What is "Reality Check"?
"You have to try to bluff the public, and the public knows and expects this. In other words, you can't say anything sensible. It's got to be all bullshit during an election campaign."
ELECTION DAY ANALYSIS
July 18 1996
The assumption behind "Reality Check" is that what you are hearing from the campaign trail may not always conform with reality. Our purpose is to help you make an informed choice on Jan. 23 by separating what is "real" from what is campaign hyperbole.
CBC.ca has gathered together a senior team of journalists to look behind the partisan rhetoric and post their insights here on a regular basis.
- Jan. 24, 2006: What if Canada had a different way of electing MPs? by Robert Sheppard
- Jan. 24, 2006: What happened to Paul Martin? by John Gray
- Jan. 24, 2006: What Will be in the First Conservative Speech from the Throne? by Ira Basen
- Jan. 24, 2006: Gentlemen, start the revolution…very, very slowly by Robert Sheppard
- Jan. 24, 2006: Quebec still: The problem with Quebec endures by John Gray
- Jan. 19, 2006: Promises, promises. The final tally. by CBC.ca Reality Check Team
- Jan. 18, 2006: What happens if the Tories walk away from Kyoto? by Robert Sheppard
- Jan. 18, 2006: The real cost of scrapping the $2 billion gun registry by Karin Marley
- Jan. 18, 2006: The cost of helping others by John Gray
- Jan. 17, 2006: Aboriginal Policy by Ira Basen
- Jan. 17, 2006: Taxing inquiries by Robert Sheppard
- Jan. 17, 2006: Taxes: whose cuts are the deepest? (An update) by Ira Basen
- Jan. 16, 2006: When a democracy is not really democratic by John Gray
- Jan. 13, 2006: Who cares about child care? by John Gray
- Jan. 12, 2006: For the military, is the cheque in the mail? by John Gray
- Jan. 12, 2006: What's really behind the Option Canada "scandal" by Ira Basen
- Jan. 6, 2006: Should Stephen Harper be giving the provinces Ottawa's cash? by Robert Sheppard
- Jan. 5, 2006: Doing the crime and doing the time by Ira Basen
- Jan. 4, 2006: Ships, taxes and patriotism by John Gray
- Jan. 4, 2006: Is Ottawa playing the polling game? by Robert Sheppard
- Jan. 3, 2006: Once more, few women, fewer minorities by John Gray
- Dec. 30, 2005: The Conservatives' tax break for users of public transit: Is it enough to get commuters to leave their cars at home? by Ira Basen
- Dec. 30, 2005: So, what’s missing from the party platforms this time out? by Robert Sheppard
- Dec. 22, 2005: Have the Liberals lost the moral authority to govern? Can they get it back? by Ira Basen
- Dec. 22, 2005: Patriot games. Why is Paul Martin criticizing Stephen Harper for being more like him on Quebec? by Robert Sheppard
- Dec. 20, 2005: Is true crime on the rise? by Robert Sheppard
- Dec. 20, 2005: What really happened in the 2004 election, and can it happen again? by Ira Basen
- Dec. 20, 2005: Notwithstanding notwithstanding by Robert Sheppard
- Dec. 15, 2005: When it comes to tax credits, read the fine print by Robert Sheppard
- Dec. 14, 2005: Was the American ambassador meddling in a Canadian election? by John Gray
- Dec. 14, 2005: Does DART need to get bigger, or smaller? by Ira Basen
- Dec. 13, 2005: Turnaround on Iraq.Will no one stand shoulder to shoulder with George W. Bush today? by Robert Sheppard
- Dec. 13, 2005: Where are the women in Parliament? by John Gray
- Dec. 12, 2005: The provinces gave Paul Martin a campaign gift for his Christmas election – a pledge to cut hospital wait times in five key areas. But it's a present that comes with no guarantees. by Robert Sheppard
- Dec. 9, 2005: Why Jack Layton scrambled for cover on private clinics by John Gray
- Dec. 9, 2005: Do the Americans Have a Global Conscience? by Ira Basen
- Dec. 8, 2005: Is happiness a banned gun? by John Gray
- Dec. 8, 2005: How many child-care spaces does a billion bucks buy? by Robert Sheppard
- Dec. 8, 2005: Energy gluttons? Who us? by Robert Sheppard
From CBC TV The National:
CBC TV's Neil Macdonald on the costs of the Conservative platform.
Jan. 13, 2006 [Runs 2:39]
CBC TV's Neil Macdonald has a reality check on the NDP's proposals.
Jan. 11, 2006 [Runs 2:40]
CBC TV's Susan Ormiston looks at how the notwithstanding clause has been used in the past and why Martin chose to bring it up now.
Jan. 10, 2006 [Runs 2:57]
CBC TV's Neil Macdonald on the parties' tax plans.
Jan. 9, 2006 [Runs 2:47]
CBC TV's Neil Macdonald on the Conservatives and income tax.
Jan. 6, 2006 [Runs 2:25]
CBC TV's Neil Macdonald on Stephen Harper's accusations that the Liberals misused taxpayer money when they awarded contracts.
Jan. 4, 2006 [Runs 2:05]
CBC TV's Susan Ormiston on negative ads.
Jan. 3, 2006 [Runs 2:53]
CBC TV's Neil Macdonald has a Reality Check on Stephen Harper and where he has stood on U.S. policies.
Dec. 13, 2005 [Runs 2:35]
CBC TV's Neil Macdonald on the Liberals' proposal to ban handguns.
Dec. 8, 2005 [Runs 3:09]
CBC TV's Susan Ormiston takes a look at the Liberals and the Conservatives' two visions for daycare.
Dec. 6, 2005 [Runs 2:58]
CBC TV's Susan Ormiston on private health care and the NDP.
Dec. 5, 2005 [Runs 2:41]
The Liberals say it's their government that has turned decades of deficits into surpluses and debt reduction. CBC TV's Neil Macdonald has a reality check.
Dec. 4, 2005 [Runs 3:03]
CBC TV's Neil Macdonald takes a closer look at the Conservative pledge to cut the GST.
Dec. 1, 2005 [Runs 3:03]
CBC TV's Neil Macdonald on the candidates' message track.
Nov. 29, 2005 [Runs 2:34]