The three faces of Election 2008: Maclean's goes in-depth

    In a special ELECTION 2008 issue of Maclean's, the magazine presents not
    one cover story, but three. Our team of political experts uncovers the
    real agendas that drive the leaders, their campaigns and their ambitions.
    On newsstands starting Sept. 18.

    TORONTO, Sept. 18 /CNW/ - For Stephen Harper, getting elected is not the
only thing he's striving for. He aims to change the country, reorienting its
political culture. Jack Layton, meanwhile, is building his campaign around his
being the "PM in waiting" and Stéphane Dion is desperately hoping he can sell
his one big idea - the green shift - as both an environmental breakthrough and
sound economic policy.
    As Campaign 2008 unfolds, the candidates are revealing their true colours
in all their complexities. Maclean's gets up close to the campaign action in
20 pages of coverage.

    The revolutionary: From day to day Harper can be full of surprises,
reports senior columnist Paul Wells, but his long-term plan is to change his
party, by moving it to the centre, and thus change the country. His "long-term
goal," Harper tells Wells, "is to make Conservatives the natural governing
party of the country. To do that, you have to pull the centre of the political
spectrum toward conservatism."

    Dion's big idea: Determined diehards won't win the race for Stéphane Dion
- he needs the undecideds. A campaign micromanager with an image problem, his
surprisingly scrappy nature and forward-looking "green" policy may be what he
needs to win them over. But he's also got to convince a skeptical nation that
he can manage an economic downturn.

    Jack's attack: Some may chuckle when the NDP says it wants to be taken
seriously, but with Layton's political gifts, steely ambition, attempt to be
all things to all people - and with other candidates' vulnerabilities - his
campaign is gathering strength. Associate editor Aaron Wherry reports.


    -   Andrew Coyne on why media coverage of the election should be about
        people and platforms, not polls and strategies.

    -   Profiles of Green Party Leader Elizabeth May and the Bloc's
        Gilles Duceppe.


    With stock markets reeling and the world financial system in free fall,
deputy managing editor Steve Maich, one of the country's leading business
journalists, cuts through the chaos to explain the roots of the problem, and
what needs to be done to turn things around.

    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

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