Conservatives win majority in Canadian parliament:
Canadian voters have radically redrawn the country’s political landscape, handing the Conservative Party its long-sought majority in an election that decimated the Bloc Québécois and humbled the Liberals.
For the first time in history, the New Democratic Party will form the Official Opposition after an extraordinary breakthrough that propelled the party to more than 100 seats.
Looks like Canada has the same coastal/interior, red/blue split we do:
The extent of the transformation is startling. The Liberals now hold just four seats west of Guelph, Ont.
But not entirely:
The Conservatives, formerly shunned by Toronto voters, won nearly half of the seats in that city, twice as many as the Liberals.
If you don’t follow parliamentary politics – even in relatively sedate parliaments like Canada’s or Germany’s – getting a majority is a much bigger deal than in our mostly two-party Congress. It’s a sign that, at least at the moment, there’s a pretty decisive mandate. And while Canadian conservatives
The night belonged to Stephen Harper, who put his party over the top after five years of minority government and becomes just the third Conservative leader since Confederation to win triple victories.
“We are intensely aware that we are and must be the government of all Canadians, including those that did not vote for us,” Mr. Harper said.
This election was every bit as big as 2011’s was in the US:
Parliament was radically remade. 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, although the Tories find themselves in an unusual position, as a majority government with just a handful of Quebec seats.
Rumor is it’s because Canadians are sick and tired of American “progressives” threatening to move to Canada.