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Monday, January 09, 2006

Finding Canadian Blogs

Well, election fever is running full tilt in Canada. Our political leaders have had their moment in the spotlight. Martin, Harper, Layton, and Duceppe squared off again tonight in debate, and pundits and pollsters were quick with analysis.

In a debate with no clear winner, Martin stunned everyone in saying he would eliminate the Charter's notwithstanding clause. According to the media, this unanticipated move could be the tie-breaker the Liberals need to regain their lead and divert attention from the income trust scandal. Then again, maybe not.

What do ordinary Canadians think? Poised to go to the polls in two weeks, many remain undecided, fed up with Liberal corruption but wary of Conservative hidden agendas. I began to wonder what the blogosphere might have to say about it, and it should come as no surprise that it's a booming source of Canadian public opinion. In fact, we are very well represented in the blogging world. Here are some places to look for Canadian information:

  1. BlogsCanada is a blogging portal with a variety of services and a good list of reviewed and rated Canadian blogs. There are 266 blogs alone just devoted to political commentary. One sure to be of interest to undecided voters is HarperWatch.
  2. Goofy name notwithstanding, the Truth Laid Bear is an excellent resource for identifying popular blogs and analyzing traffic. The site's comprehensive list of Canadian blogs is ranked by popularity.
  3. Blog.ca. Just emerging from beta testing, this blogging software tool also offers a blog directory and allows users to publish photos.
  4. And finally, for a snapshot of Canadian voter opinion of the respective leaders' performances, go to Technorati and type in the query canadian election debate harper martin layton.

If you know of other good Canadian blogging resources, please drop a comment and share the URL here.

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