It looks like the longest campaign in Canada’s recent history paid off well for the Liberals, as the party swept the vote winning a majority government.
The Liberals went into the election with less than 40 seats from the 2011 election. As of 12:45 p.m., they were leading with 184 seats, much more than needed to garner a majority government.
It was only in Alberta and Saskatchewan where the Liberals didn’t sweep most of the votes. Conservative leader Stephen Harper reclaimed his Calgary Heritage riding before the party released a statement saying he would be stepping down as leader.
NDP Leader Tom Mulcair also kept his seat in Outremont, albeit by a tight win of 42% to Liberal Rachel Bendayan’s 33%.
Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe lost his riding of Laurier-Sainte-Marie, but his party picked up at least 8 seats overall in Quebec.
Green Party leader Elizabeth May kept her seat in the Saanich-Gulf Islands riding in B.C, the lone Green seat won in the whole election.
Overall, it was a surprising win for the Liberals, and a far loss for the NDP, who went from Official Opposition status to distant third party status.
Over 15 million people showed up to cast a ballot, approximately 60.4 % with 90% of the polls calculated.
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