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Several Conservative Cabinet Ministers Defeated As Tories Lose Government

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[A new broom sweeps clean. This couldn't have happened to a more swell bunch, particularly that race and gender traitor, Leona Aglukkaq. *RON*]
By Ryan Maloney, Huffington Post, 19 October 2015

The Conservatives have lost to the Liberals in dramatic fashion and several high-profile members of Stephen Harper's inner circle will not be returning to Ottawa to sit in Opposition benches.

Finance Minister Joe Oliver
Joe Oliver, who was named finance minister in 2014 after Jim Flaherty resigned, has been defeated in the Toronto riding of Eglinton-Lawrence.

Liberal Marco Mendicino, a lawyer who won the Grit nomination over controversial Tory MP-turned-Liberal Eve Adams, pulled off the big upset Monday.

Oliver, first elected in 2011, also previously served as natural resources minister. He avoided the national spotlight throughout the campaign, often leaving Defence Minister Jason Kenney to discuss economic matters with reporters.

The NDP ran former Sa…

Prime Minister-Elect Justin Trudeau has many promises to keep

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[The promise that most excites me - and that was also made by Elizabeth May and Thomas Mulcair - is also the one that is already receiving the most cynical snickers from the pundits: instituting some form of a proportional representation voting system for Canada. I sincerely hope this comes about. For the Green Party, for example, a pure proportional representation system would have made the difference between the one seat they actually obtained and ten seats in Parliament. By the way, click here to see the full set of promises by all parties. This will be a useful reference in future years. *RON*]
By Karl Nerenberg,, 20 October 2015

After one of his three majority victories, Pierre Elliott Trudeau quoted a line from New Hampshire poet Robert Frost’s Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening:

"I have promises to keep / And miles to go before I sleep."

At the late Prime Minister's funeral in 2000 his eldest son Justin parap…

B.C. Election Results: Liberals Take Metro Vancouver While Rest Of Province Remains Split

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[In BC it was mainly NDP (plus Elizabeth May) on Vancouver Island, mainly Liberal in the Lower Mainland, and mainly Conservative in rural and remote parts of the Province, with a smattering of NDP in these latter areas as well. Dianne Watts, though a 'star' Conservative candidate, hardly won by a landslide; squeaked through, more like. *RON*]
By Laura Kane and Geordon Omand, Canadian Press / Huffington Post, 20 October 2015

VANCOUVER — The map of election winners in British Columbia mirrored the political spectrum after Monday's election — NDP on the left, Conservatives on the right and Liberals down the middle.

Vancouver Island and the northwest were the literal left coast, going exclusively to the New Democrats apart from the Green party's Elizabeth May in Saanich-Gulf Islands.

On the right side of the map, the Conservatives held on to ridings in resource-rich northeast B.C. and the Southern Interior, save for a few that went L…

Alberta Election Results: Liberals Capture First Calgary Seats Since 1968

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[The Federal electoral map of Alberta is still an ocean of Tory blue, but now with a small smattering of Liberal red - in Calgary of all places. Plus one lone NDP MP. *RON*]
By Dean Bennett, Canadian Press / Huffington Post, 20 October 2015

EDMONTON — Rolling to victory across Canada on Monday, Justin Trudeau's Liberals also carved out a tiny — but historic — beachhead of four seats at the base of the Conservative fortress in Alberta.

Darshan Kang and Kent Hehr — both former provincial legislature members — became the first federal Liberals elected in Calgary in almost half a century.

Kang edged out Conservative incumbent Devinder Shory in a nailbiter in Calgary Skyview. Hehr upset Conservative incumbent Joan Crockatt in Calgary Centre.

The last Liberal to win in Calgary was Patrick Mahoney in Calgary-South in 1968. It was one of four Alberta seats taken by the Liberals in the euphoria of Trudeaumania under Trudeau's father, Pierre.

A tent out…

This Election Shows Us Canadian Progressives Are Unpredictable

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[The pundit comment I enjoyed best last night was from a fellow who said, "Canada votes for the radical middle." So, when we throw caution completely to the wind, we move from the right to the centre-right. I would have been happiest with an NDP minority government, followed by a Liberal minority government. But I'll take being well and truly rid of Harper as a first step, and happily. See also: Justin Trudeau Receives Congratulations From White House, World Leaders. *RON*]
Hassan Arif, Huffington Post, 20 October 2015

Well... the Harper decade is over.

Harper's concession speech almost seemed anti-climatic. Tonight's loss may have been anticipated by his team. It was not a devastating loss for the Conservatives. The Harper Conservatives did govern for almost a decade, an accomplishment considering how, during the minority mandates, it often seemed the Harper government would soon be defeated. Also, at roughly 100 seats, the…

Harper To Resign As Conservative Leader After Election Defeat

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[A Harper-free Canada, Day 1. Perhaps he can hang with the Ford Brothers until he's settled. He's indicated that he's staying on as an MP, and asked that an interim leader be selected as soon as possible, but there is no specific indication of when a new leader will be selected. *RON*]
By Ryan Maloney, Huffington Post, 19 October 2015

Stephen Harper, the only leader the Conservative Party of Canada has ever known, is stepping down.

It just isn't clear when.

Conservative Party president John Walsh made the announcement in a media release Monday night, shortly after Justin Trudeau's Liberals captured a stunning majority government.

"I have spoken to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and he has instructed me to reach out to the newly elected parliamentary caucus to appoint an Interim Leader and to the National Council to implement the leadership selection process pursuant to the Conservative Party of Canada constitution," …

Oilpatch spending slump could be longest since '50s, Peters predicts

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[The worst downturn in history. "The Calgary investment bank said in a third-quarter preview report on Monday that it forecasts operator spending in the Canadian oilpatch will fall by... 48 per cent over the two-year period compared to 2014." *RON*]
Dan Healing, Calgary Herald, 19 October 2015

The current Canadian drilling slump could last longer and see steeper spending cuts than any since the 1950s, according to a new report from Peters & Co., arriving as besieged oilfield services companies begin releasing third-quarter results this week.

The Calgary investment bank said in a third-quarter preview report on Monday that it forecasts operator spending in the Canadian oilpatch will fall by 39 per cent this year and 14 per cent next year, resulting in a cumulative decline of 48 per cent over the two-year period compared to 2014. It expects producers to limit spending to less than cash flow as cash flow declines by 10 per cent in 2016…

Andrew Coyne quits as Post editor — and endorses NDP candidate

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[On Canadian freedom of the press. The mass media are the 1%. *RON*]
By Kyle Duggan,, 19 October 2015

Andrew Coyne has resigned as editor of editorials and comment for the National Post over a disagreement over Postmedia’s endorsement of the Conservatives, although he’s staying on as a columnist, he announced on Twitter this morning.

In a string of tweets, Coyne explained that he disagreed with Postmedia executives over the endorsement, while his former bosses held the view that “the publication of a column by the editorial page editor dissenting from the Post’s endorsement of the Conservatives would have confused readers and embarrassed the paper.”

5. I don’t see public disagreement as confusing. I see it as honest. Readers, in my view, are adults & understand that adults can disagree. — Andrew Coyne (@acoyne) October 19, 2015

7. To be clear, the owners and managers of a newspaper have a perfect right to set the paper’s editorial lin…