Canadian Federal Election 43 is over. Too bad the misinformation about it isn't over as well. Unfortunately, that likely will not end. Ever. No party achieved a majority of seats, with the Liberal Party of Justin Trudeau coming the closest with 157, thirteen short of the magic number.
The Conservative Party certainly made gains, from 99 on election night last time to 121 this time. But that is still regarded as a huge failure considering the problems the Liberals worked themselves into and the single-issue campaign of Trudeau Must Go. It seems to be everyone's fault except theirs and Andrew Scheer's, according to their messaging.
Jagmeet Singh did prevent a New Democratic Party wipeout, if just barely. The Orange Wave of 2011 has drained completely. But it appears the rookie leader did establish his brand in a favourable light with Canadians overall.
The Green Wave simply did not happen, despite unprecedented attention given to Elizabeth May and the Green Party of Canada. The big question going forward is whether it is time for a change in leadership, with a certain victorious independent MP's name being mentioned by more than a few.
The Bloc is back, big time. Yves-Francois Blanchet has taken a fractured party and made a real power broker in this new Parliament, to the chagrin of most in the Rest of Canada. Scavenging from all three national parties, the BQ is now again the political will of Quebec in Ottawa.
Oh yeah, au revoir Maxime. Take your racist gang with you.
The View Up Here completes the Federal Election Sandwich, with Stephen Lautens returning to discuss and examine the results of our exercise in democracy and what may come next after last week's episode that tried to decipher a campaign like none Canada has ever seen before. Hey, we were so enlightening before the vote, why not take another stab at it? At least that's our official statement on things. Honest.