About us

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A question— Do politicians keep their promises?

A mission — The Polimetre measures the fulfillment of election promises by elected government over the course of their mandate. The Polimetre’s mission is to provide citizens, the media and researchers with objective, transparent and reliable political information about government actions.

A research team  — Each Polimetre is produced by a team of experienced researchers and trained research assistants. 

A rigorous methodology — The Centre for the Analysis of Public Policy (CAPP) at Université Laval developed the Polimetre’s methodology to extract promises from election platforms, conduct research to document government action related to promises, assess the level of promise fulfillment, update reliable verdicts in real time, and render them available online directly.

Our analysis of the different levels of pledge fulfillment and our rules for classifying promises by level of fulfillment are based on the method elaborated by the Comparative Party Pledge Group (CPPG), a consortium of international researchers who are interested in the comparative study of election promise fulfillment and who have published numerous scientific articles and books on this subject.

A registered trademark — Polimetre = polyvalent and bilingual name that combines Poli for politics or public policies + metre for neutral and independent analyses

A little history — In 2013, inspired by similar tools that existed in the United States (Obamameter) and in France (Lui Président), CAPP resear- chers created this tool to measure the fulfillment of election promises

Since, the Polimetre team has analysed pledge fulfillment by governments in Canada (Polimetre Harper and Polimetre Trudeau) and in Quebec (Polimetre Marois, Polimetre Couillard and Polimetre Legault). In 2019, researchers developed the Polimetre Higgs in New Brunswick thanks to a partnership between the Donald J. Savoie Institute (IDJS) and the CAPP.

Independent financing — Since its creation, the operations and development of the Polimetre have been supported directly by the CAPP through a research grant from the Fonds de Recherche du Québec Société et Culture and through the dedication of CAPP researchers. Recently, the Polimetre received punctual support from the Centre for the Study of Democratic Citizenship (McGill) and the Political Science department at Université Laval. The Polimetre Higgs project is financed by the Quebec Secrétariat aux relations canadiennes, l’IDJS and the CAPP.

For  more  information about the Polimetre:   polimetre@capp.ulaval.ca                                                                                                                                                                                     Polimetre logo: Phil Langlois.