Tuesday, May 3, 2011

2011 Canadian Election Results

Canadians (at least 24.3% of them) focus on short-term despite mounting global crises

 2011 FDA Canadian Federal Election Audit Results:

1. Liberal Party of Canada (61.54%) (C)
2. Canadian Action Party (61.2%) (C)
3. New Democratic Party (56.9%) (D+)
4. Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada (51.5%) (D)
5. Green Party of Canada (48.8%) (F)
6. Communist Party of Canada (47.54%) (F)
7. Bloc Quebecois (45.3%) (F)
8. Conservative Party of Canada (43.8%) (F)
9. Christian Heritage Party (40.42%) (F)
10. Progressive Canadian Party (36.7%) (F)
11. United Party of Canada (30.4%) (F)
12. Libertarian Party of Canada 18.2/130 (14%) (F)

2011 Canadian Federal Election Results:

1. Conservative Party of Canada (167 seats won)
2. New Democratic Party of Canada (102 seats won)
3. Liberal Party of Canada (34 seats won)
4. Bloc Quebecois (4 seats won)
5. Green Party (1 seat won)
6. Independent (no seats won)
7. CHP Canada (no seats won)
8. Marxist-Leninist Party of Canada (no seats won)
9. No Affiliation (no seats won)
10. Libertarian Party of Canada (no seats won)
11. PC Party (no seats won)
12. Rhinoceros (no seats won)
13. Communist Party of Canada (no seats won)
14. Canadian Action Party (no seats won)
15. Radical Marijuana (no seats won)
16. Western Bloc Party (no seats won)
17. United Party (no seats won)
18. FPNP (no seats won)
Source: Elections Canada

Analysis:

The Conservative Party of Canada received a failing grade by the FDA of 43.8%, and yet with only 24.3% support of the Canadian public received a majority government.

The Conservative Party policy platform focused on the short-term with strong economy and taxation policies, but very weak environment, health, education, democracy reform, and arts and culture policies, and weak vision for Canada. Moreover, Harper has an average background (59% FDA score) for the role of leading the Canadian federal government.

The three top parties in the election results, Conservative Party, NDP, and Liberal Party, had a significant advantage over the other parties in terms of media access, campaign funds, and media coverage.

Considering the unequal media and broadcast coverage of the election, the similarity of the Liberal and Conservative policy approaches, and the NDP's strong case for being the parliamentary opposition over the Liberal Party, the election results are not surprising. The Conservative Party canceled out the Liberal Party, and the NDP took on the role of opposition.

Conclusion:

As established in the FDA electoral fairness report for Canada, the Canadian federal electoral system is very unhealthy, stemming from severe favoritism of parties successful in previous elections and significant unequal political content by the Canadian mainstream media and broadcasters.

As mentioned, only 24.3% of Canadians supported the Conservative Party, and yet the party received a majority government. This situation is problematic, because 75.7% of Canadians do not support the Conservative Party. Further, the Canadian electoral system is significantly unfair, which likely means even more Canadians do not support the Conservative Party (in a more fair system).

Ironically, despite the seriousness of the democracy issue in Canada, the Conservative Party has one of the weakest policies for democracy reform, receiving a FDA policy score of 20%. So it is highly unlikely the Conservative Party will do anything to address electoral unfairness (barring the end of party subsidies).

Canadians will have to live with the Conservative Party and its short-term, status quo outlook, and possible repercussions be they environmental, social, and/or economical.

2 comments:

  1. The repercussions from the Tory victory are unsettling to say the least. The results of this election suggest that Canada's youth warrants their reputation as slacktivists. They could have challenged Harper, instead their inaction handed him a majority government.

    See: http://thegreenmarket.blogspot.com/2011/05/no-reprieve-for-environment-as.html

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  2. The youth vote is only one issue. Other issues which impacted this election result, are the severity of electoral unfairness in the Canadian system, power of the senior's vote (and their tendency to focus on the economy and short-term which the Conservative Party pandered to), Conservative Party canceling out the Liberal Party, and the NDP making a strong case for opposition over the Liberal Party which caved in to the Conservative Party during the last term.

    As you alluded to, the election result is a disaster for the environment, arts and culture, universal health, education, and democracy reform. Moreover, the Conservative Party's hardcore right wing/neo-liberal conservative agenda was somewhat disguised in the party platform, but the agenda will gradually show its face the upcoming years.

    Unfortunately, Canadians like the Americans in 2008, will pay a heavy price for not being more informed and not demanding higher standards in many areas from elected officials.

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Thank you for sharing your perspective.