It's Wednesday, October 15th.
Stephen Harper has won another minority government.
Currently, and Conservatives from coast-to-coast are once more rejoicing ... "Eighteen more months! Eighteen more months! Eighteen more months!"
This is the Current.
Conservative - Record Panel
Canadians woke up this morning to a world that looks an awful lot like it did 37 days ago, Stephen Harper is still our Prime Minister. And Canada's 40th Parliament will be a minority, just like the 39th. But the more things stay the same, the more they change. The Conservatives just barely missed a majority, after holding their own in Atlantic Canada and handing the Liberals a severe beating in Ontario. Even the fact that they largely missed the mark in Quebec -- didn't stop them from picking up 14 seats nationwide.
In his acceptance speech last night, if Stephen Harper was disappointed that he did not get a majority government, he did not let on.
In this part we we're joined by Tim Powers, a Conservative Party strategist. He was in Toronto. And we brought someone else into the discussion. Barbara McDougall was Secretary of State for External Affairs in the Mulroney government during the early 1990s and is now an advisor at the law firm of Aird and Berlis in Toronto. We reached Ms. McDougall at home in Toronto.
Liberals - Panel One
It wasn't all that long ago that the Liberal Party was known as Canada's "natural governing party." But this morning, all the diminished expectations in the world can't hide the fact that it's a tough day to be a Liberal, especially if you're Stephane Dion.
For their thoughts on where he and the Liberal Party can and should go from here, Anna Maria was joined by Martha Hall Findlay. She's a Liberal MP who won her seat in Toronto on October 14th. And Lloyd Axworthy is a former Liberal Foreign Affairs Minister. He's now the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg.
Liberals - Future of the Party
For more about what the election results mean for Stephane Dion and the Liberal Party, Anna Maria was joined by Peter Donolo. He was the Director of Communications and Chief Communications Strategist for Prime Minister Jean Chretien. He's now a Partner with the polling firm the Strategic Counsel and he was in Toronto.
And Stephen Clarkson teaches Political Economy at the University of Toronto. He's also the author of Big Red Machine: How the Liberal Party Dominates Canadian Politics. He used to be active in the Liberal Party and he's in Toronto too.
The NDP came away with 38 seats last night. That's the best the party has done in 20 years. But it still leaves the party in third place or fourth if you include the Bloc Quebecois. For their thoughts on what lessons the NDP should draw from that, Anna Maria was joined by Libby Davies. She's an New Democratic MP who won her seat in Vancouver on October 14th. And Bill Blaikie was a long-time NDP MP who did not run in this campaign. He was in Winnipeg.
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We also brought some more voices into the discussion. Alexa McDonough is a former NDP leader. And Judy Rebick is the CAW-Sam Gindin Chair in Social Justice and Democracy at Ryerson University.