Analysis of yesterday’s Canadian election

More analysis on this election: Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservative members of parliament have to be happy with forming a stable, national, majority Conservative government.  One important thing about this 2011 election was the fact that the Canadian people have decided to prevent the other opposition parties from forming a coalition government.  Michael Ignatieff (Liberal) and Jack Layton (NDP) smelled “blood” and wanted to pull down the Conservative government, then together, were hoping to  form a coalition government. Our public’s intuition tells us that they were power-hungry but they denied it.  However, it was clear that forming a coalition government was the opposition parties’ true motivation in their non-confidence vote, which triggered this fourth election in seven years. The results of our election in 2011 shows that Canadians did not want another election.  Layton and Ignatieff miscalculated.  This election will go down in history as a waste of our public’s taxpayers dollar–thanks to the NDP, Liberals and the Bloc; but also thanks to them, we now have a “stable, national, majority Conservative government”.

Well, it seems that Layton and his NDP members of parliament are delighted anyway in becoming the Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition.  Now is his chance. I know that he will be tough because he is a very sharp and harsh with his words.  You can also bet he will be very free and willing to fling mud mixed with untruthfulness across the aisle. That’s his low-ball style.  But Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the class guy that he is,  can also be tough when he wants to be.

Along with Ignatieff (Liberal leader), Gilles Duceppe (leader of Bloc Quebecois which has now lost official party status) will also be stepping down from their respective party’s leadership.  Both parties were defeated in decisive way, and even embarassed by their respective party’s dismal results.

Again, congratulations to the Conservatives and Prime Minister Harper.  I hope his majority government will stay focused and carry what the Canadian people elected him to do.

Conservatives re-elected to govern with a majority government in Canada

Congratulations to Canada’s Prime Minister re-elect, the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, who has been entrusted to govern with a majority of seats in the House of Commons.  This is a big victory and a big change because it shifts the governing Conservatives from a minority government to a majority government.  They haven’t had a majority government for a couple decades.  Here are the final results from Elections Canada.

  1. Conservatives  167
  2. NDP   102
  3. Liberals   34
  4. Bloc Quebecois  4
  5. Green  1

A couple of other big changes happened in this election: 1) the Liberals lost big time and were decimated; and 2) the separistists Bloc Quebecois were wiped out in Quebec (which is good for federalism and a united Canada). People wanted to give a majority government to Harper’s Conservatives.  I think they’ve done a great job in government and deserve to be given “a strong, stable, national, majority Conservative government”, which is what he asked Canadians for. Way to go! P.M. Stephen Harper was a class act tonight because he honored his opponents and reached out to all Canadians in his Prime Ministerial victory speech (watch here).

The left-leaning NDP was one of the surprises of the night because this is the best showing ever in its party’s history.  My take is that the people in Quebec have rejected separatism and have chosen the NDP because they didn’t like the leadership of the Ignatieff Liberals.  Quebec’s swing away from the B.Q. toward the NDP is a protest vote.

Here’s a link to CTV‘s coverage of the election.

Election Day: Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party of Canada remain in power

Tonight was federal election day in Canada. The Conservative Party of Canada will remain in power and will now have a stronger minority government than before. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was re-elected in his electoral district. Most importantly, the Conservative Party garnered the most support of all major parties; therefore, he remains in power as the Prime Minister of Canada. Congratulations to P.M. Stephen Harper.

In Canada, our Parliament and Cabinet are fused together. Unlike the U.S. system of government, the Prime Minister has the power to appoint Cabinet Ministers from amongst the elected Members of Parliament. The ideal is to elect a majority government because it enables the passage of bills into laws without much hindrance from opposition parties. With 143 of the total 308 seats in the Canadian Parliament, the Conservative Party is about 12 seats shy of forming a majority government. Even though it does not get to form a majority government this time around, it will have a stronger minority government.

Conservative Party: 143 elected as MP
Liberal Party: 76 elected as MP
Bloc Quebecois: 50 elected as MP
New Democratic Party: 37 elected as MP
Independents: 2 elected as MP (edited: final results from Elections Canada)

My personal view of Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been quite positive. I see him as a positive person who is level-headed thinker-type who is able to handle the national and international political affairs of the country very adeptly. He is a policy and an ideas-type of person–definitely not a charismatic figure–type like U.S. Sen. Obama, Gov. Palin, and even, Sen. McCain. He may be even less charismatic than some of the other Prime Ministerial candidates—and some might even say boring. However, he is a hard working, intellectual policy wonk who has guided the party in policy development for years, even before becoming leader of the Conservative Party of Canada.

What makes a Prime Minister or national leader great is not necessarily charisma and charm, but it is one’s trustworthiness. Harper seems to be a very trustworthy person. His faith in God is steady and seems to be his strength and fortress. He is a good family man married to a good and supportive wife. Overall, I think Stephen Harper has been a very good Prime Minister so far. He will continue to lead our nation of Canada with strength based on character and integrity, supported by the right ideas for the Canadian economy and society.

In my home town of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, all four (including incumbents) are Conservatives. Congratulations to all four: Maurice Vellacott, MP; Brad Trost, MP; Lynne Yelich, MP; and newly elected MP Kelly Block.

The Conservative Party of Canada is very popular in western Canada, and has the trust of most western Canadians. It has also made strides in the seat-rich Province of Ontario this election; but the Liberal Party seems to have lost popularity since the last election.