Election 2008: Maclean's magazine delivers the inside story

    Comprehensive and surprising behind-the-scenes coverage from top
    political commentators Paul Wells and Andrew Coyne, plus exclusive photos
    - on newsstands starting today

    TORONTO, Oct. 16 /CNW/ - Secret memos, backroom ploys, on-camera
blunders, attack ads and crucial mistakes. What really happened in Stephen
Harper's unsuccessful lunge for a majority? And why did Stéphane Dion, just
when he seemed to be hitting his stride, lose it? How much impact did the
crashing economy have on the election's outcome? It was a short and chaotic
election with many twists and turns, and Maclean's was there throughout.
    This special election issue of Maclean's is a culmination of months of
work by a team of expert political journalists, exploring how we ended up with
another minority government and what it means for Canada. Maclean's delivers
the information, perspective and context required to make sense of this major
event in the life of Canada.
    At the centre of our coverage, senior columnist Paul Wells presents an
insightful 36-page, seven-part account of the campaign from the drop of the
writ to the concession speeches.

    -   They're off: Harper calls an election he promised he wouldn't.
    -   The ground war: Harper focuses on Quebec, Dion baffles and Layton's
        TV spot strikes a note of fear.
    -   The field widens: The NDP has one thing it didn't before - bags of
        cash to buy ads. Elizabeth May elevates a high profile even higher.
    -   Slipping away: Harper's arts funding cuts create an opportunity for
        his opponents.
    -   The Debates: Elizabeth May fights her way into the leader's debates
        and Jack Layton delivers the best zingers of the night.
    -   The home stretch: Harper's Tories watch their majority dream fade.
    -   Back to the future: So, what's really changed?

    PLUS... National editor Andrew Coyne asks "Is it possible for everyone to
lose an election?" Analyzing the state of our national polity, he notes: The
Tories blew their best chance for a majority; the Liberals' popular vote is
one of the worst in modern history; the NDP aimed to become the new
government-in-waiting, but finished only slightly ahead of last time; the
Bloc's popular vote share declined; and the Greens elected no-one. Did
everybody lose? And what does that mean for the future?

    About Maclean's

    Maclean's is Canada's only national weekly current affairs magazine.
Maclean's enlightens, engages and entertains 2.8 million readers with strong
investigative reporting and exclusive stories from leading journalists in the
fields of international affairs, social issues, national politics, business
and culture. Visit www.macleans.ca.

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For further information: Louise Leger, (416) 764-4125,

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