although it’s obviously not perfect, I think Vote Compass is a pretty good educational tool. I always do a unit with my Fundamental English class on the political system and voting if there’s an upcoming election (federal, provincial, municipal) as part of the “civic engagement” piece of the course; I think this will be a quick, easy and informative way to engage them in thinking about the issues during this federal election–and encouraging them to vote. In one of the new open access coursepacks for Fundamental English, there is a section on how to register to vote. I was so pleased that the author, Shantel Ivits, recognized that many people in ABE are systemically disempowered, and getting people involved in the electoral process is a key component of developing empowerment.
* The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the Wall Street Journal, and Television New Zealand have also sponsored Vote Compass for their respective country’s elections.