Global News’ Anna Mehler Paperny writes HERE that the polls hadn’t even closed across Canada when news organizations called a Liberal government – and, within an hour, a Liberal majority.
Justin Trudeau’s party went from a distant third in the polls barely a month before the election to sweeping Atlantic Canada, much of Quebec, the urban centres of Ontario and even spots in Alberta’s Conservative strongholds.
But after the Liberals finish celebrating their comeback victory, they’ll have to govern.
And they have a tough set of promises to live up to.
The party at Stephen Harper’s campaign headquarters in Calgary emptied out quickly, with little to celebrate.
The Conservative party will form the Official Opposition and Stephen Harper will step down as leader of the party, according to a party statement.
“Friends, our country is one of the most enduring democracies in the world today and today, for the 42nd time in 148 years…while tonight’s result is certainly not the one we had hoped for, the people are never wrong,” he said.
“The disappointment you also feel is my responsibility and mine alone.”
Harper’s decision sends the party into its second leadership race since the Progressive Conservatives amalgamated with the Canadian Alliance.
Do you think this election result was more Conservative failure than it was a Liberal success?