Stephen Harper came into the election campaign close to a majority and with tonight’s results he now has one:
Elsewhere in Canada, the separatist Bloc Québécois collapsed almost entirely sending a huge parcel of seats to the NDP.
Outside of Québéc the center-left Liberal Party lost ground to both the NDP and the Conservatives, and vote-splitting between Liberals and the NDP seeks to have given Harper the crucial seats he needed to get over the 50 yard line. Back in the 1990s, a divided right made the Liberals the dominant party in Canadian politics. For the past five years, it’s been just the reverse as divisions on the left keep throwing elections to Harper. It’ll be interesting to see if Canada manages to evolve toward a stable two-party system.