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Federal election 2011 results

Posted by Derek Flack / May 2, 2011

Federal Election Results 2011 TorontoFederal election results for 2011 have started to roll in. As polls close across Canada, we'll share Toronto-specific and other noteworthy results with updates in reverse order. For a comprehensive survey of country-wide results, please visit the Elections Canada live page.


Here's a quick look at some almost final (but still unofficial results):

CON: 167 NDP: 102 LIB: 34 BLOC: 4 GREEN: 1

Voter turnout country-wide hovers at 61.4% with almost all polls reporting (it won't change much now).

Here's how Toronto played out:
201153-toronto-results.jpgDespite the fall of fortress Toronto for the Liberals, they still managed 32.1% of the popular vote (significantly higher than the NDP at 23.9%). Complaints of vote-splitting are obviously going around.


Not final, but here are the last numbers of the night:

CON: 166 NDP: 103 LIB: 34 BQ: 4 GRN: 1


Here's an (updated) comparison of the Toronto riding breakdown between 2008 and 2011:

20081014_GTA_results.jpg2011 (as of 1am, unofficial)201152-2011-GTA-ridings.jpgThat's a lot more blue and orange.


Stephen Harper takes the stage for his victory speech. Notable quotables:

NDPers chanted their party name; Cons cheer "Harper!" "Harper!" "Harper!"

Harper looks relieved. This has been a long wait for him and his party.

  • "At the end of it all, Canadians choose hope, unity of purpose and a strong Canada."
  • "We are and we must be the government of all Canadians, including those who did not vote for us."
  • We will get down to the work of government...our job is to deliver growth and stability without raising taxes."


CBC and Globe predict that when it's all said and done, voter turnout will hover around 61%, slightly up from last time (59% in 2008).


So, to be fair to Rob Ford, maybe endorsing Harper will pay dividends now that Ford Country has given the Cons a strong mandate in the 905 and outer 416. Maybe?


Layton wants "a Canada where no one is left behind."


More Layton:

"You can count on us [the NDP] to ensure that parliament is addressing the needs of new Canadians."


Jack Layton takes the stage. Notable quotables:

Thumbs up! The crowd chants "NDP! NDP! NDP!"

  • "Spring is here my friends, and a new chapter begins."
  • "Tonight Canadians voted to improve health care. Public health care."
  • "I let Mr. Harper know that I look forward to working with his party and in fact all parties to achieve what's best for all of our families. And I shared with him my desire to bring forward a more positive and respectful tone in Canadian parliament."

Layton holds off the gloating when genuinely offering congratulations to Michael Ignatieff and Gilles Duceppe. But he is really happy to congratulate May.

"My friends, for the first time in our history, Canadians have asked us to serve as the official opposition."


54% voter turn-out reported across the country. Wow.


Ignatieff officially loses seat in Etobicoke-Lakeshore.


No surprises here — Duceppe steps down as Bloc leader. He loses even bigger than Ignatieff tonight, if that's possible.


So as we wait for a victorious Jack, here's my question: what happens to Toronto if Hudak wins the next provincial election? Ford, Hudak, Harper? Are you ready TO? Just think about all the anti-government graffiti coverage blogTO will have!


It looks like Elizabeth May is going to get the Greens a seat.


More GTA results:

  • Matthew Kellway (NDP) takes Beaches-East York
  • Carolyn Bennett (Liberal) takes St. Paul's (tire slashings and all)
  • Peggy Nash (NDP) retakes Parkdale-High Park


So will Justin Trudeau be the next leader of the Liberal Democrats (or some such party)?


Peter Mansbridge asks Bob Rae about merger with NDP. He doesn't really answer, but says that his party needs to "have a discussion" about the future, that a dialogue needs to start. Sounds like he'd be willing, but doesn't want to mortgage his future with such talk.


GTA results:

  • NDP likely to gain six ridings, Conservatives 19
  • Bob Rae wins in Toronto Centre
  • Conservative Joe Oliver beats out Liberal incumbent Joe Volpe
  • Conservative Peter Kent wins in Thornhill


Elizabeth May is leading in her riding, but it remains early out there.


So does this mean that Canadian social values can now be accurately described as conservative? Or does the rise of the NDP mute any of that talk?


Outside of Toronto, but Gilles Duceppe is done. Anyone remember how fiery he was at the English-language debate? Things change fast.


Cash doubles up on Liberal incumbent (Mario Silva) in Davenport. Everyone thought it'd be way closer than that.

Toronto Federal Election ResultsAnother look at the Toronto overview. Starting work on individual ridings!


Michael Ignatieff takes the stage. Some notable quotables:

"I want to offer sincere congratulations to two opponents have had the better of the night... Democracy teaches hard lessons... We have to read the lessons that Canadians have our taught us tonight.... I accept my responsibility for what has transpired tonight."

Sounds like he is done. Not a surprise. But what about the party?

Nevertheless, I admire his graciousness.

"I will serve as long as the party asks me to serve and not a moment longer."


Oliva Chow on at the podium at NDP headquarters, thanking Trinity-Spadina. Jack is next. They're pretty happy over there. And, hey, it's off to Stornoway!


According to the CBC Rob Ford has sent a note of congratulations to Stephen Harper. But of course...


Conservatives have taken three quarters of the seats in Ontario, which represents an increase of 19 seats.


Hard to keep up! Ken Dryden, my former baseball coach, has lost his riding in York Centre. Conservative Mark Adler takes the win.


In case you're not in front of a TV. Here's the national breakdown right now:

CON: 166 NDP: 107 LIB: 29 BQ: 3 OTH: 1


Bob Rae just finished talking about rebuilding the Liberal party. He currently holds a narrow lead in Toronto-Centre over the NDP Candidate.


Here's something that you can do what you like with. Due to federal election laws, there won't be another election until 2015. Four more years...


And because we ponied up, the CBC gets on board and declares the Conservatives winners of a majority. Where's my sarcmark?


Okay, fuck it. If no one else will do it, I will. blogTO predicts Conservative majority in 2011 Canadian election. You heard it here first, folks.


Some CBC-declared winners in the GTA:

Jack Layton, Toronto-Danforth
Jim Flaherty, Whitby-Oshawa
Julian Fantino, Vaughan
Bev Oda, Durham


Fortress Toronto falling! 26 Liberal incumbents are currently trailing in the GTA.


Pretty much all the major broadcasters have declared the NDP the official opposition, though we're still waiting on an announcement on a Conservative majority.


NDP candidate Andrew Cash is currently leading Liberal Mario Silva by a healthy margin in Davenport.

Toronto Federal Election ResultsHere's a general look at Toronto results. We'll give some stats on ridings as they become more clear.


The latest federal numbers have the Conservatives in majority territory, but CBC broadcasters are quick to point out that they're lead is less than a 100 votes in about 50 ridings — hence no news agency has taken the risk to declare a majority won. At least not quite yet.


Here are some noteworthy trends from Toronto ridings:

Jack Layton (Toronto-Danforth) and Oliva Chow (Trinity-Spadina) are leading in their respective polls. NDPer Peggy Nash leads Liberal Gerrard Kennedy in Parkdale High Park and Trottier (Con) looks in good shape over Michael Ignatieff (Lib) Etobicoke-Lakeshore. (More to come)

10:15 pm

15 minutes after the polls have closed across the country, and the Conservatives are inching toward a majority government. Also significant is that the NDP has been unofficially declared the opposition party for the first time in its history.

Here is what the breakdown looks like right now:

CON: 145 NDP: 93 LIB: 32 BQ: 4

Photo by _Rashomon_ in the blogTO Flickr pool.



Fig / May 2, 2011 at 10:40 pm
Interesting results - I'm totally not surprised at the NDP surge, but I am surprised at tthe media has not called the Conservative majority yet. Seems inevitable at this point.
mike / May 2, 2011 at 10:50 pm
lol@ 10:46 comment. Good for you blogto! I hope you're right.

I can't wait for the "I'm moving to norway" and "ride your bike before Harper bans them" and other nonsensical comments
GOHARPERGO / May 2, 2011 at 10:50 pm
HAHAHAHA harper majority, queens park is next
Fig / May 2, 2011 at 10:53 pm
Thanks for showing your balls, BlogTo - you beat the classic overfunded CBC!
daniel / May 2, 2011 at 10:55 pm
Haters gonna hate
papa / May 2, 2011 at 11:07 pm
i really want to punch so many peeps in Ontario for giving the conservatives our lives for the next four years and beyond. so bad. bad.
morga / May 2, 2011 at 11:13 pm
Best news is Bloc is gone. And stay out!
skeeter / May 2, 2011 at 11:24 pm
SunTV had an interesting approach. while the east coast and quebec numbers were coming in and every other network were reporting them instantly, SunTV chose to stay at 0 seats for the respective parties for 30 minutes. they sat on their thumbs while their talking heads were goofing off, discussing the various nicknames they have for each other. it was pretty ridiculous. what a joke of a network.
Fig / May 2, 2011 at 11:25 pm
OMG - Iggy is staying on! Not so good.
David / May 2, 2011 at 11:27 pm
A Conservative majority; my country is doomed.
The Pontiff / May 2, 2011 at 11:27 pm
Goddamn NDP gave the Conservatives this victory.
Greg replying to a comment from The Pontiff / May 2, 2011 at 11:37 pm
I think the next election's biggest themes will be strategic voting, a Liberal resurgence (not from any of there doing), and a heavy (but not deadly) blow to the NDP.
jason replying to a comment from David / May 2, 2011 at 11:37 pm
Maybe the east is doomed But the west will BOOM attaboy Blue Harper do us well!!!!
The Pontiff replying to a comment from Greg / May 2, 2011 at 11:43 pm
Those first time Conservative voters in the 905, especially those middle class voters, will regret big time voting for a Harris-like leader. There will be cuts to public services, and only then, will these voters realize how much they rely on the centre party, the Liberal Party, to balance social spending and private sector stimulae.

The low to lower-middle class who voted NDP have no clue what they're in for.
John replying to a comment from The Pontiff / May 2, 2011 at 11:44 pm
Goddamn Libs gave the Cons this victory.
Lila replying to a comment from papa / May 2, 2011 at 11:50 pm
Thank you for saying EXACTLY what was on my mind. Thanks to the idiots (put very nicely I might add!) who don't vote, the republicans - I mean conservatives are in power again.
Cons / May 2, 2011 at 11:50 pm
The only way cons will be effected is the pc turns on harpers reform party. Seriously the ON and east coast newly elected cons are PC. And don't exactly support Harper on some issues. This is the only road block that harper might hit. Especially when it comes to spending issues. But the question is can harper hold it together. And will we see a possible liberal & NDP merge, if liberal poll numbers don't rise in the future? been talk before about it, and it has happened on the right.
Lila replying to a comment from The Pontiff / May 2, 2011 at 11:51 pm
The pontiff and other like minded individuals: thanks for sharing. Nice to know that I am not entirely alone.
Sir Crapsalot / May 3, 2011 at 12:02 am
idiots / May 3, 2011 at 12:21 am
The Toronto suburbs are wrecking the entire country. Seriously.
Depressed / May 3, 2011 at 12:30 am
Hopefully, next election people will accept that this is a 2 party country, and vote strategically
m / May 3, 2011 at 12:33 am
Perfectly reflective of the disappearance of the middle class, and the suckers who fancy themselves on the rich side...
andrewS / May 3, 2011 at 12:40 am
Funny how Ontario felt the hands of Harper's economic strategy the worst, yet goes and gives him a crapload of seats anyways.

Anyways, 905, enjoy your PM as he offshores the last of your jobs.
m replying to a comment from andrewS / May 3, 2011 at 12:46 am
Stockholm syndrome???? :)
Machinegunner / May 3, 2011 at 12:50 am
Hahah I love it. Scumbags duceppe and ignatieff gone and a conservative majority. Just beautiful.
Randy McDonald replying to a comment from The Pontiff / May 3, 2011 at 12:53 am
The people who voted for the NDP voted for a party that had an inspiring leader, interesting local personalities, and a platform that they liked. They did not vote for the Liberals not because they were foolish but because they didn't think the Liberal Party deserved their votes.
Randy McDonald replying to a comment from Greg / May 3, 2011 at 12:56 am
Why? The devastation of the Liberals in their historic heartlands and the ability of the NDP--not the Conservatives, and certainly not the Liberals--to bring the seats of Quebec back into play in the federalist camp doesn't suggest superior Liberal resilience or flexibility.
Al / May 3, 2011 at 01:00 am
I don't like the Conservative & I favor Liberals or NDP over them. But I think the two ppl responsible for that are Ignatieff for being a goof & mcguinty for fucking around to much with ppl in Ontario. I think they deserved to lose
JLankford / May 3, 2011 at 01:10 am
The Liberals got what they deserved, and they'll suffer the same fate at the provincial level. I'm very happy for the NDP and Layton. I would have been more happy with a Conservative minority, facing a strong opposition leader like Layton though.

Funny that people 'blame' the NDP for this, but it's the uninspired Liberal campaign that gave up seats. They were begging for the conservative vote in the end. Give me a break, the party is nearly as finished as the Bloc.
Matt / May 3, 2011 at 01:50 am
i'm riding my bike before Harper bans it and then i'm promptly moving to Norway!

In all seriousness though...worst case scenario: we're doomed for 4 years, the Liberals never return. best case scenario: the Cons are actually not the demon spawn. probable scenario: after 4 years, the Liberals finally rebuild and reignite their base.
Lawrence / May 3, 2011 at 02:16 am
This just in: Conservatives Ted Opitz wins Etobicoke Centre and Roxanne James takes Scarborough Centre
Adonis / May 3, 2011 at 02:24 am
All hail King Harper! Long may he reign.
craire / May 3, 2011 at 03:06 am
I just give up.
Never / May 3, 2011 at 03:08 am
Never underestimate the stupidity of the Canadian electorate.
Chris / May 3, 2011 at 07:19 am
Good job Ontario. Way to dictate the electon. PC is back here and those bloody socialists can take a backseat once again!
Steve replying to a comment from Never / May 3, 2011 at 07:21 am
Here here! Too stupid, more dimwit, not realizing they just elected The Reform Party.
Ryan L. / May 3, 2011 at 07:42 am
Congratulations Conservatives for winning a majority despite a minority of votes due to flaws in our electoral system! Must be a proud day for you
marjolaine / May 3, 2011 at 07:48 am
Well Canadians were tired to be hounded all the times with election election so they made their voice heard and hope for the best because like it or not we have the governement that we vote for
personally I am very happy because finally Mr Harper will be able to show what he is really about
so far he has been they only one who has taken measure to defend and protect our country by giving better equipment to our millitary
Rachel / May 3, 2011 at 08:11 am
12 AM comes after 11 PM.
Danny / May 3, 2011 at 08:17 am
Most people who comment aren't very informed. If you look at 70 years of Ontario provincial politics then you'll see that the Conservatives had been in power for over 50 of those years. Historically the Liberals have enjoyed a vast amount of support through out federal politics because of their centrist views.

The liberals lost many seats because they split the vote with the NDP. You can't blame the NDP because it shows the voters feel the Liberals platform was uninspiring to say the least. Also there was less fear about the Conservatives in power. Overall they did a good job in maintaining the economy through a recession.

To be Honest I like Jack Layton as a leader, but I really can't agree with many of the party platform issues and the lack of experience in running a country. Look at when Bob Rae won. He was totally caught off guard and eventually had to take on conservative measures. Wish he was a Liberal because he would have proper people behind him instead of labour activists. (What would you do if you came upon a large sum of cash but had no experience in handling money? I'm scared that it would be like lottery winners spending all their dough and ending up broke later except that it's own tax dollars)

The question should be who is the best party to run all aspects of the country?

I was quite upset that Ford went to Brampton to throw support for Harper. I thought Harper was a bit arrogant there. He should have come to Toronto. I think he would have won more support.

Layton did a wonderful job in Quebec helping BQ supporters that the NDP is a better federal option with similar values as the BQ without separatist intentions.

Iggie...You would have been the ultimate policy guy. Your name as an intellectual would have brought incredible credibility to the Liberal platform. You're not cut out to be a politician because you don't have the image. You're too nice. You need a Paul martin like finance minister (incredible business cred) and a charismatic leader like a Trudeau...
Alvin / May 3, 2011 at 08:37 am
Dear Conservative voters,

Rot in hell.

stefanie / May 3, 2011 at 08:42 am
Canadian politics are fucked. I do not have a problem with the results I have a problem with the system.
Nick / May 3, 2011 at 08:47 am
What a night! First election I was eligible to vote, and Conservatives - you performed better than ever!
My thanks though does go out to Michael Ignatieff for his very accepting, and gracious defeat speech.
All in all a historic night!
But Mr. Harper - let's get back to Parliament and let's finished what we started a month or so ago! :)
o.k. replying to a comment from Nick / May 3, 2011 at 09:03 am
Why did people vote conservative? I ask this question and I usually only get self serving selfish answers or deranged right wing rhetoric. I want to hear somebody give me a honest and legit reason why they feel Harper and the Conservatives are the best choice to lead this nation. Thanks.
Nick / May 3, 2011 at 09:08 am
I'm sorry, I refuse to answer on behalf of why the masses have voted Conservative. My personal moral values, ethics couldn't possibly have me voting for anything other than Conservative, and if you can't understand that, I couldn't possibly try to make you understand.
FacePalm / May 3, 2011 at 09:14 am
Great job Canada,
You've just messed up your future lives.
Allan / May 3, 2011 at 09:37 am
Change we can believe in.
sam replying to a comment from Nick / May 3, 2011 at 09:41 am
Must be one of harpers richer than shit followers. privatized health care? higher taxes? depopulation of the north to create room for a waste land? such BS!! I hope your private doctor can pull your head out of your ass.
o.k. replying to a comment from Nick / May 3, 2011 at 09:42 am
And they are what? Are you a Conservative like Diefenbaker? If so I respect that, I'm really just curious because I feel there is a discontent between "conservative" ala Harper and the true sense of the word in which people truly aspire to be.

And I still get empty words or vague answers, thats why I just wonder if Conservatives even know what a Conservative is?
Trending / May 3, 2011 at 10:07 am
Anyone notice a trend? The left goes on an anyone but Harper/Ford rant and now has lost twice in 8 months. For all the talk that Harper is awful because of the negative campaigning, the negative campaign by some people was just as bad and far less effective.

It's such a shame our economy will continue to recover faster than pretty much every other developed country. I feel awful for the people who will have to work for a living like the rest of us instead of counting on that welfare cheque from the NDP.

At the end of the day, the NDP has zero, ZERO fiscal intelligence. They truly think money can just be printed. I could never support a party that wants to punish those who work hard and work smart (because I do realize that some low-income people do work hard too, just not smart) and reward those who are able-bodied but too lazy to support themselves. Unfortunately for the Liberals, Ignatieff was too caught up in the academic side, not focusing on results. He ignored the fact that Canadians in large part said they did not want an election. When he talked about forming government if the elected government was defeated, he showed he was mainly focused on practicing democracy to the letter of the law, not on real-world results. Academics tend to lose perspective on the outside world when stuck in a classroom for 30 years and then don't understand when things don't go their way even though the followed the constituion word for word. Times have changed and people just want real results, as this election showed.

While I don't believe in many of the Conservative social policies, I strongly believe in Canada they would never be able to enact them, even with a majority. As some have mentioned, many of the newly elected Conservatives in the east are PC and much more centrist than the western Conservatives/former Reform.

This is why I voted Conservative for all those asking. A continuation of strong management of the economy and fiscal policy while providing enough of the centre-left such as the continuing of transfer payments for health-care, etc. This is why they are the only true national party right now and the only ones with representation in every province.

Don't "blame" the GTA, the whole country had a part in this election result.
Stra replying to a comment from Trending / May 3, 2011 at 10:30 am
And there's Preston Manning celebrating and saying that the party has been waiting for this day for a long time. You do know who you actually voted for right? Bigotry is fully in charge now.
JF / May 3, 2011 at 10:31 am
Apparently Social issues aren't important to 40% of the population...

Funny how many new canadians voted for the very party that would have prevented them from entering the country in the first place...
Nick / May 3, 2011 at 10:36 am
Interesting - Conservatives voted for Bigotry?
How about this - Conservatives have put up with crap for so long, and have tolerated it, and have endured through it all.
The political left - whenever they don't like what's being said - they take their shoes and hands and bang on the tables of the House of Commons.
Sounds to be like the political left would be more intolerant than the Conservatives have been.
Bigotry means
A bigot is a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices.
According to that definition, when the Conservatives have put up with so much since 1867, and the left have just appeased the minorities, instead of being concerned about the majority of what people want.
I'm out now.
GO HARPER GO!!!!!!!!!!
sam / May 3, 2011 at 10:40 am
I find myself sometimes wishing that Canadians were as crazy as Americans and assassinate Harper...then again, I guess it wouldn't happen because the only people that are that mentally ill are mostly conservative supporters because they obviously don't know what they are doing.
Joeblow / May 3, 2011 at 10:41 am
The Fiberals can blame Dalton Mcguilty and his lying and his MASSIVE tax increases(hst alone costs my family thousands through heating oil and gas) for losing Ontario. Next Provincial election will be a sea of blue and orange again.
Joeblow / May 3, 2011 at 10:48 am
.....Oh and say whatever you want about Harper, Harris and Ford but they are the ONLY politicians in recent history who have stuck to their word.
KL replying to a comment from Joeblow / May 3, 2011 at 11:03 am
Sticking to your word once elected is one thing.

Lying to get elected is another.

Guess which category these guys fall into?
yo yo / May 3, 2011 at 11:09 am
YES VIC TOEWS WON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
AND STEVEN HARPER!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YES yesyesyesyesyes
yes yes yes
yo yo replying to a comment from KL / May 3, 2011 at 11:09 am
Nightbreeder / May 3, 2011 at 11:17 am
Well looks like Iggy and Dalton pooched this one for the Liberals. Personally I am not a Harper fan, but I dont trust Iggy as far as I could through him, and Layton is abit green on international issues but I think he will do a good job as the official opposition. Nice to see the BQ is almost in its grave, seperation talk only weekens Canada as a nation. We need to clone Pierre Trudeau, so far in my lifetime he has been the best Prime Minister for Canada in my opinion anyways.
Well I guess we shall see what good or harm a majority PC government can do, good luck to ALL of us.
Canmerica Divided / May 3, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Fighters jets, privatized health care and compromised freedom for all!
Well not all; the upper class wouldn't allow that. But screw the middle and poor anyway; what have they done for anyone lately? Profit comes first!
Soon we will be as American as ever, which is all we ever wanted.
By the way, anyone have any hot tips on which privatized prisons I should invest in first?
I'm going to be soooo rich, you guys! Just like you!!

Go Dead-Eyes Harper Bot!!
Harper! Harper! Harper! Oil! Oil! OIL!

Thanks, Facist Assholes! No thinking allowing; just keep voting the way your Daddy would!
Stra replying to a comment from Nick / May 3, 2011 at 12:30 pm
of course you do know that this isn't the same Conservative Party that your parents and grandparents voted for right? You do know that this is a relatively new party formed in the valleys of the west.
Steve / May 3, 2011 at 01:48 pm
puppet master got in just remember we never had a debt till the reformer got back oh PC what a joke good luck Canada
Bruce / May 3, 2011 at 01:52 pm
Hey everyone, you know what? Harper is going to firm, but fair and find ways to work with Layton, et al. He is going to finally be able to focus on the economy (that is where the jobs are truly and that is where the prosperity comes from!) and the stability will keep us from having to have the same 'family feud' over and over. Try to accept that this can be a good outcome, Layton will be a more effective opposition leader than Ignatieff and the BQ are gone. We have Canada back in one piece again, let's make it work! Both sides have a lot to offer, Layton has heart but Harper has fiscal common sense.
Gail / May 3, 2011 at 02:00 pm
My how soon we forget! The conservatives have always been fiscally responsible. Remember Trudeau - his philosophy was spend, spend, spend, get what you want now - which resulted in great credit card debt. The country was prosperous, but deeply in debt. Then the next government had to get us out of debt. The Conservatives under Harper has held our economy in check and we should be pleased.
Gare / May 3, 2011 at 02:31 pm
Gare in replying to ALL the Sore Losers
Obviously too many of the losers don't understand economics to realize that Mr. Harper kept our country well ahead of all G7 countries through his economics! I congratulate Mr. Layton on his success but glad he didn't make it to be leader of our Country, he has never passed economics 101 and never will. One thing for sure he'll never be out of a job as he will be eligible to become Premiere of Quebec!!! Congratulations to the "mouth" Elizabeth May, they'll have to put a muzzle on her!
Neil replying to a comment from papa / May 3, 2011 at 03:10 pm
It is interesting that sooo many people have know idea what they're talking about or what the outcome of there vote may cost. People will support candidates that make promises based on peoples emotions, they don't realize what they are committing themselves too. Layton is a great speaker, charismatic and a nice guy, but if he was to get into power our country would go bankrupt from all his promises. Layton is no more than a preditor making promises. Praying on the old and young, wolves do that very thing. I personally like the guy but I understand what his promises mean to Canada. My concern is that most people don't take the time to look at the costs of any promises made, even the PC's and Liberal's. The Liberal's constantly stir peoples emotions up by making outrageous promises and allegations to put fear into unknowing people. People think emotionally not intellectually. I fear for this country's future. I think that the best Party for Canada's future won the election. People need to stop the fear mongering, mudslinging and start using your heads.
Neil replying to a comment from Canmerica Divided / May 3, 2011 at 03:16 pm
I'm sorry but wow. Your just a retard. If communism is what you want then move to Russia.
Neil replying to a comment from o.k. / May 3, 2011 at 03:22 pm
They are the best because they will not run the country into bankruptcy. Layton's promises would cost the country far too much and the Liberal's are no better. In these economic times we need to be responsible. Think about it.
Funkey42 / May 3, 2011 at 03:33 pm
There are lots of questions on here.....why did you vote Conservative?
So I will tell you why....
because 1) Mr.Harper is doing a very good job. As you can see from the results, most canadians agree.
2) Ingnatieff - well, enough - was he that American dude? ya, whatever, enough said....
3) Layton - nice guy....but not quite PM material. But he would probably make a great fiction novelist - the key word ther is fiction
4)May - well the first thing she should do is to get rid of the BP (British Petrolium) logo on the party's posters. "green" and the BP logo are contradictory.

Mr.Harper did a great job with our economy. If you don't think he did a great job - just look at any other country.
I doubt that any of the other potential leaders would have done a better job.

Way to go Canada!
Mr.Harper - you're doing a great job!!! Keep it up!
Neil replying to a comment from Alvin / May 3, 2011 at 03:42 pm
Typical Liberal attitude. All fear mongers and emotional tyrants.
mr tee / May 3, 2011 at 03:42 pm
Very glad about the conservatives winning mayority government
Matt / May 3, 2011 at 03:57 pm
People really need to do some research.

Harper, and most neo-conservative governments (ie. Bush and his predecessors) are actually NOT FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE. They actually spend more than "liberal" (not the party) governments. Our deficit after the Harper Conservatives over the last few years is far higher than it was before. The Conservatives spend just as much, but they tend to spend on military, police, and prisons rather than services that actually help people. Our economy is stable because our financial industry is highly regulated.. regulations that the Conservatives would have done away with had they been in power (some of them tried, and this is what happened in the USA).

Conservative governments also give away billions in tax breaks to corporations, while actually raising taxes for the majority of citizens. All of this, with no additional services to help normal people.

That is just the fiscal issue... Harper's Conservatives have also shown that they don't care about our system of government and have no respect for Canadians or other view points. They have lied, hidden facts, and abused the system (ie. prorogue twice for personal reasons).

This is not a political ideological difference. I'm not a social conservative, but would be in favour of fiscal conservatism in many ways. However, if people want to elect a socially conservative government, I might complain but that's ok. That's how democracy works... In this case, that's not what happened. We have elected a party that abuses their power, does not listen to the people, and throws money away on things we don't need (jets, G8 project funding corruption, prisons, internet surveillance).

Ask yourself what Conservative policies are actually helping you in your daily life? Which ones could hurt you? What do you think of their behaviour in regards to secrecy, contempt of parliament, and G8/20 funding irregularities and spending? An election is not about voting against the other parties, it's about voting for a party or candidate that represents your best interests. How does the newly elected Conservative majority do that? I would genuinely like to know.

I'm not interested in partisan debates. Everybody needs to take a rational, educated, and detailed look at how these parties behave, their policies, practices, and opinions. They work for us, and we need to keep the accountable and honest. If that doesn't happen we are no longer in a democracy.

There are also system level issues at play here. The party who now has a majority only received 39% of the votes.. That's actually a minority of support. I'm not sure how to fix this problem with our election system, but something isn't working. I'd be saying the same thing no matter who won the election.
Doug replying to a comment from Neil / May 3, 2011 at 04:23 pm
Who is the retard? Communism in Russia? Cuba or China maybe.
Bruce / May 3, 2011 at 04:30 pm
Hi Matt, a very well laid out commentary, but I think that you must be a liberal supporter and good luck with that! Harper is NOT neo-con as you will shortly see, and smart enough to work at building a concensus with Canadians as he said in his victory speech, he wants to represent all of us.

Tax breaks to corporations mean they won't pass on taxes to us, which is what businesses do with extra expenses, they just make us pay them.

Admittedly Harper has used the system to his advantage, and that is what most politicians do, so, to me that is 'background noise'.

When we voted for the Conservative Party, we voted for 'a strong stable national Conservative majority government' to unite us and to keep the other guys from emptying our pockets.
The Conservative Party is the one that reduced the GST from 7 to 6 to 5% and is now rewarding us further with the $ 500 sports credit for kids, soon to be $ 1,000 per child and similar credits on 'the arts' are forthcoming, along with some limited income splitting ideas in the platform as well.

I find the Liberal Party usually tells us what is good for us (McGuinty for example with the WWF, until recently, and many more examples of Premier Dad telling us all we need to know)and I find the Conservative Party wants to be a smaller, less intrusive government that allows us to do what just what we want to do with the paternal advice.

And about our votes not counting. The system is the way it is for a lot of reasons, perhaps to make sure that there is a chance of a majority government once in a while. Try that math out with four or five different parties and welcome to Italy! I don't want to vote that often, four years is just about right! Very few elections will ever be won in Canada with over 43 - 44% of the vote, because there are more than just two parties now. That could change, then we would have an easier chance for majority governments. Too bad the Liberals won't be around to guard the middle, but they went off to the left and perhaps they will join up with the NDP, just as the Reform/Alliance and PC parties did.

I appreciated all of your remarks and comments and thought what you wrote made some sense as well, and you aren't all wrong either, so I am addressing this to you with all due respect. I really think you may be more, rather than less, impressed if Stephen is allowed to govern instead of doing the continuous debating thing with other leaders that want to retry the electoral results until they get the one we want.
george / May 3, 2011 at 09:16 pm
conservatives are stupid
blarg replying to a comment from george / May 3, 2011 at 10:57 pm
Sure, but they're smart enough to form the majority government apparently.

First past the post, percentage of the vote, and all the other sour grapes arguments aside, they won. So if the morons beat you... well...

But nice troll bait.
Crybabies / May 3, 2011 at 11:32 pm
I doubt harper will do anything really outrageous. He even admits that canadians hate surprises, and that he will be under the microscope even more now. If he lives up to his promises of continuing to work on the economy and leave things like abortion, and other touchy subjects alone. It won't be that bad at all. But hey the only thing lefty people know how to do is whine.
Bigdaddy / May 4, 2011 at 12:27 am
It doesn't matter which party gets in. If you voted for a party and not the men running. You need to learn about politics. Ok the parties have sets of rules to abide by. However, what kind of a person is the man you want to run the country? The man in power as PM may initiates changes, not the party. They argue over it in the House of Common and then they vote on it. If the changes are a majority, it then goes to the house of Senate. These Senators will argue over it also and vote on it. If it's a majority, the changes will take effect or become law. If it doesn't pass. The changes just dies there and it doesn't take effect. So, you VOTE FOR THE MAN that YOU think is better suited for the Job of leading this country, not the party. Keep in mind, that any PM is not perfect and he can't please everybody at once.
Jerom / May 4, 2011 at 05:40 am
This is a real change, finally no more bloc in the picture.
j-rock replying to a comment from Matt / May 5, 2011 at 10:25 am
Well said, and thank you for saving me the work Matt. The myth Harper was peddling throughout the campaign that the Conservatives have been good for the economy went completely unchallenged by the other parties. He inherited a surplus which he turned into record deficits, he's continuing to lie about the exorbitant cost of fighter jets we don't need, and he spent a billion dollars for a single weekend. If the Liberals or NDP had done ANY one of those things, the Cons would be up in arms about "tax and spend socialists", but Harper was given a free ride. And like you said, Canada came out the recession earlier than other countries IN SPITE OF the Conservatives, and not because of them. They would have gladly dismantled the regulations which saved us had they been in power at the time. I hope the next 4 years aren't as bad as I think they could be.
J-Man / May 5, 2011 at 01:56 pm
Conservatve got votes and Liberals lost them. Coinsidence? No. Liberals voted Conservative out of fear of the N.D.P. Liberals didn't want an N.D.P government, and didn't want to risk N.D.P success against their own.

Thats bullshit.
Osama / May 5, 2011 at 01:58 pm
Its all about population control. Thank allah for 9/11.
Kaptain K. Kurk / May 5, 2011 at 02:01 pm
KKK replying to a comment from Doug / May 5, 2011 at 02:03 pm
Bob Powelson replying to a comment from Bruce / May 6, 2011 at 06:48 pm
The conservatice majority is a very big thing.

>>> I am a westerner and I have been trying to get rid of the Liberals ever since Lest Pearson.
>>> Socialsim has suffered a severe set back.
>>> Health care will be vastly modified.
>>> The long gun registry will be gone.

There are other reasons.
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