I was fully prepared to write a long exhaustive rant about indecision in Canada and how a Conservative Minority would result in yet another short lived government. However seemingly out of nowhere the Conservatives pulled out a Majority government with a nice margin of victory. What a wild and crazy night! To begin the night here in Ontario CBC News accidentally showed the early results from Atlantic Canada a full half hour before the polls were closed. To no surprise the Twitter universe was all over the CBC’s error but this was just the start of an unusual election night.
What happened that was so crazy you say? First of all the Liberal party took a massive beating falling, to a third place finish and an all time low of 34 seats. The Liberals rather unpopular leader Michael Ignatieff lost his seat in Parliament to a Conservative rookie which followed by a rather sober speech from Mr. Ignatieff as he accepted responsibility for the massive defeat his party suffered. He looked like a defeated man as he took responsibility for his parties defeat. This morning he officially announced his resignation, initiating a much needed change of leadership for the Liberal Party.
Outside of the Majority the big story is the NDP. They single handily took down the Liberals and Bloc in Quebec and cruised to their 102 seats. They were so wildly popular in Quebec that several MP’s who won had not even visited their respective ridings. Not to mention the bar tender who doesn’t speak much French and was vacationing in Vegas, yup even she won. Seriously here is the story if you haven’t heard. Quebec helped the NDP move up the rankings as the official opposition for the first time in its history. I can see the draw to Jack Layton. He has a big smile, an outstanding mustache and a very loved wife, Olivia Chow who receives massive support in her Trinity-Spadina riding. They are the fun loving face of the NDP, which is an obvious draw. How often do you get an inter-racially hip, urban dwelling, bike-riding couple running a political party? So good for the NDP’s, now lets see how long the love lasts…
Of course the biggest news of the night is the Conservative Majority won by Mr Harper and his fellow Conservatives. I wasn’t sure it could be done, but as the Ontario numbers started to roll in and the projected seat count broke the 100 mark, it was becoming apparent with the Conservative loving West yet to be counted the Majority Mr Harper has been dreaming up was within reach.
Now we will have 4 years of Conservative Government, without the interruption of mindless political games forcing elections. Let’s give Stephen Harper his 4 years in office and of course if Canada is not happy with him as leader there will be another election in 2015. Only nearly every party will have a new Leader at the helm, which could make for yet another interesting election.Advertisement