THE MOST POINTLESS ELECTION IN CANADIAN HISTORY
Until last night, the poster child for “pointless Canadian elections” was 1965. That was the year Liberal Prime Minister Lester Pearson called a snap election in a bid to turn his minority government into a majority. Instead, all Pearson did was add a piddling three seats to his caucus. Election 44 essentially re-enacted 1965, but with a seat change that was even more inconsequential.
Leading a deeply divided party, Green Party Leader Annamie Paul hoped to at least win her riding of Toronto Centre. She got a distant fourth place, winning only about 2700 votes.
Conservatives won the popular vote again. The only party that has never flirted with the idea of proportional representation once again emerged as the most potent victim of first-past-the-post. The Tories got more than 34 per cent of the vote; more than two points higher than the Liberals.
While the last days of the election may have featured some talk of a Conservative minority governing with NDP support, that is now only possible if the Conservatives were to form a coalition with every single NDP MP and also 22 of the 32 Bloc Québécois ones.
Maryam Monsef, the Liberal MP who was once in charge of Trudeau’s aborted electoral reform plans, will not be returning to Ottawa. Monsef, who referred to the Taliban as “our brothers” early in the campaign, became the only Liberal upset in Southern Ontario Monday night, losing to Conservative Michelle Ferreri.
Leona Alleslev, the Liberal MP who crossed the floor to join the Conservatives, lost her seat Monday night to her Liberal challenger. Fun fact: Her now-former riding, Aurora—Oak Ridges—Richmond Hill, is the most heavily populated in Canada, with roughly as many people as all three territories combined .
Maxime Bernier won a distant second place in Beauce, the riding he previously held as a Conservative (and he was beat by a dairy farmer). But his grand national project to punish the Conservatives for forsaking him has paid off handsomely. While it’s incorrect to characterize every PPC voter as a disaffected Tory, early results had at least half a dozen ridings where the Conservatives would have won if purple voters had instead gone blue, including Cambridge, Cloverdale-Langley City and Nanaimo-Ladysmith.
Story by: National Post