Canadian federal election: everybody wins

Obviously, the major winners of the Canadian federal election are Stephen Harper’s Conservatives. Harper will be the new Prime Minister of Canada, after 13 years of Liberal governance. Harper can now dream about promoting good christian values and saying « God bless you » when he speaks in an English speaking province, revoking the rights of the homosexual community, supporting the US National Defense Missile (NMD), fighting against contraception, helping the USA in the war against Iraq, making Canada leave the Kyoto Protocol… For the new sachem of Canada, the sky is entirely blue, and soon the country of Mi’kmaqs and their friends will be the 51th state of the USA. Above all, the congratulations of George W. Bush that he received on the phone this morning are probably the hottest thing for Harper.

Even if the filmmaker Michael Moore is disappointed, as I am, Canadian people are also winners. Harper’s victory was given by all the surveys the past weeks. Everybody knew that he would lead the country. But the good thing is that he failed to win a majority of seats. With 124 seats, the Conservatives will have to rely on the support of at least one opposition party to survive in the 308-seat House of Commons, and every piece of legislation will probably have to be negotiated. Plus, no member of the Conservative Party was elected in the biggest cities (Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver).

The Liberals of Paul Martin were presented in the medias as the big losers. When I think about all the evidences showing that the Liberal Party of Canada is corrupted, such as the sponsorship scandal, they were lucky in winning 103 seats at the House. They are now a strong opponent to Conservatives, they can clean their image and seem to have modern ideas compared to Harper’s party. The Bloc Québécois took 51 seats – a little less than in 2004 when they had 54 -, they also lost some seats in Quebec’s area, but they won new important seats elsewhere. For « le Bloc », those federal elections seem to be a neutral result. For the Quebec sovereigntists, the election of the conservatives could be a good way to promote a Quebec society with different values. The NPD won 29 seats, their best result since 1988, and 9 more than the last election. Still a new winner, the Green Party of Canada gained 4.49% of popular vote. This gives no seats, but the party achieved its higher percentage since its beginning, and it will now receive over $1.1 million CAD per year until the next federal election.

In my view, everybody won those elections. Everybody, except perhaps the strange Marijuana Party which won 0.06% of popular votes (vs. 0.25 in 2004 and 0,52% in 2000).

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