The Canadian Federal Election

I spent yesterday evening watching the Canadian election returns, hoping that the fool Justin Trudeau might be turned out of office.  Alas, it was not to be.  While the Liberals lost their governing majority (a governing majority requires at least 170 seats), they finished with a plurality of seats (157), followed by the Conservatives (121), the Bloc Québécois (32), the New Democratic Party (24), the Green Party (3), and one independent.

The upstart People’s Party of Canada (PPC), founded by former Conservative foreign affairs minister Maxime Bernier, failed to win a single seat.  Bernier himself lost his seat for the riding of Beauce in Quebec.

Trudeau will continue as Prime Minister, but with only a minority government.  Minority governments in parliamentary systems tend to be short-lived, so perhaps he’ll be shown the door sooner rather than later.

Since I can’t stand to post a picture of Trudeau’s smarmy mug, here’s an Ottawa RedBlacks cheerleader pic instead.

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7 thoughts on “The Canadian Federal Election”

  1. jzdro:

    Mike LaRoche:
    Conservatives (121)

    Hi, Mike.  How conservative, in US terms are the Canadian Conservatives?

    I’d say that at present, they’re less conservative than the Republican Party and most American conservatives.  Unlike their American counterparts, Canadian conservatism hasn’t seen a populist-nationalist groundswell, as evidenced by the poor performance of the People’s Party of Canada.  Much of the Conservative Party establishment also seems to have bought into the climate change nonsense, and continues to acquiesce to mass immigration.  At least the Republicans (with Trump’s prodding) seem to be moving in the right direction on those issues, however grudgingly.

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  2. What are the best couple of Canadian newspapers to pay some attention to or believe what they say?  #3 baby has taken up residence up North, for the present; suddenly it’s all become even more interesting, but I don’t just want to look at Justin’s latest outfit.

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  3. danok1:
    It looks like the Liberals (minority) victory has inflamed the separatist movement in…Alberta and Saskatchewan. The “Wexit” talk on social media is trending.

    CTV: Western separatist movement gains traction as Albertans react to Liberal victory

    Post-Millenial: #WEXIT: Western Canada separatism explodes on social media

    Interesting times.

    By early yesterday morning I was seeing plenty of posts on Facebook from my friends in Canada like below.  Canada has always been intensely regional in their politics.  Think of Alberta as Canada’s Texas (including uber-socialist Edmonton as Austin).  Calgary is Dallas North.  Quebec controls about 30% of the seats and pretty much always votes as a block for the Liberals. The Atlantic provinces tend to lean hard Liberal, nobody lives in Saskatchewan or Manitoba, and British Columbia is a typical West Coast US state – Vancouver is hard core Liberal and/or NDP, the rest of the province is pretty strongly Conservative.  Which always leaves Ontario as the swing province.

    I grew up in a small town in the SE corner of British Columbia and have many FB connections from that area, spreading across BC and Alberta.  Of course many don’t display their political views on FB, but of those that have, the Liberals were pretty intensely despised.  I don’t see Western Canada seceding, but some sort of clash has to come at some point.

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