Tonight, the Canadian voters gave a boost to the ruling Conservative party and while they did not give them an outright majority of seats in the next parliament, it increased from 127 seats to 143 seats.
The election results showed that the Conservatives got about 38% of the national vote and the once powerful Liberal party garnered 26% of the vote. That is good for 77 seats in the next parliament. But, that is a real lowering of seats from 103, a loss of 26 seats. Not all those losses went to the ruling party. Some went to the outright socialist New Democrat party as they increased their numbers from 29 to 37 seats. A good showing for the Canadian far-left.
What the election showed is that Canada wants Conservatives to be in charge. But not total charge. That is why they still do not have the magic number of 155 seats in parliament that would give them an outright majority.
And a lesson for this upcoming election?
That while it is clear that Democrats will gain seats in the senate and the house, the American people may not want to give all power to the Democrats in also handing over the White House.
It has happened before. And sometimes, it happens early. Ask former President Clinton. He had the kind of majority that tried to bring the United States to the left. And, voters did not want to go that far. And the Democrats in charge of congress were showing their arrogance that ended up costing them both chambers of congress.
Americans tend to like divided government. It has been the majority since 1964. And, while it may not be a glamorous way to win the White House, it may be a good tack for the Republican standard-bearer, Sen. John "F--- You" McCain, to take if he has to.
Even with events looking bad for the Canadian Conservatives, they increased their share of the vote and seats in parliament. And maybe, just maybe, it is a good sign for Republicans here in the United States.