Candidates take political test

We took the Vote Compass to the candidates to find out where they really stand – and if that aligns with their party’s stance.

By Paula Sanderson and Ethan Calof

Close to one million people have taken part in the CBC Political Vote Compass, including three of the four Halifax MP candidates. Launched Saturday March 26, the CBC Vote Compass was developed by a team of political researchers from the University of Toronto. After you answer 30 questions on a five-point scale, the Vote Compass lets you know which party you align with most.

We took the Vote Compass to the candidates to find out where they really stand – and if that aligns with their party’s stance.

Michael Dewar, the Green candidate, tested as Green. Liberal candidate Stan Kutcher’s results ended up being Liberal, but surprisingly, so did those of Conservative candidate George Nikolaou.

NDP candidate Megan Leslie declined to take part in the Vote Compass. “I’m not comfortable ranking such critical issues with words like very or somewhat,” she says.

Scroll down the chart to see s0me of the questions and to compare who said what with the views of each party.

Want to take the test yourself? It takes about ten minutes – click here.

Watch George Stroumboulopoulos talk about the CBC Vote Compass.

YouTube video copyright CBC.

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George Nikolaou's political compass (Copyright CBC).
George Nikolaou's political compass (Copyright CBC).
Michael Dewar's political Compass (Copyright CBC).
Stan Kutcher's political compass (Copyright CBC).
The Question The Answers The Party Answers
How much should the government spend on the military Stan Kutcher: About the same as Now 

Michael Dewar: Much Less

George Nikolaou: About the Same as Now

Liberal: Somewhat Less  

Green: Somewhat Less

Conservative: Somewhat More

NDP: About the Same as now

The federal budget deficit should be reduced, even if it leads to fewer public services? Stan Kutcher: Somewhat Agree 

Michael Dewar: Somewhat Agree

George Nikolaou: Somewhat Disagree

Liberal: Neither Agree, Nor Disagree  

Green: Strongly Disagree

Conservative: Somewhat Agree

NDP: Somewhat Disagree

Canada should adopt a carbon tax. Stan Kutcher: Neither Agree, Nor Disagree 

Michael Dewar: Strongly Agree

George Nikolaou: Somewhat Disagree

Liberal: Strongly Disagree  

Green: Strongly Agree

Conservative: Strongly Disagree

NDP: Somewhat Disagree

How much of a role should the private sector have in health care? Stan Kutcher: About the same as now 

Michael Dewar: Much Less

George Nikolaou: About the same as now.

Liberal: Somewhat Less  

Green: Much Less

Conservative: Somewhat more

NDP: Much Less

Marriage should only be between a man and a woman. Stan Kutcher: Strongly Disagree 

Michael Dewar: Strongly Disagree

George Nikolaou: Neither Agree, Nor Disagree

Liberal: Strongly Disagree  

Green: Strongly Disagree

Conservative: Strongly Agree

NDP: Strongly Disagree

How much tax should corporations pay? Stan Kutcher: About the Same as Now 

Michael Dewar: Much More

George Nikolaou: Neither Agree, Nor Disagree

Liberal: Somewhat more  

 

Green: Somewhat More

Conservative: Much Less

NDP: Somewhat More