Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have won majority government in the Canadian election with under 40% of the vote on a turnout of just over 58%. We will be able to get an idea of what a second term John Key government would be like as Harper is cut from the same cloth as Key and Cameron.
The New Democrat Party are now the official opposition, and have gone from 37 seats to 103 in the new parliament. It will be a much bigger NDP caucus than the 20 or so I visited in 2002. The Bloc Quebecois have virtually disappeared from the new Parliament, going from 46 seats to 3. The Liberals also lost heavily, going from 77 seats to 34. Vote splitting between declining Liberals and NDP in Ontario was the main reason for the Conservatives getting a majority under first-past-the-post. Perhaps too the NDP and the Liberals will now seek to build common cause as they will be in opposition together with the NDP in the front seat. The Greens also gained their first seat in the Parliament.