For $600 million and counting Canadians got a dangerous status quo on the night of the election. Initial reports of the 44th general election results are said to be Liberals: 158 (up one); Conservatives 119 (down three); NDP 25 (up one); Bloc Québécois 34 (up one) and Green Party two (down one). Mail-in ballots are yet to be counted. Once they are counted reports indicate it could affect the outcome in eighteen ridings but will not change the fact that the next government will be a Liberal minority.
It remains a mystery for Canadians why the Liberals thought calling an election in the middle of a pandemic was a good idea. More so because the election call coincided with the September return to schools with teachers, education workers and parents focused on coping with all the uncertainties and worries related to COVID-19 outbreaks and unsafe learning and teaching conditions. In these circumstances they eliminated many teachers, education workers and parents from the equation of who might vote for them.
The turnout in the election appears to be low once again. Reports indicate that roughly 17 million out of 27,366,297 voters on the final list of electors cast their ballots. Turn out based on in-person voting is 58 per cent of registered voters; with yet to be validated ballots turnout is roughly 62.2 per cent. Even if we take the higher figure, it means that the Liberals who will form the government and received some 32 per cent of votes cast, will govern with a vote of only 18.9 per cent of registered electors.
Spinning this into talk about receiving a “mandate” from the people is becoming an impossible task for the ruling class which is desperate to shore up the democratic credentials of their anti-people, anti-social and anti-national rule. This rule is putting the entire country and its people in increasing dangers of all kinds as the conditions of life and work and in the communities and regions reveal. [More]