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?
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.
Reactions to the results:
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?