The departed -

The departed


An unofficial tally of Liberal, NDP, Conservative and independent incumbents defeated last night.

Liberals. Anita Neville, Ujjal Dosanjh, Sukh Dhaliwal, Larry Bagnell, Todd Russell, Siobhan Coady, Mike Savage, Jean-Claude D’Amours, Brian Murphy, Marlene Jennings, Bernard Patry, Pablo Rodriguez, Lise Zarac, Marcel Proulx, Anthony Rota, Glen Pearson, Ken Dryden, Joe Volpe, Yasmin Ratansi, Rob Oliphant, Alan Tonks, Gerard Kennedy, Borys Wrzesnewskyj, Michael Ignatieff, Navdeep Bains, Paul Szabo, Ruby Dhalla, Andrew Kania, Bonnie Crombie, Maria Minna, Michelle Simson, John Cannis, Mark Holland, Dan McTeague, Martha Hall Findlay, Mario Silva, Gurbax Malhi.

New Democrats. Jim Maloway and Tony Martin

Conservatives. Dona Cadman, Gary Lunn, Lawrence Cannon, Sylvie Boucher, Daniel Petit, Josee Verner and Jean-Pierre Blackburn.

Independents. Andre Arthur and Helena Guergis


The departed

  1. With all those big name losses, do the Libs have anyone left other than maybe Rae or Trudeau to take over the leadership?

    • Dominic Leblanc

    • LeBlanc kept his seat

    • Dion still has his seat!

      But my money would be on LeBlanc.

  2. "….Glen Pearson, Ken Dryden…"

    It has made my morning to find out these two insufferably earnest clowns lost last night. Well done electorate.

    I think it would have been quicker to tell us who remains in Libs caucus, Wherry. What big names remain to take on leadership?

    • Can't agree with you there my friend. I like politicians that think in full sentences.

      In that spirit, I hope Michael Chong has a prominent place on the front bench in the coming Parliament.

      • Agreed. Pearson was one of the good guys. Sorry to see he lost.

      • "I like politicians that think in full sentences."

        Me too. Just think you are being incredibly generous in describing those two as being capable of thinking in full sentences.

    • Absolutely. I'm so glad Pearson is gone. And Dryden is also insufferable. Insufferable is the perfect word. Also glad to see the departure of that shyster Volpe. Dosanjh is also insufferable, goodbye to him.

  3. Ignatieff has now resigned as leader. He seems like a good, decent, thoughtful fellow who just chose the wrong line of work. The teaching profession will be bolstered by his return. Best wishes to him, where-ever he lands.

    • This faux-collegiality is kinda disappointing. If you tear a guy down you don't get to say 'good guy' after he's vanquished. What Harper said last night about Iggy is what you have to say when you win, but no one believes he meant it.

    • I think bad timing / bad choice of team (not that there was a more appropriate team available to him, but please bear with me) more than a bad choice of line of work. I think Ignatieff performed very well on the campaign trail, but there was just no market for what he was selling anymore.

    • Clown Shoes jokes!

  4. Very sad to see Siobhan Coady and Marlene Jennings lose. Some of the others, too…

    But a lot of the names in that list are the sorts of Liberals I'm not sad to see go (the slimy, anything-for-power types who have turned the party into a never-ending series of sponsorship and other scandals). If the Liberals are ever to rebuild, they'll be much better off with this cleaned-out caucus.

    Some surprisingly important names in the Conservative list as well.

    • If I lived in Volpe's riding I'd be having champagne for breakfast.

      • it certainly doesn't reflect well on them that he stuck around for so long.

      • Agreed, absolutely.

  5. Hope that Mr Harper will make good use of his much coveted majority government

  6. There are some names on that Liberal list that shouldn't be there. And quite a few I'm really happy to see go. And a few I *WISH* were on that list, including my own MP. I'm actually glad they lost most of their big names. They need new membership and leadership that makes a decisive break from their old-guard, which is definitely the most problematic and unappealing element of their party.

  7. So sad that Glen Pearson lost his seat – he really was a stand-up guy who went beyond partisanship.

    Whoever doesn't think that every vote counts, take a look at Etobicoke Centre.
    Incumbent Liberal Borys Wrzesnewskyj lost his seat by 26 votes, with 52630 people voting.
    Those stray Liberals who could not be bothered to vote must be kicking themselves…

    • Forget the Liberals who didn't vote, what about the Liberals who jumped on the orange wave because they didn't think there was much chance of the candidate who won the riding last time by 15-25 points losing. I have little sympathy for voters who are too apathetic to vote.

      I do feel kinda bad for people who swam in the orange wave and only got a blue rash for their troubles though. My riding was won by a Tory with the support of 19.4% of eligible voters, and the lowest vote total in the history of the riding. Not to diminish the accomplishment of the Tories, but if we all re-voted today, I'm CERTAIN they'd lose seats, and maybe even their majority.

      • You needed better organization at the party level then.

      • If we re-voted today I`m sure we would have a larger majority.
        For example, In PEI they sent 3 of their 4 MP`s to Ottawa as members of the third party, the Liberals.
        I think if they had another chance they would prefer more of their MP`s as part of the government.

        • Yeah, but a lot of Ontario, the West, and Atlantic Canada would swing dramatically from Lib to NDP. But some would also swing to CPC, so it's hard to know what would actually happen.

        • Sure, but in plenty of ridings the NDP surge let the Tories come up the middle and eke out a win. The NDP candidate in my riding DOUBLED her vote total from the last election and STILL came in third, essentially electing a Tory who recieved the support of 19.4% of eligible voters.. You're completely correct Blue that my impression may be coloured by the peculiarities of my own riding, but I'm certain that my riding would flip if we held the vote again today, knowing what everyone now knows.

          That said, I kinda regret making the point now, as I really didn't mean to degrade the accomplishment of the Tories. Plus, I mean, in PLENTY of elections I imagine the results might change dramatically if the vote were re-held the next day. FPTP is weird that way.

          • Myself I'm a big fan of run-off elections- take the top two from each riding and run the off a week later, sort of like French Presidential elections. This way, at the very least, a majority is guaranteed in each riding. I think it would have definitely put a check on Chretien in the 1990's but I have to agree with Blue that many Grits were not prepared to see the Dippers take power- many Grit votes would have gone to the Conservatives.

  8. As a BCer, I'm very sorry for the loss of Dosanjh, even though you could see that one coming. I found him to be very grounded, hardworking, and free of pretence…and it was fun watching him in interviews because he could never be baited into getting defensive or polarizing. He had a very disarming presence about him, something that we could really use more of with Harper in power.

  9. On the plus side, I can see the NDP pushing for electoral reform. On the minus side, the Tory majority will just ignore them.

  10. many Grits were not prepared to see the Dippers take power- many Grit votes would have gone to the Conservatives.

    True. As I said above, I think I was focusing too much on my own riding with my argument. In my riding, it's pretty clear what happened, especially since the 2011 candidates were the same as the 2008 candidates.

    Here's what happened in my riding vote-wise 2008-2011:

    CPC: +2313
    NDP: +5432
    LIB: -5852

    The Liberal candidate went from winning by 7000 to losing by 1300. Even if every vote the Tories picked up in my riding came from the Liberals, it wouldn't have been enough to elect a Tory without a SIGNIFICANT orange crush.

    The again, my riding is weird in that it was almost a perfect 3-way split (13,401 – 12,075 – 11,273). My new Tory MP got elected with the support of less than 20% of eligible voters.

  11. How do you suppose it feels when you're the Minister of Foreign Affairs, your party FINALLY gets a majority government, and…

    • :)

  12. I think the problem, from the beginning, was that the Liberals picked a right-leaning hawkish liberal to lead them, and then tried to lean to the left and steal away NDP votes instead of trying to eat away at Tory votes. Not that that would have worked either, but I've often thought that Ignatieff's problem was that he's a blue Liberal, and he was trying to lead a red charge.

  13. No, I don't think that was what did it.

  14. I'm certain they knew that before they voted

  15. Then again… Rob Anders.

  16. So sad for Scarborough Center. We have a three time loser now a the helm all because the votes were split between the Liberal and NDP candidates. She is just there for the pay cheque because she hasn't had one in years.