The by-election tally -

The by-election tally

The final numbers on a good night for the Liberals


As noted last night, the cumulative vote share for Toronto Centre, Bourassa, Brandon-Souris and Provencher in 2011 looked like this.

Conservatives 39.6%
NDP 26.7%
Liberals 25.5%
Greens 3.9%

Here now, with all results in, is how the vote went in the four by-elections (with percentage point changes in brackets).

Liberals 43.0% (+14.5)
Conservatives 28.2% (-11.4)
NDP 21.6% (-5.1)
Greens 3.5% (-0.4)

Eric Grenier, meanwhile, looks at how Forum’s polling fared.


The by-election tally

  1. henry d thoreau – civil disobedience:

    All voting is a sort of gaming, like checkers or backgammon, with a slight moral tinge to it, a playing with right and wrong, with moral questions; and betting naturally accompanies it. The character of the voters is not staked. I cast my vote, perchance, as I think right; but I am not vitally concerned that that right should prevail. I am willing to leave it to the majority. Its obligation, therefore, never exceeds that of expediency. Even voting for the right is doing nothing for it. It is only expressing to men feebly your desire that it should prevail. A wise man will not leave the right to the mercy of chance, nor wish it to prevail through the power of the majority. There is but little virtue in the action of masses of men.

    • Translation: HMCS Harper is sinking like a stone, and jolyon will be watching from the prow, wiping away a single manly tear.

  2. You might want to double-check your math.

    • you need to be more specific, Wherry is a math is hard type.

      • Libs are up 17.5%, not 14.5%.

  3. As I said in an earlier post a week ago, to understand Trudeau, you have to go back to the night of the boxing match, as I said then, the more you go after Trudeau, the more he comes back. When Trudeau showed up on a twitter picture last night having a spare after the final push, I new he had in the bag. Trudeau is not a corrupt leader and was never questioned about corruption. Canadians don’t take lightly to corruption, whether it was 17 years ago, or just back in December. Trudeau is genuine and honest, and also has integrity that Harper and Mulcair just don’t have and never will.

    • What does “to have a spare” mean?

      • The spelling police are at it again(SPAR), is that O K with you. do you need the definition. one on one with a boxing partner, not an opponent

        • Why are you getting snippy? I had the same question and was wondering if you were on about bowling or if maybe “spare” was some new urban slang.

          Spelling isn’t just a nicety when people can’t actually understand what you’re saying. Frank was doing you a favour by asking you to clarify.

          • Because I think its petty. if I didn’t understand the comment, I would try to read between the lines or I wouldn’t comment at all. Yes, it does bug me when someone tries to correct my spelling. and im not being no snippier than you are sir. I just wanted you to know sir, im not a highly skilled individual when it comes to having an education or writing skills, ive had to teach myself along the way in life. im getting better, but im still making small spelling mistakes. you sir seem to be very skilled in your writing and your ability to question someone who spells bad, and you should be educated enough to understand, maybe everyone is not like you. most comments I write here, most people seem to read between the lines and never criticize my spelling, its just some are too primadonna to overlook.

          • I didn’t understand your original comment either. And, Frank Talk asked a civil question that could have been given a civil answer.

          • I too was confused by your “spare” reference. A simple answer to a simple question was all that was needed here. I would never have guessed your actual intent, without the correction.

          • It is okay root canal. Sometimes people just make typing errors. If the spelling police bother you, just say: “there, they’re, their, calm down now!” or something like that. Paul Wells is known to put them in their place that way.

          • I didn`t understand you either.

          • Sorry, dude, didn’t mean to tick you off, honestly wasn’t following your point. You don’t seem to spell badly so I thought there was reference I wasn’t getting.

      • Probably means he was smoking his spare joint.

    • Going back to that match, you might remember that Trudeau wore a temporary Katimavik tattoo on his arm. Personally, I think the petty cancellation of the Katimavik program stuck in JT’s craw and put in motion his decision to run for the leadership.
      Wouldn’t it be funny if Harper lost his omnipotent majority due to that cancellation? No more invoking closure. No more omnibus bills. No more in camera committees. All because Harper had to dig the knife in and give it a twist.