The Canadian federal election of 2011 in review

On May 11, 2011, the Conservative Party of Canada won the general election of 2011 to earn a majority government.  Stephen Harper’s Conservative party formed the 41st Parliament of Canada.  The Conservatives captured 166 seats, New Democrats 103,  Liberals 34, Bloc Québécois 4, and the Green Party 1.  Of the Canadians who voted, they felt it was time for Conservatives to have full control over the country.


Source:  Stephen Harper

The main campaign issues  in 2011 were crime and law enforcement, national defence policy, economy and fiscal policy, electoral reform and public trust.  The Conservatives gained a total of 23 seats from 2008.  The last majority victory for the Conservative government was in 1988, when Brian Mulroney defeated Liberal leader John Turner and NDP leader Ed Broadbent.


Source:  Canadian Federal Election of 2011

The other parties

Jack Layton and the NDP increased their presence in the House of Commons by gaining 67 seats, mostly from the Bloc Québécois.  The 2011 election was a landmark achievement for the NDP, who formed the Official Opposition for the first time in Canadian political history.  Interestingly, Bloc leader Gilles Duceppe resigned from politics after losing his seat in his home riding, while his party suffered a loss of 43 seats.


Source: Jack Layton

All the while, the Liberal Party of Canada had lost 43 seats in the election becoming third-party status.  Much of the Liberal seats had gone Conservative, especially in Ontario.  Jean Chretien’s departure devastated the Liberal party.  A series of leadership changeovers , Paul Martin (2003-2006), Bill Graham (2006), Stéphane Dion (2006-2008), and Michael Ignatieff (2008-2011), ruined the image and reputation of the party at the polls.  It becomes clear that between 2003 and 2011, the Liberals were in disarray.


Source: Michael Ignatieff

Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party, was elected to represent the party in the House of Commons.  The 2011 election was a milestone for the party, which had its first elected member sit at the House of Commons.


Source: Elizabeth May


Facebook analystics shows that 5.6M people have expressed in interest in the Conservative Party in Canada, 2.2M for the Liberals, 1.4M for the NDP, 245k for the Green Party, and 135k for the Bloc Québécois.

Conservative  Liberal NDPGreenbloc

Voter participation


How do you think Stephen Harper and the Conservative Party of Canada have done since May 2011?  Do the Liberals and NDP have a chance to win at the next general election?  Let me know in the comments below.


3 thoughts on “The Canadian federal election of 2011 in review

  1. If you watch the documentary, Canada: Our Bought and Sold Out Land on YouTube, you’ll find that Elizabeth May, her political positions aside, is the only one who is speaking out against the banking cartels and the same people Ron Paul rails on. But she’s the environmentalist kook so nobody gives her a second look.


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