So what made this Harper majority? Time for some sobering statistics, you might want to prepare a barf bag: 6,201 -- Friends, this is not the title of the newest Rush albumStrategic voting had a real chance, but was abandoned by many during the final days.
This is a number we need to remember over the course of the next four years and especially during the next election: 6,201 is the COMBINED margin of victory across the 14 most closely contested Conservative ridings in Canada -- with 6,215 being the number needed -- as the total number of votes -- the nearest parties would require to have won these 14 seats but one vote.
The COMBINED margin of victory. This is how close the election actually was. In each of these races the Conservatives had a margin of victory of less than 800 votes. Most margins were much, much smaller
Now we have a Harper majority and the perfect storm, with a record deficit and a man at the helm who now has an excuse to dismantle our social safety net. And the Canada we once had will be no more.
I feel like Marlon Brando, in On the Waterfront:
We coulda had class. We coulda been a contender. We coulda been somebody ...