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Liberals Win Majority Government. Stephen Harper To Step Down As Conservative Leader. Toronto Swept Liberal Red with Huge Upsets of Familiar Faces. WATCH: New Official Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer. Toronto Bats Come Alive as Blue Jays Beat Royals.
Liberals Win Majority Government
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.
The Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne has put out the following statement with regards to the results of Monday’s election.
“I want to congratulate Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada on their federal election victory. They have received a clear mandate to govern from the people of Canada. I look forward to working in co-operation with our new federal partner on behalf of the people of Ontario. I also want to congratulate everyone elected, and thank every candidate who put his or her name on a ballot. It takes courage to put your name forward for elected office, and you have made a valuable contribution to our healthy democracy. To Canadians from coast to coast to coast who cast a ballot, thank you. Your participation keeps our country strong.”
Stephen Harper To Step Down As Conservative Leader
Now Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper is poised to step down as Conservative party leader, but will stay on as an MP for Calgary Heritage. Party president John Walsh has sent out a press releases saying Harper instructed him to reach out to the new parliamentary caucus and request that they choose an interim leader. Walsh will also ask the party’s governing body to start the process of appointing a leadership organizing committee to set the ground rules for an impending race. Stephen Harper did not address his future or the future of the party in his concession speech. Party president John Walsh says that a detailed statement on Harper and the Conservative party’s future will be released Tuesday at 9 a.m. (e.s.t.)
Toronto Swept Liberal Red with Huge Upsets of Familiar Faces
Thanks to voters in the GTA Justin Trudea has secured a Liberal majority in this year’s Federal Election. In over 33 ridings Liberals have taken all of them, stretching from Toronto into Brampton and Mississauga. With the Liberal victory some familiar faces will be joining Trudea’s caucus including former Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair he dominated over NDP candidate Dan Harris in Scarborough South West. Former Councillor Adam Vaughan also clobbered NDP’s Olivia Chow who after the vote said the NDP “Is far from over.” Some more bad news for very familiar Conservative faces Finance Minister Joe Oliver has been ousted in Eglinton-Lawrence losing to Liberal Marco Mendicino. Again, another loss for the Tories, former Police Chief of Toronto Julian Fantino lost his seat in Vaughan-Woodbridge falling to another Liberal Francesco Sorbara.
WATCH: New Official Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer
The new trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was finally unvailed to the world last night and it looks pretty damn good. The seventh film in the Star Wars series reunites the original cast of Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill. They are joined by British newcomers Daisy Ridley and John Boyega.
Toronto Bats Come Alive as Blue Jays Beat Royals
If there ever was a “must-win” game for the Blue Jays, game 3 of the American League Championship Series was it. The Jays had their bats swinging with homers from Troy Tulowitzky, Josh Donaldson and Ryan Goins in an 11-8 win over the Royals at Rogers Centre last night. Tulowitzky becomes the first Blue Jays in franchise history to hit multiple 3-run-homers in the post season. He was also ejected late in the game for arguing balls and strikes with the umpire. Game 4 goes this afternoon at 4:07pm with R.A. Dickey up against Chris Young.
Also today, game 3 of the NLCS will see the Chicago Cubs send Kyle Hendricks to the hill as they try to claw back into the series, down 0-2 to the Mets, who counter with Jacob Degrom.