Harper gets reelected and the NDP becomes the main opposition

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  1. Vidboy10
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    Canadians have handed the Conservative Party its long-coveted majority after a game-changing election that boosted the New Democrats to the Official Opposition, decimated the Bloc Québécois and humbled the Liberals. Bloc Leader Gilles Duceppe lost his seat and resigned. Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff lost his seat. Both leaders were pressed, like so many of their candidates, between growth in Conservative support and Jack Layton’s surging New Democrats.
    The night belonged to Stephen Harper, who put an end to five years of Tory minority government and becomes just the third Conservative leader since Confederation to win triple victories. The electorate has given Mr. Harper what he has campaigned for since 2004, and his opponents have long feared, a secure majority that gives him a freer hand to implement the Conservative agenda.

    NDP Leader Jack Layton made history, too, displacing the Liberals to become the Official Opposition after seizing the majority of seats in Quebec from the separatist Bloc Québécois.
    "I’ve always favoured proposition over opposition," Mr. Layton told a cheering crowd. "But we will oppose the government when it's off track. I will propose constructive solutions focused on helping Canadians."

    The extent of the shakeup was startling. The Liberals hold just three seats west of Guelph, Ont. The Conservatives, formerly shunned by Toronto voters, were set to win nearly half of the seats in that city, twice as many as the Liberals.
    The Bloc, which defined Quebec federal politics for two decades, no longer qualifies for official party status. And the Green Party made history itself, with leader Elizabeth May winning the its first seat, and the right to a place in the next election’s debates.
    "We need hope over fear, compassion over competition,” Ms. May told a jubilant crowd, before focusing on the wider Parliament of which she is now a member. “We are elected to serve the people of Canada, not one ideology.”
    The Conservatives were leading or elected in 166 seats, up from 143 at dissolution and comfortably ahead of the bare 155 needed to form a majority government.
    The NDP was leading or elected in 103 seats, more than double its best historical tally. The Liberals were on track to be reduced to the lowest seat count in their history, leading or elected in just 35 seats.

    “I’m leaving, but others will follow, until Quebec becomes a country,” Mr. Duceppe said.
    Parliament has been radically transformed. The fragmentation of the 1993 election has been reversed, with the Conservatives and NDP emerging as national parties with support across all regions of the country. The Bloc has been reduced to a shadow, and the once-mighty Liberals consigned to redoubts in Atlantic Canada, Montreal and urban Ontario.
    "Democracy teaches hard lessons," Mr. Ignatieff said, adding he did not plan to step down as Liberal leader.
    The next Parliament will return to the traditional shape of majority government, but it will be a much transformed House of Commons, with the Official Opposition well left of centre, the regional agenda of the Bloc largely excised, and the wild card of a Green MP.
    Worries (and hopes) that the NDP’s jump in the polls would fade at the ballot box did not materialize. Jack Layton and his party saw support climb nationwide to 31 per cent in early results.
    The Conservatives' popular vote edged up to the 40-per-cent mark, continuing the steady growth of the last three elections. But the Liberals saw their popular vote plummet from what was thought to be the nadir of 2008, falling to just 19 per cent from 26 per cent. In Quebec, the Bloc polled just 23 per cent, the lowest the party has ever received.[/p]

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    The separatists were annihilated last night. Looks like they aren't getting any funding anymore.

    Seems like a lot of Blocs went NDP this election. The idea of Quebec as it's own country seems kind of extreme.

    Also Green Party got its first seat in the House of Commons. We're thiiiiis close to legalizing marijuana!! [​IMG]
     
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    Seriously, quit posting politic news in a gaming and hacking board.
     
  4. thaddius

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    The Conservatives are going to push for that copyright law again. You know, the one where they say it'll make it legal to copy CDs but in reality you'll get fined for doing so.
     
  5. DSGamer64

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    Not as long as close minded scum like Harper rule our country with an iron fist. Seriously, we are in for 5 years of hell.
     
  6. YayMii

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    Just because the 'Temp is a gaming/hacking forum, doesn't mean we're not allowed to post non-gaming non-hacking news. [​IMG]
    The USN section is for news in general. As long as the news is interesting, it's allowed here.
     
  7. Porygon-X

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    Called it from the beginning that he'd get a majority because the other parties pissed off litterally the entire Canada for another election.

    In fact, I'm more surprised at the Liberal and Bloc downfall and the NDP surge than Harper finally managing to get a majority.
     
  8. ShadowSoldier

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    Seriously, quit posting in politic news threads and spamming.

    Anyways, I voted Conservative. I have this time and last time too. I woke up to facebook having 10 messages of friends telling me to vote NDP, and when asked why, they just said "we want a different guy in there."

    While any of the parties are ready to fuck over the working man here in Canada, at least Harper uses lube.
     

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