Conservatives win majority

NDP to form official opposition, while the Bloc and the Liberals suffer devastating blows

Stephen Harper and the Conservatives have won the majority they’ve been pleading for since the start of the election campaign. The night’s other big winners are Jack Layton and the NDP, which will now form official opposition after more than doubling their seat count. The evening’s losers are just as plain to see: the Bloc Québécois has seen its caucus eviscerated by voters, leaving the sovereigntist party with less than 5 MPs after winning 49 seats in the 2008 election. Bloc leader Gilles Duceppe is notably among those who’ve lost their seat. The Liberals, meanwhile, were similarly punished by voters, who’ve cut the party’s caucus to less than half the 77 that were elected in 2008.

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