posted on May, 2 2011 @ 10:42 PM
Canadians have handed Prime Minister Stephen Harper his first-ever majority government, in a historic result that also saw the mighty Liberals
decimated and the separatist movement in Quebec all but obliterated. In a stunning result, NDP Leader Jack Layton made history by becoming the
first-ever NDP leader to move into Stornaway as the official Opposition leader. While Layton and his party were cruising to a historic win, the
Liberals and the Bloc were heading for crushing defeats.
Much of the NDP's rise has been attributed to a burst of support in Quebec, where Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe was forced to do heavy battle
in his home Montreal riding and across the province. Just after 10:30 p.m. ET, these were the results for elected or leading ridings:
* Conservatives: 156 ridings * NDP: 105 ridings * Liberals: 33 * Bloc Quebecois: 3
An interesting result I did not expect, a Conservative Majority. Which makes me question a lot of things about this most recent of ridiculously often
elections. Is this why Canada has had 4 elections in 6 years? Were they trying to manufacture a Conservative Majority?
I have to say, a lot about the recent, unpredictable rise in the NDP seems fishy. What caused it? Why the apparent switch for so many from Liberal to
NDP? IT seems like the last two Liberal leaders (Dion and Ignatief) were almost chosen to lose. Dion came across as a weenie, and Ignatief sounds like
All of this is presupposing that the Conservative Party will now push forward with a very pro-big business agenda that will continue to speed up the
process of making Canada more of a corporate utopia along the lines of the US.
At the same time, though, a Conservative Majority may mean a swing of the pendulum back to the left for Canada in a few years, as the Conservatives
with baby Bush in charge have been calling the shots since 2000