June 28, 2004

minority government

So it's a minority government for the Liberals, and as of this moment, they and the NDP are just under a majority and will probably get there by morning.

Interesting results in Atlantic Canada, where all the seats have been decided (change from 2000 in parentheses):

Newfoundland & Labrador
Seats:
Lib 5 (4)
Con 2 (3)
NDP 0 (0)

Percent of vote:
Lib 48 (45)
Con 32 (38)
NDP 17 (18)

Prince Edward Island
Seats:
Lib 4 (4)
Con 0 (0)
NDP 0 (0)

Percent of vote:
Lib 52 (47)
Con 31 (43)
NDP 13 (9)

Nova Scotia
Seats:
Lib 6 (5)
Con 3 (3)
NDP 2 (3)

Percent of vote:
Lib 40 (36)
Con 28 (39)
NDP 28 (24)

New Brunswick
Seats:
Lib 7 (6)
Con 2 (3)
NDP 1 (1)

Percent of vote:
Lib 45 (42)
Con 31 (46)
NDP 21 (12)

Atlantic Region (Totals)
Seats:
Lib 22 (19)
Con 7 (9)
NDP 3 (4)

Percent of vote:
Lib 44 (41)
Con 30 (42)
NDP 23 (17)

So the Tories lose 2 seats to the Liberals and drop 12%; the NDP lose 1 seat to the Liberals but jump 6%. In New Brunswick they nearly double their vote, and at this time it looks like Nova Scotia is going to give the NDP its highest provincial share at 28%

On a final note: Scott Brison, MP for Kings-Hants (Nova Scotia), who switched from the Tories to the Liberals in opposition to the merger, was re-elected. Harper campaigned for his opponent and vowed Brison would fall. Brison's reaction tonight:
"There's no culture of defeat in this room," said Brison at his victory celebration, referring to a comment Conservative Leader Stephen Harper made about Altantic Canada in May 2002.
Hah!