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Here are the results as of this morning from the CBC’s Canada Votes 2011:
The Conservative majority is obviously bad for me, but I have to say I’m not unhappy about the other aspects of the result. I haven’t been impressed by the Liberals lately, so that’s not a big deal for me. I think it’s interesting that the NDP wave will move the balance of the opposition to the left; maybe not for the seats where the NDP replaced the BQ, but definitely for the Liberals. I’m happy the BQ was trounced and I think it’s great the the Greens finally have a seat.
Maybe the Liberals will figure out they went too far away from the left. Personally, I’m still wary of what might happen with an NDP government, considering they still don’t show how they might pay for all the things they want. So, were the Liberals to move back to the left a bit, while still maintaining the commitment to fiscal responsibility, I’d consider landing my vote there. But, as a start they’ll need to get a leader who resonates with people.
One interesting aspect of election coverage last night was how much the media was trying to praise Ignatief while discussing the Liberal loss. They’d talk about how great of a guy he is, and how he ran a great campaign – even to the extent of coming up with excuses.