First-past-the-post SUUUUUUUCKS. Some takeways:*
- First and foremost, really disappointed with the Green result. Only 6.5% of the popular vote stings. I was expecting double digits. Strategic voting blows.
- NDP’s 15.9% gets them just 24 seats. It loses 15 seats.
- Bloc Quebecois is now the third party in parliament
- Bloc Quebecois has 32 seats on 7.7% of the vote and despite running candidates in only ONE province. 50% less votes than NDP but 33% more seats… tell me again how FPTP is regionally representative
- Conservatives win the popular vote with 34.4% but Liberals will govern with 33% (46% seats)
- The Prairies are, like, really blue: in Alberta, Conservatives won all but one seat, all their winning candidates had a majority, and overall had 69%. In Saskatchewan they swept with 65% overall, where all their winning candidates had at least 48%. I don’t have the numbers but in multiple ridings they got 80%+
- Liberals lost seats in every single province
- There is no Liberal MP between Port Coquitlam and Winnipeg
- So happy to see Jody Wilson-Raybould win as an independent!
- Sad that Jane Philpott lost her seat, but power to her for running as an independent
- Wth happened to the Greens on Vancouver Island?
- At least Greens have one MP now outside British Columbia
- Green optimism: compared to the last election, they tripled their seat number (from 1) and are the first caucus that’s 2/3 women (but it used to be 1/1!)
- May promises to hold government’s feet to the fire and predicts “crispy toes”… best imagery of the night
- These party leaders are young! Trudeau: 47. Scheer: 40. Singh: 40.
- 31,798 Canadian expats mailed in their ballots (including yours truly)
- Turnout was unremarkable in either direction at 66%
Last word: A Liberal minority is still better than another Liberal majority.
*Numbers still being updated so a bit +/-, sorry…