Tuesday, May 03, 2011

DAY AFTER

So  -- you know what usually goes down the day after the baseball or football season, when the general managers clean house and fire their head coaches or managers? That's the kind of day it's been in Canadian politics. Last night Gilles Duceppe resigned as Bloc leader after he lost both his seat and entire party on election night. This morning, Michael Ignatieff resigned as Liberal leader after losing his Etobicoke-Lakeshore seat.

In fact, it was a big changeover throughout Toronto and the GTA, with 30 Tories winning seats. It was a runaway.

I didn't think that was even possible. I guess times really are a-changin' in the land of Mayor Rob Ford. That Ford win last fall was no fluke occurence.

So many big names lost all over Canada that it's too many to name: Ken Dryden, Joe Volpe, Ruby Dhalla, Marc Garneau, Mark Holland... the whole list of what happened to the big names is here.

UPDATE: Ahem. It turned out the projections were wrong and Garneau kept his seat after all. But Martha Hall Findlay got the boot; so did Helena Guergis, and Ujjal Dosangh, and a whole whack of other people. Big bloodbath.

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