When an election is called in Canada, a writ of election is drawn up for every constituency across the country, instructing the local returning officer to hold an election. When the election is over, the writ is returned with the name of the successful candidate.

Without the writ, there’s no election.

The Writ

The Writ is about elections in Canada, from byelections taking place in the smallest provincial ridings to national campaigns that can re-shape the course of history.

It’s written by me, Éric Grenier. I’ve been writing about electoral politics since 2008, when I launched the website ThreeHundredEight.com. I’ve written for publications like The Globe and Mail, The Huffington Post Canada and The Hill Times, and I was a senior writer and the CBC’s polls analyst working out of its parliamentary bureau in Ottawa from 2014 to 2021.

Over my career, I’ve covered dozens of elections across Canada. At The Writ, I’m going to cover dozens more.

Why subscribe?

Paid subscribers to The Writ will have full access to its content, such as the Weekly Writ every Wednesday and updates to the Grenier Political Report, along with other exclusive analyses and content. You won’t have to worry about missing anything — every new article or podcast goes directly to your inbox!

In addition to having unfettered access to everything from the site, you’ll get exclusive bonus podcast episodes during campaigns and be able to take part in the discussion threads. There’ll be some other perks, too, as The Writ expands to other platforms.

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Me during the CBC’s federal election night radio special in 2019. (Credit: Evan Mitsui/CBC)

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Éric Grenier 
Write about Canadian elections, politics and polls, formerly of the CBC's parliamentary bureau in Ottawa.