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    Default Canadian Election Results 2011

    Edit: I didn't see election stuff posted in the forum, sorry if it's elsewhere

    I know it's not as interesting as Superman's nationality or Osama Bin Laden, but the election was actually pretty interesting by Canadian standards. Voter turnout was 61.4 % according to elections Canada preliminary estimates. This is slightly up from the historic low in 2008. Did you vote?

    Results:

    Conservatives: 167 seats (39.62% of votes)
    NDP: 102 Seats (30.62%)
    Liberals: 34 (18.91%)
    BQ: 4 (6.05%)
    Green: 1 (3.91%)

    Well Harper has a majority, Layton's NDP is the new opposition with their incredible surge, and the Liberals had their worst showing in the party's history, their next worst showing coming in 1867 where they garnered about 23% of the votes. The BQ has been largely eliminated, Duceppe did not win his seat and has resigned. Ignatieff lost his seat and at first said he wasn't going to resign unless his party asked him to, but he ended up quitting today.

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    Did it go down how you expected?

    Is anyone scared of what Harper will do with a majority? Or are they quite pleased?

    What kind of opposition do you think the NDP will be?

    What is the future of the Liberal party? What do you make of the speculations about Liberals merging with the NDP? How much is Iggy to blame for the party's embarrassing results?

    Many people are complaining that Harper got a majority government with just 40% of the votes--what do you think about our electoral system?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Forever_Jung View Post
    Did you vote?
    Yup.

    Conservatives: 167 seats (39.62% of votes)
    NDP: 102 Seats (30.62%)
    Liberals: 34 (18.91%)
    BQ: 4 (6.05%)
    Green: 1 (3.91%)
    Did it go down how you expected?
    I had a feeling that NDP was gonna make a huge history-making sweep this election (and I am all too happy that I was a tiny part of that), so I was kind of expecting either Conservatives or Liberals to be bounced off their perpetual 1st or 2nd positions. Wasn't happy with which of the two evils got bounced off, as for me, Liberals were lesser of the two (although choosing Ignatieff to represent the Liberal party was the nail in the coffin from the start). So, hurrah for him quitting (politely being asked to leave, "head held high", whatever!).

    Is anyone scared of what Harper will do with a majority? Or are they quite pleased?
    That's what is a bit worrisome because with the dismal seats captured by the Liberals, and no one caring to pay attention to NDP issues, and, with Conservative being a fucking majority government now, it's too much control in their hands. I was really really hoping for at least a minority government, if either the Conservatives or Liberals won, so that NDPs' voices could finally be heard/have an impact.



    What kind of opposition do you think the NDP will be?
    Jack is tenacious, he is committed, and he's been around almost as long as Jesus. Hopefully, this is a seachange in the "two-party system" that's long been going on in Canada. If anything, I think they will show their worth in salt for a serious consideration for 2016 [which can't come soon enough!].

    What is the future of the Liberal party? What do you make of the speculations about Liberals merging with the NDP? How much is Iggy to blame for the party's embarrassing results?
    To throw off the Conservatives, a merge makes sense. But, it seems shady because I really don't see how a lot of their positions could honestly converge - i.e., more about being motivated to corner the vote-bank versus ideologies matching up.

    what do you think about our electoral system?
    I always felt a bit uneasy being restricted to vote ONLY for my local MP, without directly electing our PM.

    PS - fuck you Harper, fuck you!

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    I'm thrilled that the Conservatives got a majority as I really like a lot of the fiscal stuff that Harper is proposing/has done like income splitting, increased levels for tax free savings accounts, tax reduction. I feel like he's kept his word better than the last several prime ministers who have been in power and he's got something done despite a recession and a minority government. I'm not embarrassed of him representing us internationally. He's dignified, level, prime ministerial and won't be pushed around. I really can't see him making a huge veer to the right like some people are expecting, as I think he is a realist. Everyone is going to be influenced by the values they hold, but I don't see him making issues of a lot that's controversial from the past. His values most closely match mine though, so I feel like there's someone who may at least not directly oppose what matters to me most. I like it that he is an economist rather than a lawyer by trade. I feel that at last there is some representation for the west, compared with some of the elections when I was growing up where after Quebec and Ontario's votes came in, people turned off their TVs.

    The way the whole election shook out was a big surprise to me, but overall, I think it is good. I'm really pleased that the Bloc is out, as I think it should be illegal to have a party whose sole intent is splitting the country. I think it will be interesting to see what Layton does with the very eclectic group of MPs he has and how he handles all his new Quebec constituents' interests. The liberal party really needs a dynamic leader. I think more people would have been willing to vote liberal if that were the case. I don't think that Ignatief was a bad guy and he communicated well, but I don't think he really was someone that Canadians identified with particularly.

    I don't know how I feel about our electoral system. There's certainly room for improvement, although I don't think I would go to the system the US follows either.

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    Mixed feelings (not a Canadian, btw.). I'm glad the Conservatives won a majority, but I'm not thrilled with the emergence of the NDP as the second largest party. I would actually rather have had the Liberals win a majority than have a socialist party as one of the top two parties. I think the mass vote transference from the QB to the NDP in Quebec is quite interesting, and I wonder whether it signals a long-term decline in separatists sentiment or is simply a short-term manifestation of strategic voting?

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