An Island

So the votes have been counted in the 2011 Canadian federal election, and the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) has won their coveted majority of seats in the House of Commons, with the New Democratic Party (NDP) taking the second greatest number and forming the official Opposition to the government (replacing the Liberals who held that role in the previous parliament).

But the small city I live in, Guelph (pronounced Gwelf, for those who aren’t familiar with it – the name comes from British royalty, via King George IV through the Guelph lineage from the House of Welf ), re-elected (result still to be officially confirmed) the incumbent Liberal Party of Canada (LPC) MP Frank Valeriote.

Which, when looking at a map of election results by riding where CPC seats are blue,  LPC seats are red and NDP are orange, leaves Guelph as one of a few islands of red and orange in a sea of blue here in South-Central Ontario:

Southwestern Ontario election results - taken from CBC website

The overall map for the country shows a little more variation from region, but it’s still (for me, at least) depressingly blue:

Canada wide election results - taken from CBC website

It will be an interesting four years to come…


2 Responses to An Island

  1. There are going to be lots of islands of reason in a sea of conservative blue…the upside is that sometime in the 1st year of Conservative rule everyone will remember why they had sent them packing after Mulroney. The downside is there’s going to be 4 years after that reinforcing the lesson.
    At some point we’ll learn there are worse things than frequent elections…


    • Rob says:

      I just wish people could have understood that strategic voting is one of those things that, while not ideal, is much better than blindly following your heart/conscience by voting for the party you dream of having in power and thereby allowing the party you absolutely didn’t want in power to gain a seat by splitting the opposing votes.

      Sorry, just needed to vent… a couple of nearby ridings could have seen the CPC candidates defeated if even 1/2 of the NDP supporters had voted strategically for the Liberals.

      Perhaps a desire to avoid the fate of the post-Mulroney PCs will drive the CPC government to be a bit more circumspect and moderate than feared at the moment, in the hopes of getting re-elected.

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