Barry Kay's blog

Waterloo Region emerges as campaign battleground as election nears

Published on Oct. 13, 2015 on 570 News.

First Harper, now Trudeau.

Get used to seeing the federal party leaders in Waterloo Region in the lead-up to the election.

With a tight race, and an especially tight race in Kitchener-Waterloo and Cambridge, there’s a reason why party leaders are coming to town so often, according to Dr. Barry Kay, an associate professor of political science at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Liberals lead latest seat projections, slightly ahead of Tories

Published on Oct. 13, 2015, on Global News.

The Liberal Party could be poised to win a minority government, according to seat projections from the Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy.

The Liberals, who started the election in third place, have overtaken the Conservatives in seat projections, with 128 seats to the Conservatives’ 122. The NDP, once the front-runner, is trailing with 84 seats.

Voters encounter long lineups at advance polls over holiday weekend

Published Oct. 10, 2015 on CTV News.

Canadians who were hoping to beat the crowds by casting their votes in advance polls this weekend are in for a surprise, as many people have faced long lineups for the second straight day.

At polling stations in Halifax on Saturday, lines began to form early in the day.

Stephanie McInnis showed up early to cast her vote, and says crowds started to form soon after.

Green Party leader accuses Harper of talking about niqab to divert Canadians from Conservative record

Published Oct. 9, 2015, in the Guelph Mercury

GUELPH — When political leaders come to town they usually talk about other political leaders.

That certainly was the case Thursday evening when Green Party Leader Elizabeth May made her second campaign visit to Guelph in the past three weeks.