See all that orange? That’s the NDP sweeping over 100 seats in the House of Commons, shattering their previous record of 43 seats back in the 1980′s when Ed Broadbent was leader. See all that blue? That’s a Conservative majority. I’m staggered at the decimation of the Bloc (Duceppe, their leader, lost his seat to the NDP) — as of 12:30 on Monday night, they had 2 seats and were leading in a third (in a tight race with the NDP candidate). The Liberal vote completely collapsed, falling to a new record low, and there’s some surmising (I think correctly) that a lot of right-leaning Liberals voted Conservative at the last minute, perhaps in reaction to the sudden rise of the NDP. I’m very pleased that Elizabeth May won her seat — she’s the first Green Party MP to be elected, and hopefully this will give the Greens some more legitimacy in the eyes of the country and the press.
It’s late, and I’ll have (much) more to say about this later, but while I’m thrilled that my party did so well, and that for once my vote actually helped elect someone (in a former Liberal stronghold, no less), I’m very, very worried that our petty would-be dictator now has a majority which he can use to decimate the country. This is going to be a rough four years for Canada to weather.