News from British and Canadian Conservatives

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Conservatives make inroads in urban Canada

The results are in, and it's not quite a Conservative majority. However, the increased plurality will strengthen Stephen Harper's hand as Prime Minister. Moreover, the spread of Conservative seats across Canada will strengthen the Conservative brand for the long term good of the party, and the country.

Some notable results this election saw Conservative gains in Greater Toronto. Peter Kent's victory in Thornhill was particularly sweet for me, since I had made many phone calls to the riding urging people to switch to the Conservatives. The victory in Mississauga suggests the Liberals can no longer rely upon the immigrant vote, which I find particularly satisfying as a recent immigrant myself.

Conservatives now have MPs in every province except Newfoundland and Labrador, where the Provincial Progressive Conservatives campaigned against their Federal counterparts. Even Prince Edward Island elected it's first Tory since 1984! In the North, Nunavut elected a Conservative, meaning that the three parties each represent one Territory.

Alarmingly for the Liberals, their support base has been sharply eroded. Still without representation in Alberta, it seems that they will have to settle for just one seat in BC, one in Saskatchewan one in Manitoba, with all four western Provinces dominated by the Conservative Party. Even Ontario saw the Conservatives win more seats and votes than the traditionally dominant Liberals. The Conservatives also came first in New Brunswick, althouth the Liberals topped the other Maritime provinces. The biggest disappointment for the Conservatives has to be Quebec, where the hard fought break-through didn't materialise. Instead, the Bloc extended their grip, with the Liberals maintaining second place, just ahead of the Conservatives.

Overall, the election has produced another minority. But it is a stronger minority, less than ten seats from a majority. The Conservatives cannot be defeated unless all three opposition parties unite, strengthening the Prime Minister at an important time of economic uncertainty. Most importantly, the Conservative caucus is drawn from across the country, from rural ridings and urban ridings, from native ridings, from immigrant ridings. The next Conservative Government can truly claim to represent all of Canada.

1 comment:

The Refuser said...

If only the voters in Britain could see it the same way.