More than a year ago the Council of Canadians set twin objectives for this federal election: to get out the vote and to defeat the Harper government. Both were accomplished last night. More than 17.5 million people, about 68 per cent of all eligible voters, cast a ballot in this election. That's a dramatic increase of almost 3 million voters from the 14.8 million people, or 61.4 per cent of eligible voters, who voted in May 2011. And last night not only was Stephen Harper defeated as prime minister, he resigned as leader of the Conservative Party.
Thank you for the incisive, insider assessment, Mr. Patterson.
In the U.S., our lack of proportional representation yields similar outcomes that allot a disproportionate share of power to "the usual suspects" and assorted corporate-puppet misfits:
"We had felt though that the best likely outcome of this election would be a minority government. And if we had a system of proportional representation that would have been the outcome last night. Under that system, the Liberals would have won a minority government of about 133 seats (rather than a majority with 184 seats), the NDP 67 seats and the Greens 12 seats. We could have had a stable minority government through a multi-party coalition or accord. Instead, the Liberals won 54 per cent of the seats in the House of Commons with just 39.5 per cent of the vote. We believe this is wrong."
It IS wrong!
I'm certainly no expert on Canadian politics, but from what I have read and been reading about the political vision and policies of the Harper government and the Liberals of Trudeau, it seems like Canada has replaced their Bush with their Obama. The Council of Canadians will have to push very hard.