Here are results after the 2008 elections and then the results of the most recent May 2nd, 2011 federal election (RED are 2008 results, BLUE are 2011 results);
Conservatives;................................... 143 --> 167
Liberals; ................................................77 --> 34
NDP (New Democratic Party); ..........37 --> 102
Bloc Quebecois; ...................................49--> 4
For those unfamiliar with Canadia politics;
- The Conservatives
are considered Canada's most right-winged political party generally favouring privatization, tax cuts, small government, etc.
- The Liberals
are more centre-left preferring policies that favour social programs, government spendings, etc.
- The NDP
is considered even further left than the Liberals, large government, social welfare, union support, etc.
- The Bloc Quebecois
mainly campaigns in the French province of Quebec, their policies resting on dissatisfaction some of the French Canadians feel regarding how their cultural heritage is treated by Anglophones (English-speakers) in Canada. They were loudest in demanding that Quebec be allowed to separate from Canada and become their own country.
The Conservatives actually got a majority
in the Parliament?? A majority in the Canadian government basically means the Prime Minister can pass just about any bill he/she wants (like in the U.S. if the President is from the same party that controls the Senate and the Congress).
And the NDP has become the official opposition?? This is the first time in history they've become the Official Opposition, surpassing the Liberals. I guess with the Conservatives having a majority, getting the NDP who're on the opposing end of the political spectrum to keep them in check is probably a good thing, but still...quite a shock they gained so much ground.
Then the Liberals...these were the guys that used to dominate Canadian politics, for 69 years in the 20th century they kept power in Parliament O__o I have a soft spot for the Liberals because I really like Pierre Trudeau
, but I think he was an exception in politics, not a rule. I am stunned they lost so many seats this time around...but then I guess the party hasn't really performed exceptionally well since they lost to the Conservatives in 2006. None of their members seem to stand out and their political platforms kind of...nonexistent? I don't know, I guess since they're centre-left it means they're flexible which way they go (which should be a good trait), but at the same time it runs the risk of coming off indecisive and wishy-washy.
And BQ...well that's just really sad, granted I didn't particularly care that much for them anyway, but still that's a pretty awful defeat >__<
Whoa...it seems like Canadian politics are changing a lot, although why that is I'm not sure. There hasn't been any major changes in the political landscape these days to warrant this shift, maybe the 2008 economic crash had something to do with this? I don't know, but I guess Harper hasn't done too badly since he's been elected in 2006 so hopefully he'll take this chance and do something good with it (and stop upping out defense spendings dammit. Canada used to be known as a peacekeeping nation worldwide, people used to use OUR flag when travelling because other countries LIKED us because we didn't meddle in others' businesses and now instead of peacekeeping we're getting involved in combat missions. Wth, no one's got a beef with us, so stop tossing bombs in other peoples' backyards >| )