Canadians are the biggest losers in the 2021 federal election. At a cost of over $600 million and the disruption of our lives for over a month, we find ourselves almost where we started.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was accused of holding the election about nothing and the results are reflecting that.
We are tired, divided, and frustrated, and it all seems to have served no purpose. It is surprising how the 2021 election results are similar to the 2019 results.
While he remains in a minority government, Trudeau won’t need to fear losing a vote of confidence any time soon. Even if a clear mandate to govern was not given, the Canadian people would not be put up with being sent to re-election anytime soon.
Trudeau Is However, and must quickly consolidate its leadership. While the Liberal Party remains in power, insiders cannot be happy with the failure to grab a majority government in this election. The blame will fall on Trudeau and many party members will not want to give him another kick on the election cat. While another election may not be imminent immediately, it is likely to come within two years. Those within the Liberal Party who want a new leader are going to take action to oust him as soon as possible. Trudeau will keep his party completely loyal.
Regionally, the nation is as divided as ever. Although this election campaign did not have as much intra-regional vitriol as before, the results showed a clear territorial division within Canada. The Prairies became almost entirely Conservative, while the rest of the country became predominantly Liberal. Bloc Québécois remains strong within Quebec, and internal BC has shunned liberals.
Conservative leader Erin O’Toole held his ground, but alienated most of his base as he campaigned for a settlement in central Canada in hopes of making a breakthrough, which never materialized.
Small-C conservatives want to move the party back to traditional conservative values, while O’Toole supporters want the party to maintain the line. Many may be asking what the point of practicality was if you didn’t move the dial.
Like every other party, the seat count for Jagmeet Singh’s NDP did not change much. NDP supporters hoping for a return to the heyday of Jack Layton are certainly disappointed but the party has held its own. The federal NDP is not inclined to overthrow its own leaders as is the case with conservative parties. Leo can choose to move on or move on. Unlike other leaders, the choice will be his.
The PPC failed to win a single seat and this would make their survival difficult in the years to come. He influenced the results but did not garner enough votes to be blamed solely for the Liberal victory. He established a solid base of support and stunned the nation with his speed. That said, it is hard to be in the limelight without a seat in Parliament. Their support is mainly based on the movement to oppose the COVID-19 restrictions, and they will need to extend their appeal beyond this or the support level becomes a hard limit for them. They made inroads, yet they could not survive as a permanent party. Time will tell.
Annie Paul of the Green Party failed to win her own seat. I doubt she will step down as leader soon. He was treated badly by his own party and he will not have a seat anchor to secure his position. With a few seats in parliament and an established brand, the Green Party will stick to a new leader and maintain its position in politics. Elizabeth May won her seat and she fell short of Paul’s support.
No one can say, looking at the 2021 election, that it was a good thing for Canada. There really was no winner. Every leader is now in a vulnerable position within his party. No new approaches were put forward in the campaign to be embraced or rejected by Canadians. We don’t feel a sense of renewal or new direction, we just feel exhausted and hopeless and feel like it wasn’t everything.
The 2021 election will go down as a $600 million stalemate. What a great waste of resources, both fiscal and emotional.
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