Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Canada’s Federal Election 2011 – The aftermath

(En español más abajo)
CanadaI cannot believe it myself, but the outcome of this Canadian Federal Election was pretty much as I predicted. The Conservatives now have a Majority Government, and Stephen Harper becomes the third Conservative in history to win three consecutive elections. This Majority Government pretty much guarantees that we will not have another federal election until 2015, as the 'Tories' should be able to beat any non-confidence votes and things like that.
There were other success stories, and one of them is the fantastic performance by the NDP. Jack Layton and his people pretty much tripled the number of MPs in the Parliament, becoming the Official Opposition Party for the first time in their history. They won Norwest Territories and they dominated across Québec, destroying the Bloc Québecois hegemony in the process.
The Green Party was another big winner, even though they only won one MP (for its leader Elizabeth May). By winning a seat, they will finally get the recognition they were desperate for, and they will surely be part of the 2015 debates, after having been snubbed until now.
Who lost? Well, first of all, the independents. Both non-partisan MP's lost their seats yesterday. But everybody knows who the biggest losers were!
The Liberal Party had a disastrous election, and its leader Michael Ignatieff even lost his seat. A big wake up call for this Party that will not be either government or opposition for the first time in its long history. Ignatieff held a press conference this morning and resigned as the leader of the Liberals, like everybody was expecting.
The biggest loser was without a doubt the Bloc Québecois, who went from 49 seats to just 4. Like Ignatieff, the Bloc's leader (Gilles Duceppe) lost his seat and immediately announced his resignation. Many say this is the beginning of the end for the separatists, as people from Québec want better representation at a national level. Jack Layton can definitely take credit for having taken down two of the four major political figures in this country, something that very, very few thought could ever happen.
This has been a historical election in many aspects, and Canada's political map has changed dramatically. Interesting times are coming!
Note: We voted very late last night, almost as the polls were closing. I almost burst into laughter when I saw that there was a Pirate Party candidate in my riding! Ahoy, me voters! It’s also worth noting that there are 171 people in Guelph who were willing to throw their vote away…Marijuana Party? Give me a break!
ArgentinaNo puedo creerlo yo mismo, pero el resultado de las Elecciones Federales en Canadá fue prácticamente como había predecido. Los Conservadores ahora tienen gobierno mayoritario, y Stephen Harper se convirtió en el tercer conservador en la historia en ganar tres elecciones consecutivas. Esta mayoría propia garantiza que no vaya a haber otra elección hasta el 2015, porque los 'Tories' van a poder derrotar cualquier moción de 'no-confianza' que le quiera tirar la oposición por la cabeza.
Hubo otras historias de éxito, y una de ellas es la fantástica performance del NDP. Jack Layton y su gente triplicó el número de MP (miembros del Parlamento), convirtiéndose en la Oposición Oficial por primera vez en su historia. Ganaron el Territorio del Noroeste y dominaron todo Québec, destruyendo al Bloc Québecois y su hegemonía de décadas.
El Partido Verde tambíen ganó a lo grande, a pesar de que sólo obtuvo un MP (para su lider Elizabeth May). Ganando ese escaño, finalmente tienen el reconocimiento por el que estaban desesperados, y seguramente van a ser parte de los debates del 2015, luego de años de haber sido desestimados por la TV.
Quién perdió? Bueno, para empezar, los independientes. Ambos MP's perdieron sus puestos ayer. Pero todos sabemos quiénes fueron los perdedores más grandes!
El Partido Liberal tuvo una elección desastrosa, y su líder Michael Ignatieff hasta perdió su escaño. Un gran llamado de alerta para este partido que no será gobierno u oposición por primera vez en su larga y rica historia. Ignatieff hizo una conferencia de prensa esta mañana y ya renunció como líder de los Liberales, algo que todos esperaban.
Peor le fue a los del Bloc Québecois, que pasaron de 49 MPs a sólo 4. Como Ignatieff, el lider del Bloc (Gilles Duceppe) perdió en su región e inmediatamente renunció. Muchos dicen que esto marcó el principio del fin para los separatistas, porque la gente de Québec quiere mejor representación a nivel nacional. Jack Layton definitivamente puede arrogarse el haber borrado del mapa a dos de las cuatro figuras políticas más importantes del país, algo que muy, muy pocos jamás imaginaron que iba a pasar.
Ha sido una elección histórica en muchos aspectos, y el mapa político de Canada cambió de manera dramática. Se vienen tiempos muy, pero muy interesantes!
Nota: Votamos muy tarde anoche, casi sobre el cierre de las urnas. Casi lancé una carcajada cuando ví que en mi zona había un candidato del Partido Pirata! Arrggghhh! También es de notar que hubo 171 personas en Guelph que estuvieron dispuestos a tirar su voto a la basura. Partido de la Marihuana? Dejate de joder!

Conservative Party of Canada
Liberal Party of Canada

New Democratic Party of Canada
Conservative Party Leader Stephen Harper
Liberal Party Leader Michael Ignatieff
New Democratic Party Leader Jack Layton
Stephen Harper

Before: 143 seats
After: 167 seats
Michael Ignatieff

Before: 77 seats
After: 34 seats

Jack Layton

Before: 37 seats
After: 102 seats
Bloc Québécois.svg
Green Party of Canada
Other /
Gilles Duceppe2.jpg
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May

Gilles Duceppe

Before: 49 seats
After: 4 seats
Elizabeth May

Before: 0 seats
After: 1 seat


Before: 2 seats
After: 0 seats
Cambridge (map):
Gary Goodyear (Conservative)
Susan Galvao (NDP)
Bryan May (Liberal)
Jacques Malette (Green)
Manuel Couto (Marxist Leninist)
Kitchener – Conestoga (map):
Harold Albrecht (Conservative)
Lorne Bruce (NDP)
Bob Rosehart (Liberal)
Albert Ashley (Green)
Kitchener Centre (map):
Stephen Woodworth (Conservative)
Karen Redman (Liberal)
Peter Thurley (NDP)
Byron Albert Williston (Green)
Alan Rimmer (Independent)
Martin Suter (Communist)
Mark Corbiere (Marxist Leninist)
Kitchener – Waterloo (map):
Peter Braid (Conservative)
Andrew Telegdi (Liberal)
Bill Brown (NDP)
Cathy MacLellan (Green)
Steve Bradley Scott (Pirate)
Richard Walsh-Bowers (Independent)
Julian Ichim (Marxist Leninist)
Wellington – Halton Hills:
Michael Chong (Conservative)
Barry Peters (Liberal)
Anastasia Zaverella (NDP)
Brent Bouteiller (Green)
Jeffrey Streutker (Christian Heritage)
Frank Valeriote (Liberal)
Marty Burke (Conservative)
Bobbi Stewart (NDP)
John Lawson (Green)
Phillip Bender (Libertarian Party)
Kornelis Klevering (Marijuana Party)
Karen Levenson (Animal Alliance Env)
Drew Garvie (Communist)


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  2. While it might seem like a comical name, the Pirate Party candidate in the K-W riding (Steven Bradley Scott) put on an incredibly impressive performance at the regional debate.

    I'd highly suggest that if you have the time, that you check out the recorded version at the Record's UStream channel. Not only did he speak about Internet and intellectual property issues, but he related them to other political topics (eg: generic drugs and how patents can hurt Canadian international aid efforts.)

    Sure, he's definitely an independent candidate, but I'm glad we've got someone running who will speak out about Internet privacy, reasonable copyright reform and usage-based billing by the telecom companies.

  3. Thanks for your comment, Jake. I only referred to the name of the party when I mentioned that it made me laugh. Until then, I had no idea who they were and what they represented, and I made the mistake of label them as a joke, like the Marijuana Party.

    But after I went to the website and check its platform (swear I did, last night!) my opinion did change. There is a lot of interesting stuff being discussed in there and you know what? I think the actual name might be playing against Scott and his affiliates...

  4. I wasn't surprised either... hopefully the NDP will be able to have its influence felt a bit. And meanwhile, the Liberals will work on getting their shit together.

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  6. Analizando un poco tu region:
    Veo que Cambridge va sobre ruedas, pero me entristece que el guitarrista de Queen no haya sacado mas votos. Tambien es muy pintoresco saber que Manuel Couto tiene 161 familiares en Cambridge.
    En el Centro de Kitchener veo que no hubo justa distribucion de vino blanco, y por eso los pocos votos de Suter.
    Ahora, que en Guelph haya salido 5to un robot, me parece de cuarta.
    Pregunto... la alianza animal esa... que proponia?
    Karen al gobierno y su perro al poder?

  7. I fully agree with you, Zhu!

    Mike, qué canuto... me arruinaste el post de la tarde. Ya vas a ver por qué! :-)

  8. Fue muy sorprendente lo que pasó, pero afirma lo que yo palpo en la calle todos los días. Los quebecoises tienen la idea romantica de la separación por la cultura, la lengua, pero en los hechos concretos votan por el lider que mas le conviene a sus intereses económicos o sociales. En mi distrito, todavia no se si reir o llorar, ganó el del NDP que tiene 19 años, es estudiante de primer año en ciencias políticas en la universidad de Sherbrooke y ayer en un programa de tv, dijo que para este verano se habia anotado para hacer un trabajo de estudiante (como cualquier otro estudiante que se quiere hacer unos manguitos) en el acondicionamiento del terreno del golf club de Sherbrooke.


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