WELL NOW, wasn’t that something? … not.
Liberals handily, pretty much managed to copy its pre-election seat count, plus one seat, and in the reshuffle Conservatives lost 2 nation wide (including 2 in Edmonton … who’da thunk that?), NDP earned one, Green lost one, and The Bloc gained 2.
Final results might skew slightly with mail in ballots, but major shifts are unlikely.
Generally, it was a yawner and only shows that minorities are the way we seem to like our governments right now. In political terms this win would be described as a ‘strong plurality’. More cynically, it’s an electoral dropkick to get back to work.
All in all, it was a big to-do about nothing.
Except for one small fact; they got 4 years to go instead of 2 and that can’t be refuted as a strategic loss, even if the lofty goal of a majority was stuffed back into the Liberal hope chest.
Some programs Liberals were talking about; Pharmacare, Daycare, Long Term Care reform, gun control, Carbon Tax Laws and a host of other proposals would have been a challenge to get up and get running in 2 years, and could have been seen as election fodder for the Conservatives, who would likely have killed them before they saw the light of day.
With a new 4-year mandate, its entirely possible that if they keep their nose clean and survive the coming 4 years in the House, the Liberals will be going to the polls next time with hopefully running, and successful legacy programs like these … and the Conservatives will more likely face the situation of not being able to cancel them.
Cancelling programs people use and have become accustomed to, or are enshrined in law, that actually improve voters’ day to day lives like Pharmacare and daycares … isn’t good campaign policy, and both the Liberals and Conservatives know that.
Transfer that idea to a whole bunch of other longer game portfolio plans the Liberals have running now, or have on the middle shelf, and add more time … really isn’t a loss.
What we have to keep in mind is that we came out of the 2019 election with a very clear mandate from the voters to the House of Parliament that they had to work together to run the country, and that has been loudly repeated again in 2021. We expect parties to negotiate, swap priorities, back room deal and to compromise; whatever they have to do to keep the country on track and moving forward.
The NDP have a stronger case with their increased seats to demand they be heard by the Liberals, in order to get House votes done, and we can expect some concessions to get those votes.
Conservatives will rally behind the 2% lead in the popular vote, but others will respond with the overall progressive vote of 60%, meaning that a large majority of Canadians are in fact progressive minded people. With much of the rest of the world bending towards conservatism and globalist retraction, Canada once again stands out as unique.
Locally some will talk about the 3,700+ votes PPC Corally Delwo received, and we will wonder if our neighbour was one such voter, and we will be astounded that the PPC party attained 5% of the national popular vote, up from 1.5% … and doubling the Greens take, leaving one to think that the hospital protest anti crowd found their party of choice. The fringe of fringes, found a flag.
Our local focus now will be on sending our rookie Frank Caputo to Parliamentary training … a thing that actually happens … and we can hope he represents all of us well, and helps the City access the quagmire that is federal funding programs.
Maybe in the end, this was an election that wasn’t enough about anything, but it happened anyway and pretty much changed nothing.
David Johnson is a Kamloops resident, community volunteer and self described maven of all things Canadian.