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    Any other Canadians freaked out by all that blue?

    Came home to find Harper won a majority, and I died a little inside-- just wondering how other Canadians are reacting? Happy? Concerned? Terrified?
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    I am a little confused. I just finished voting a few hours ago, do they count up the votes so fast?

    It was my first time.

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    I just figured out the answer to my confusion. Sorry for embarassing myself
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    Please explain the word "Canadian"
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    Don't worry about it, especially if it's your first time. This time preliminary results were leaked early by the CBC accidentally.. but those results basically said it all. A conservative majority, an NDP minority, and the Liberals and Bloc practically wiped off the map-- I never though I'd ever see results like this. O_O
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    Meh, I got to help vote in Elizabeth May!

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    I support NDP, so im happy for the party's gains but Harper is so greasy, look at some of the crap he pullshttp://www.examiner.com/canada-headl...n-election-day

    Canada's political scene is looking more like the harsh divides in the US, its depressing.
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    I won't lie, I'm contemplating slapping my province upside the head with a rolled-up newspaper, one conservative voter at a time. Still, living in Alberta I've gotten used to disappointment.
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    My region stayed Liberal since our MP is a trusted veteran of the game, but I'm still in shock how badly the Liberals did in the GTA region even though a lot of them were thought to be lock-ins. It contributed to a huge amount of seats for the Conservatives.

    Still, I think if Harper does anything really stupid in the next few years, it will only fuel the NDP momentum and Layton might end up taking over. It's just shocking how well they did this time around.

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    I'm not too familiar with Canadian politics... Is Harper like George Bush or something? Because a lot of people seem to hate him or at least discuss as of late him in a negative light.

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    @ Velderia
    Harper is like a smarter more evil and devious George bush which imo makes him far scaryer

    @Alex
    I really think the more moderate and center left vote in Canada is really suffering from a constant vote split between the NDP and liberals. Both partys arent so different and ensure at least some of the votes are wasted. Just imagine the different outcomes in the close races of this election, if u added the Liberal votes to the NDP votes i bet there would be far fewer conservatives elected. I think i would be happy to see the 2 parties come to an agreement and voltron their way to power.
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    Yeah, I agree. The parties aren't really far apart at all and Layton had a magnificent campaign compared to Ignatieff. I guess people ended up choosing the orange this time around and possibly in the future unless Liberals can get somebody better than Ignatieff and Dion.

    The only problem with this logic is that why would the GTA region defect from Liberals to Conservatives. It's something like 30/44 of the seats are Conservatives when, years ago, it would be mostly red.

    It seems most of the Liberal MPs winning had little to do with Ignatieff so much as them being much more experienced in that region like Bob Rae. Still, there were so many veteran Liberal MPs who got annihilated around here. Hell, my region's MP won by a much closer margin than ever before.

    Whatever, let's see what Harper will do with a majority government. At least there won't be another election every other minute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oxide-0 View Post
    I really think the more moderate and center left vote in Canada is really suffering from a constant vote split between the NDP and liberals. Both partys arent so different and ensure at least some of the votes are wasted.
    Yes. It was better when the right was split between Conservative and Reform. Then the reasonable people with conservative fiscal policies voted Conservative and the nutfuck crazy Western Separatists voted Reform. This was a perfectly good arrangement. But now there is only one choice for the right so if they want a balanced budget they have to take the crazy along with it.
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    I'm not thrilled that the Conservatives got in. But I'm happy that it's a majority parliament. At least now we can get down to business without the fear of another election every two years.

    As for the Liberals, just check out their last term in office under Chretien. If they've been wiped off the political landscape, it's their own fault. The Bloc, seriously, I live on the west coast of BC, I really don't care about their future too much. No offense to Duseppe (sp?); as it turns out he was the one candidate with the most political experience of them all and he at least spoke his mind. But the Bloc agenda just seems overly narrow.

    Ultimately, I'm happy with what happened with the Greens. It's the way I voted and one day, they will surprise a lot of people, I think
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    Well, just to provide a dissenting opinion, let me say that I am delighted that:

    • The Conservatives finally have a majority
    • The Bloc Quebecois was annihilated
    • The Liberals took a massive and humiliating downsizing


    Yes, Jack Layton ran a powerful campaign and deserves his success, but the NDP is a vastly different party today than it was on Sunday, and four years is a long time.

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    im conservative, i'm happy. Harper supports the economy and thats what needs be helped. In the long term, that will help canadian families. He's the only one i would trust with a majority. Im happy the bloc failed too.

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    Really, what gets me is that the Conservatives managed to inherit a budget surplus from the Liberals and turn it into the biggest debt in Canadian history while cutting social programs and funding for the arts. If Canada is going to be in debt up to its asscheeks then I want some fucking nice stuff to account for it. I want dental coverage and education funding and a giant penis-shaped tower in Ottawa that occasionally walks around stomping things.
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    The penis tower does sound intriguing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pavel Sokov View Post
    The penis tower does sound intriguing
    If I were in politics I'd have it built and wave it at the US occasionally just because. We'd be known internationally as "those dicks up North."

    You guys should totally elect me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pavel Sokov View Post
    The penis tower does sound intriguing
    Then come visit scenic Ypsilanti, Michigan. This wonder of architecture and engineering is just across the street from the campus of Eastern Michigan University! In asking directions citizens in nearby Ann Arbor will ask if they need to go to the right or the left of the penus tower, and really, who can blame them?

    But to get back on topic I've read that the new Canadian PM is like George W. Bush, minus the warmth and intellect. Yikes!
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    Since when did George Bush have intellect?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vineris View Post
    If I were in politics I'd have it built and wave it at the US occasionally just because. We'd be known internationally as "those dicks up North."

    You guys should totally elect me.
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    not so sure about that logic there about the deficit. I think the conservatives did an decent job. The liberals got the surplus on an economic high and the conservatives got a deficit on an economic low. Nothing to do with the parties, it's just that the whole world was doing alright when the liberals happened to be there. In the deficit from 2008+, canada escaped with the best economy of anyone. I believe it was partially luck, but also conservatives did a lot to keep our economy running better than any other country. Yes, we do have a deficit, but not nearly as bad as it could have been.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cory Hinman View Post
    Then come visit scenic Ypsilanti, Michigan. This wonder of architecture and engineering is just across the street from the campus of Eastern Michigan University! In asking directions citizens in nearby Ann Arbor will ask if they need to go to the right or the left of the penus tower, and really, who can blame them?

    But to get back on topic I've read that the new Canadian PM is like George W. Bush, minus the warmth and intellect. Yikes!
    I've been here three years and I've never seen the Penis Tower...time to drive on over. All I ever see is the Ann Arbor water towers.

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