Canadians redraw the electoral map as Canada returns to majority government rule for the first time in seven years.
By Adrian Duyzer
Published May 02, 2011
In an election that saw the Liberals crumble, the Bloc destroyed, and the NDP make historic gains, the Conservatives have reached their long-sought majority, taking Canada back to majority government status for the first time in seven years and giving Stephen Harper a powerful mandate.
Stephen Harper returns as prime minister, this time leading a majority government. Jack Layton will become the leader of the official opposition. And it seems inconceivable that Michael Ignatieff will stay on as leader of the Liberal Party, leaving that party to ponder its future after a crushing defeat.
The Bloc Québécois has been virtually destroyed, replaced by the NDP and left with a mere three seats. Where the Green Party sits at the moment in the vote count, precisely, isn't clear, but what is clear is that they had no major impact on this election.
From the Globe & Mail:
Stephen Harper’s Conservatives surged to a majority government Monday, winning their third consecutive election, as voters dramatically redrew Canada’s political map.
The New Democratic Party, propelled by the personal popularity of Leader Jack Layton, also scored a stunning success, becoming the Official Opposition, as the Liberal vote collapsed and the Bloc Québécois was all but wiped out. Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff and Bloc Leader Gilles Duceppe were battling for their political lives in their own ridings.
As of 10:45 p.m. ET, the Conservatives had won or were leading in about 165 seats out of the 308 in the House of Commons, 10 more than needed for a majority, while the New Democrats had soared past 100 and the Liberals had tumbled to about 30. The Bloc had less than a handful of seats.
At the time of writing the Conservatives had picked up 40% of the popular vote, with the NDP coming in at 30%. Voters resoundingly rejected Michael Ignatieff and the Liberal Party, with less than one in five Canadians casting a vote in their favour.
Locally, the NDP did very well, winning in Hamilton Centre, Hamilton East-Stoney Creek, and Hamilton Mountain. The Conservatives took Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough and Niagara West-Glanbrook.
Winners in the region are as follows:
The next four years will be, without a doubt, interesting. They'll also be, I think, controversial. Given the way Hamiltonians voted tonight, I have no doubt many Hamiltonians will be watching quite closely to see what happens.
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