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:: ElectionWatch 2006

Harper ends 12 years of Liberal dominance

Stephen Harper -- Canada's 22nd Prime Minister 

OTTAWA - To surprise of many, Stephen Harper did it. 

The leader of a party that appeared destined for permanent opposition just two and a half years ago, has defeated the mighty Liberal Party and Prime Minister Paul Martin. 

It's the first time the Conservatives have tasted power at the federal level in more than 12 years. 
But Harper has been given a limited mandate, winning just 124 seats, about 31 fewer than is needed for a majority.  

The most surprising development in this campaign was the resurgence of Conservative popularity in Quebec. Many had doubted the Tories would win more than one seat before the election started, but Harper and the Tories elected 10 MPs in ridings that were supposed to be easy romps for the Bloc.  
If there is a downside to the Harper win it is his party's inability to win support in the country's three largest cities -- Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. 

The U.S. has its red and blue states, and Canada appears to have developed a similar split between rural and urban. 

But it's not all negative. In  the Ottawa region, the Conservatives made gains winning two seats that had been held by Liberals for years. 

Overall, the election results show positive signs for almost all parties. 

Although it's not a majority, the Tories are in and no longer can the Liberals make baseless accusations about how the country would be totally different with them in charge. 

For the Liberals, they lost power but they avoided the near wipe out that many had predicted. And Martin has avoided creating a crisis in his party by immediately announcing his intentions to not lead the party in another election. For the Liberals it is an opportunity for renewal. 

NDP Leader Jack Layton is also a winner. Unlike pass NDP leaders who cooperated with a Liberal minority, Layton and his party did not lose seats in the subsequent election. 

The only party that may have had a bad night is the Bloc Quebecois. The Tory gains knocked out some popular Bloc MPs, including Odina Desrochers and Richard Marceau. However, this could be offset by the gains the Bloc made in Montreal, defeating Liza Frulla and Pierre Pettigrew. 


Tory minority
( January 24, 2006)

Conservative Leader Stephen Harper will become the 22nd prime minister of Canada after his party won a minority government in Monday night's federal election campaign. Prime Minister Paul Martin has conceded to Harper and has announced he won't lead the Liberals in the next election.  

Top Story: Networks give Tories a minority 
NDP makes gains, Liberal heavyweights go down
Atlantic: Liberals hang on to key seats in Atlantic Canada

Martin resigns
(January 24, 2006)

Prime Minister Paul Martin accepted defeat at the polls on Tuesday morning and caused a gasp among his supporters in Montreal when he announced he is stepping down as party leader.


Critics wrong about Harper
(January 24, 2006)

Prime Minister designate Stephen Harper was a title many snickered at in Ottawa as recently as eight weeks ago. PoliticsWatch looks back at what some of Harper's critics had to say about his chances of winning.


Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland and Labrador (7 ridings)
(Posted December 5, 2005)


West Montreal (9 ridings)
(Posted November 23, 2005)

Western and Northern Quebec (10 ridings)
(Posted November 28, 2005)


Central Toronto (10 ridings)
(Posted November 17, 2005)



Northern Ontario (10 ridings)
(Posted November 21, 2005)



Vancouver and the Northern Mainland (11 ridings)
(Posted November 11, 2005)


B.C Interior  (9 ridings)
(Posted November 15, 2005)



Territories (3 ridings)
(Posted December 21, 2005)


:: PoliticsWatch Story of the Election to Date

> Lobbyists can still get government grants under Harper plan (January 13)
> Martin disowns Liberal candidate (January 13)

> Martin says he approved attack ads (January 12)
> Campaign Nuggets Day 45: Belinda goes ballistic (January 12)
> Campaign Nuggets Day 44: Private health care won't stop Martin's notwithstanding plan (January 11)
> Clock ticking for Liberals (January 11)

> Who would be in a Harper cabinet? (January 10)

> Martin, Layton, Duceppe go after Harper in debate (January 10)
> Campaign Nuggets: Secrets of Option Canada revealed (January 9)
> Martin defends grant under investigation  (January 6)
> Campaign Nuggets: Liberal asks opposition to stop making corruption allegations  (January 6)
> Campaign Nuggets Day 38: Spy vs Spy on the campaign trail (January 5)

> Harper reaches out to Layton (January 5)

> Ask the RCMP, PM tells reporters (January 4)

> Campaign Nuggets Day 37: Brison says Tories not entitled to "Entitlements" ad (January 4)

> Market watcher doubts ITscam will affect confidence in Canada (January 3)

> Campaign Nuggets Day 36: Harper defends use of lobbyists (January 3)
> Campaign Nuggets Day 23: PM says Liberals back on government payroll better work next week (December 21)
> Campaign Nuggets Day 22: Layton: Toronto a one-party state (December 20)
> NDP asks U.S. authorities to investigate NYSE trading (December 19)
> First series of leaders debates (December 16)
> Campaign Nuggets Day 18: Notwithstanding the debate confusion ... (December 16)

> Campaign Nuggets Day 17: Copps says Martin opposed Kyoto (December 15)
> Iran: The most important non-election issue (December 15)
> Campaign Nuggets Day 16: Harper promises elected Senate (December 14)
> Harper asked to explain position on Iraq (December 13)

> Campaign Nuggets Day 15: Bashing better than a Buzz for Martin (December 13)
> Harper's use of lobbyists criticized (December 12)

> Campaign Nuggets Day 14: Food for thought on beer, popcorn and Skittles (December 12)
> Campaign Nuggets Day 11: PM in White House dog house (December 9)
> Martin proposes handgun ban (December 8)

> Campaign Nuggets Day 10: Seniors group denies being leaked finance info (December 8)
> Harper urges Liberals not to destroy income trust documents  (December 7)
> Campaign Nuggets Day 9: Layton proposes Belinda bill  (December 7)

> Layton getting lost in strategic shuffle  (December 6)
> Campaign Nuggets Day 8: eBay pulls plug on vote-buying auction  (December 6)
> Campaign Nuggets Day 7: PM says Lapierre was just reacting  (December 5)
> Elections Canada sees no problems with Blogs during election  (December 2)

> Campaign Nuggets Day 4: Is Harper George W. Bush's late Christmas gift?  (December 2)
> Duceppe's Dream Team (December 1)
> Campaign Nuggets Day 3: Financial Times criticizes free-spending PM (December 1)
> Campaign Nuggets Day 2: Oh, you mean that Omni (November 30)
> Opposition parties question patriotism of Martin's family company (November 30)
> Conservatives on wrong side of every national issue (November 29)
>It's official: January 23 is election day (November 29)
>Harper says he will revisit gay marriage (November 29)

>Martin government defeated (November 28)

>Gomery Parliament comes to an end (November 25)

> Harper alleges Liberals worked with organized crime in Adscam (November 24)

> "Mr. Volpe is a sleazebag" (November 24)

> ElectionWatch 2006 -- Confidence motion tabled (November 23)

> On eve of election, Liberals get tougher on lobbyists (November 23)

> Adscam whistleblower to run for Tories (November 23)

> Martin plays hidden agenda card (November 22)

> Opposition parties pass motion calling for early election (November 21)

> Minority Parliament appears to be in final days (November 19)

> Senior Tory unaware of plan to cut GST (November 18)

> MacKay fears Liberals will pull the plug (November 17)

> Layton tables motion calling for an election (November 17)

> Goodale introduces retroactive tax cut (November 14)
> Martin calls opposition motion untenable (November 14)
> ElectionWatch (Updated November 14)
> Non-confidence vote 101  (November 14)
> Opposition leaders plot strategy (November 11)
> Martin doesn't have democratic authority to make election promises, says Harper (November 10)

> Harper, Duceppe supportive of Layton's election motion (November 9)

> Harper won't rule out supporting estimates  (November 8)

> Layton opens door to early election  (November 7)

> Legislative Update: Opposition parties free to bring forward confidence motions (November 4)

> Layton ups threats  (November 2)

> Gomery exonerates Martin, blames Chretien, Pelletier, Gagliano (November 1)

> Legislative Update: Gomery unlikely to bring down the House (October 28)

> Layton calls meeting with Martin disappointing  (October 25)

> Martin says he's meeting, not bargaining, with Layton  (October 24)

> Martin says Yes to Layton  (October 20)

> What Gomery read over the summer (October 14)

> Another session of scandal (October 11)

> Harper won't defeat government on energy bill (October 5)

> Government delays confidence votes six weeks  (October 4)

> Harper says election timing up to Layton  (September 22)

> PM dares Harper to work "hand-in-hand" with Duceppe  (September 16)
> Gomery delay means pre-election budget on the way  (September 12)

> Tory caucus prepares for sneak Liberal attack  (September 6)

> Will gas prices cost Liberals at the polls?  (August 31)

> PM denies writing off Quebec  (August 25)

> How the West can be won  (August 25)

> New TV ads show Harper being Harper  (August 23)

> NDP prefers post-Gomery election  (August 22)

> Liberal ministers invade Canada's North  (August 5)

> Martin dares Harper to make same-sex marriage an election issue  (June 29)

> Martin survives  (May 19)

> "Betrayal"  (May 17)

> Tories, Bloc shutdown Parliament  (May 12)

> Harper, Duceppe demand vote, Martin says wait a week  (May 11)
> Motions recommending Liberals resign passes  (May 10)
> NDP saves Liberals from confidence vote  (May 2)

> Harper declares war (April 27)

> Liberals, NDP reach budget deal  (April 26)

> Embattled PM tries to buy time  (April 21)

> Opposition puts forward non-confidence motion: Martin to address the nation  (April 20)

> Looking to avoid confidence vote, Liberals yank opposition days  (April 18)

> PM calls on Harper not to force an election  (April 8)

> Brault's tsunami of Liberal corruption  (April 7)

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