WHO ARE THE WINNERS AND LOSERS?

Let’s face it, whether we like it or not not (and many Canadians don’t) the big winner is Stephen Harper.  The fact is I  don’t know a single person who likes Harper and I know many who hate him.  Still and all, Harper was the big winner yesterday.  On his fourth try, he won a majority government.  He is set for the next four years to buy expensive fighter jets, build more prisons and cut corporate taxes.  What a depressing prospect.

Of course the next big winner is Smiling Jack Layton.  At the beginning of the campaign the NDP leader had two broad objectives.  One was to increase the NDP”s seat count.  He  achieved this in spectacular fashion by going over the hundred mark.  His second objective was to deny Harper a majority.  He failed in that, also spectacularly.

But Layton is not out of the woods.  He has a disparate, inexperienced caucus and it will be like herding cats to put them in shape.

The biggest loser in the election was the Liberal party and its leader, Michael Ignatieff.  Ignatieff could not even win his own seat and he led to the historic Liberal party to its worst finish since Confederation.

These  drastic failures raise a couple of questions.  Should Ignatieff resign as party leader.  Should the Liberals and the NDP consider a merger to consolidate the left and give Harper a stronger opposition?

Finally, the fourth big loser  was the Bloc leader, Gilles Duceppe.  Hecouldn’t hold his own seat and his party has been virtually wiped out.  Duceppe has already resigned.

How does the Bloc defeat affect the cause of separatism in Quebec?

Was Canadian democracy also a loser?   Harper got 39 per cent of the popular vote.  Yet he got well over  50 per cent of the seats in parliament and a majority.  Is that any way to run a railroad?

Do you have other winners and losers maybe in your own area?

Who are the winners and losers in yesterday’s election?

What do you think?

10 Comments »

  1. 1
    Barbara Says:

    Much of what you complain about is fallout from having a parliamentary government, i.e. Harper’s alleged blank cheque. No governmental system is perfect, unfortunately. I have long ago learned not to pay any mind to the constant whine of Canadians. It is never as bad as you make it seem.

    What you have now is what the electorate gave you and it is a quite polarized House of Commons. Good luck with that which is the bane of American politics. It is true that there are far too many newbies in the NDP side of the chamber. On the one hand, there will be a very steep learning curve. On the other hand, people wanted fresh ideas and fresh faces.

    It is a great setback for the Liberals. I think Ignatieff’s wishy-washy leadership in the last government did not escape people’s notice. Add to that his patrician and professorial manners and you have many folks discomforted or put off. They will bounce back.

    The big loser is the Bloc. No weeping there. The people of Quebec realize that the Bloc is not the only group that shares their perspective on social issues and, since the Bloc could only act as a gadfly at best, it voted quite emotionally for the NDP. And that despite the intervention of Parizeau and Marois! The majority of NDP MPs are from Quebec. That will have an impact on the direction it takes.

  2. 2
    Neil McKenty Says:

    Thanks, Barbara, for an interesting analysis of the election.

    I am pleased at long last there is a party of the left in Quebec that is not pushing the separatist option.

  3. 3

    Neil writes:

    I am pleased at long last there is a party of the left in Quebec that is not pushing the separatist option.

    Not pushing the separatist option, Neil? They want to open up the constitutional question, don’t they? Pray tell, what do you think that will do to the Pandora’s Box of separatism?

    The NDP also wants to strengthen and expand the influence of the hate law/race law Bill 101 in Quebec.

  4. 4
    jim Says:

    I predict:
    Harper will not buy the U,S, built planes. Probably buy French or British.
    He was trying to get the military vote.
    Liberals and NDP will not amalgamate because that would cost the Liberals their leadership in 3 Provinces at the Provincial level.
    The Federal Liberals will use the Procincial Liberal Workers to reinvigorate the Feds.
    Layton will use the Quebec Federal NDP workers to crank up a Provincial
    slate.
    Most people don’t know it but we’ve just had a referendum with this election. Au revoir Bloc and Bonjour NDP at the Fed and Prov level.
    How crazy was this election? Well a certain young lady won a seat for the NDP in Quebec. On the day of the election she was tripping it up in Las Vegas and slotting her $700 a week in tips. When she arrived back in Montreal she learned that her pay envelope will now be worth $147,000 a year. Not bad for someone who has a French name but doesn’t know how to parlez vous. Whaaaat

  5. 5
    Neil McKenty Says:

    Tony, even if what you say were true, the NDP, faqcing a Tory majority, will be unable to do either.

  6. 6

    The NDP is the official opposition now. The official opposition can set the agenda of parliament to an extent only surpassed by the government party; they can propose motions, get the primary questions during question period, introduce bills.

    With more than half of all MPs from Quebec and a promise to reopen constitutional negotiations, this is a recipe for disaster.

  7. 7
    Neil McKenty Says:

    Tony,
    ow
    The fact is, now that Harper has a solid majority, the NDP opposition can’t do a damn thing.

    Also I hope you noticed the separatists took a body blow in Quebec.
    Now we federalists have a federal party in Quebec city and a federalist
    opposition dominated by Quebec in Ottawa. O happy day!!!

  8. 8

    Neil, You’re a really nice guy but you are deluded. Having the NDP promise constitutional reform for Quebec is a recipe for disaster.

  9. 9
    joe agnost Says:

    You keep ignoring Neil’s point that the official opposition (the NDP) don’t have any real power now that the Conservatives have a majority… The NDP can say anything they want, but they can do very little.

  10. 10
    Barbara Says:

    You all are making the mistake of assuming these politicians will/can keep their promises.


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