Thursday, October 11, 2007

In the event, the election was decided within an hour of polls closing, but the real victor is the first-past-the-post system, which flexed its muscle tonight. With roughly 40 percent of the popular vote, the Liberals earned 71 of 107 seats. A referendum on proportional representation is a resounding failure, with just 36% of respondents in favour out of votes currently tallied.

The most gratifying part of the evening, however, is the defeat of Progressive Conservative leader John Tory in his own riding. Tory rooted his campaign in leadership, relying on his slogan "leadership matters", a curious choice given that his campaign consisted in petty criticisms of Premier Dalton McGuinty. This torrid criticism in the absence of any leadership whatsoever instead justifies the slogan "criticism matters". The slogan is an apt one, given that the Tories have an unelected leader and enjoy the role of critic as the Official Opposition in Parliament.

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