Harper and the Conservatives Win in Canada
Conservative Leader Stephen Harper will become Canada’s next prime minister, as Canadians have elected a Tory minority government and ended a 12-year reign of Liberal rule. Nationwide, the Tories are currently leading or elected in 123 ridings, the Liberals in 103, the Bloc in 51 and 30 for the NDP. One independant was elected.
The Tories appeared to make significant gains in Ontario and Quebec, leading or elected in at least two dozen seats in Central Canada. The NDP also made major gains, up 11 from the 2004 vote. In Quebec, where they were shut out in 2004, the Tories made major inroads, leading or elected in 10 ridings, eight from the Bloc and two from the Liberals.
This would seem great news for U.S.-Canadian relations and, indeed, for Canada itself, which desperately needs a fresh start politically.
Ed Morrissey has been live-blogging since 6:30, for those interested in a blow-by-blow recap.
Update (1/24): The Tories gained ever so slightly in the final count (same link):
Conservative Leader Stephen Harper, Canada’s next prime minister, pledged to work with all parties in the next Parliament after Canadians elected a Tory minority government Monday, ending a 12-year reign of Liberal rule.
“Tonight friends, our great country has voted for change. And Canadians have asked our party to take the lead in delivering that change,” Harper told supporters in Calgary.
“There will be another chance and there will be another time,” Martin told a roomful of supporters in Montreal. He said he called Harper to congratulate him.
CBC has many related stories linked from within the ever-evolving main one.