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Election guide

Deputy editor,

On June 28, you'll have many ways to watch the election unfold on As a result of an Elections Canada decision, we'll be able to give you live results.

It all starts at 7 p.m. EDT, when polls close in Newfoundland and Labrador. Other Atlantic provinces start reporting at 7:30 p.m. Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta start at 9:30 p.m. At 10 p.m., polls close in British Columbia.

What to expect:

  • Breaking news: Starting at 7 p.m. EDT, our team of reporters and editors will bring you stories on the parties and on the regions. Check back often, as we'll be adding stories. Our main story will have all the latest details.
  • Your election home page: Follow our coverage at our main page at, or, for in-depth coverage and features, bookmark our Decision 2004 election page
  • Full results: Like maps? We've got them. Want to follow your riding? You'll find it here. Want provincial, party or full results? We've got that too. (More details below)
  • We have compiled a candidate tracker that will let you follow interesting races throughout the country.

    For those only interested in a few, we have for you a 30 To Watch tracker where you'll find the leaders and interesting candidates and races.

    In addition, we will have regional trackers

  • Atlantic provinces (7 p.m., 7:30 p.m.)
  • Quebec (9:30 p.m.)
  • Ontario (9:30 p.m.)
  • Prairies (9:30 p.m.)
  • British Columbia (10 p.m.)

    Plus, look for these features:

    Editor's note from May 23, 2004:

    Howard Dean may be a distant memory by the time Americans vote in November, but he will be remembered as a politician who saw his fortunes rise and fall with the Internet.

    The onetime U.S. Democrat hopeful showed how the Internet can raise a candidacy from scratch by tapping into the grassroots, and how the medium can bring one down. The evidence? How about the 30,000-plus mentions in Google of the notorious "scream" that nixed his dream as a potential challenger to George W. Bush?

    So as we enter Canada's campaign period, the medium comes of age. The parties are prepared, with Blackberrys unholstered, attack websites unleashed, press wires poised to inundate journalists and the public with messages.

    For the voting public, which is fighting the tide of apathy in the past four elections, there is a chance for the citizens to get engaged with the issues on an interactive level.

    And for journalists, the election presents a golden opportunity to find a place somewhere in the middle, part messenger, part watchdog, part participant.

    Join us at for Web-coverage of the campaign on our main site and on our elections page, Decision 2004 (

    Here's what's we have in store.

    • Daily breaking news coverage. Our team of on-line reporters in Toronto, our Ottawa bureau and our reporters on the trail will be covering the ups and downs of the campaign, from the writ drop to platform releases, from the debate night to the inevitable scandals. We'll be there throughout the next five weeks, ready to bring you live coverage on June 28, and on the aftershocks the day after.
    • On election night, we'll bring all our resources together to bring you live coverage, including constantly changing news stories, up-to-date results by nation, province and your home riding and more.

      Other features:

    • An election history feature that will let you see all the results since Confederation with a focus on the past four votes. An updated poll tracker that will let you follow what fellow Canadians would vote. An indepth platform checker that will let you parse the parties' stand on 16 key issues. Biographies of the major party leaders

    • A debate analysis feature that will let you look back at a pivotal night in the campaign.

    • A campaign tracker that will let you look ahead -- and back -- as the campaign wears on. Also, a flashback section that will provide archives of all the stories we report on the Web and from the paper.

    • A voter analyzer that'll check your views against those of the parties. You may be in for some surprises.

    • A voters' toolkit that'll arm you with information on when to vote, how to vote and a few facts and figures about elections.

      We plan to make our site home to a variety of voices
    • Through our blogs from the campaign, you can follow the behind-the-scenes stories from our reporters.

    • See what other Canadians think in our Citizens' Dialogue where you'll be able to follow a group of voters as they voice their opinions and, at the end, tell you who will get their vote.

    • We'll have frequent media analysis from a university research team, a weekly flash feature from cartoonist Jim Phillips and a pundit panel that will weigh in on the campaign from time to time.

    • We are a media partner of Student Vote 2004. Classrooms are encouraged to use our site as a resource. Participate in our Ask a journalist feature in which we'll answer questions about the election and electoral process.

    • We will also send out a daily newsletter to your e-mail inbox. Sign up here.

    Here are a few features we're excited about:

  • At the top of every election story, you can access 308 riding pages so you can see who's running in your area, and where you can follow for live results on election night. You can also search by postal code. Plus, you'll be able to look at demographic information for each riding based the 2001 Census.

  • A comprehensive candidate biography page so you can get to know who's running in your riding. This feature will be updated throughout the campaign.

  • And on election night, an interactive map will give you a different way of exploring the results as they come in.

    So set a bookmark on our elections page at and join us every day for live coverage, and make a place for us on election night on June 28.

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