Monday, January 23, 2006

The Globe and Mail: Conservatives win minority; Martin to step down as leader

The Globe and Mail: Conservatives win minority; Martin to step down as leader:
"Conservative Leader Stephen Harper was headed to Parliament Hill as Canada's next Prime Minister after capturing a fragile minority victory in Monday's election, picking up votes in Quebec and making inroads in Ontario but failing to scale the heights early polls had predicted"

By late in the night, the Conservatives were leading or elected in 124 seats, to the Liberals' 103. The Bloc Québécois were leading or elected in 51 and the NDP in 29.

In Alberta — the Conservatives' stronghold — the party was elected in every seat. The Liberals' lone Alberta candidate Anne McLellan, who had served as deputy Prime Minister in Mr. Martin's cabinet, lost to Conservative Laurie Hawn in Edmonton-Centre."

It's over. More soon.

5 comments:

John Soutsos said...

It is a sad commentary on the state of our democratic process in this country that so many people vote without an understanding of the facts and the ideological underpinnings of each party. Instead believing in political ads and fear mongering among politicians and the media.
Otherwise, a better informed electorate would most surely have handed a majority to the Conservatives.
It is also sad that a party with no ability to form a federal government, whose sole purpose is only regional representation, is permitted to exist. The people of Quebec are not well served by perpetually having representatives that will have no effective or profound influence with the federal government.
Finally, the overall apathy as depicted with yet another low voter turnout, is an afront to the sacrifice of those who have fought for our freedom in the past, and to those whose job it is to uphold it in the present and future.
I can only hope that the new national leadership can inspire Canadians to get better informed, to change the political status quo, and to care enough to participate in the democratic process.

Anonymous said...

Pray for Canada....We've just become a third world country...

Anonymous said...

Why pray for Canada as it has supposedly "become" a Third World country? It has behaved as a Third World country for the last 20 years.

As one of the wealthiest nations in the world, it assumes no real leadership role. Can you name five Canadians whose deaths have made the world a lesser place (hint; Ben Cartwright does not count)?

I suggest we pray for our country because of its international timidity and irresponsibiity; because we have to have a Canadian flag on our backpacks to identify us as such; because we are weak and unable to defend ourselves; because we permit one country to act as two; because taking a chance and being bold and determined and being rewarded for entrepreneurail persuits has become a social stain and because our best and brightest continue to move south.

Indeed, pray for Canada; the True North weak and entitled!

Anonymous said...

Why pray for Canada as it has supposedly "become" a Third World country? It has behaved as a Third World country for the last 20 years.

As one of the wealthiest nations in the world, it assumes no real leadership role. Can you name five Canadians whose deaths have made the world a lesser place (hint; Ben Cartwright does not count)?

I suggest we pray for our country because of its international timidity and irresponsibiity; because we have to have a Canadian flag on our backpacks to identify us as such; because we are weak and unable to defend ourselves; because we permit one country to act as two; because taking a chance and being bold and determined and being rewarded for entrepreneurail persuits has become a social stain and because our best and brightest continue to move south.

Indeed, pray for Canada; the True North weak and entitled!

Anonymous said...

Why pray for Canada as it has supposedly "become" a Third World country? It has behaved as a Third World country for the last 20 years.

As one of the wealthiest nations in the world, it assumes no real leadership role. Can you name five Canadians whose deaths have made the world a lesser place (hint; Ben Cartwright does not count)?

I suggest we pray for our country because of its international timidity and irresponsibiity; because we have to have a Canadian flag on our backpacks to identify us as such; because we are weak and unable to defend ourselves; because we permit one country to act as two; because taking a chance and being bold and determined and being rewarded for entrepreneurail persuits has become a social stain and because our best and brightest continue to move south.

Indeed, pray for Canada; the True North weak and entitled!