Final Standings – 76 LIB – 143 CON – 37 NDP – 0 GREEN - 50 BLOC - 2 OTHER
The Leaders: Harper Re-elected – Dion Re-elected – Layton Re-elected – May Defeated- Duceppe Re-elected
6:51 – The blog lives! And less than ten minutes before CBC’s election coverage starts. I think that shows the lack of preparation and forethought that will become the hallmark of this Internet adventure. Fitting.
And now, the search for themes begins.
6:59 – WE HAVE AN A ELECTION! Peter Mansbridge didn’t even get through his little introduction rhyme without making fun of Harper’s sweatervests. It sounded like Dr Seuss wrote it.
Also, Mansbridge’s head is like a shining beacon of democracy.
7:04 – 22 Minutes was interviewing Dion, and he was wearing aviators! He looked like professor fighter pilot! I would like to change my vote.
7:13 – I was elated when they said that George Stroumboulopoulos had the night off. They actually just meant that The Hour had it off, and old Stroumby is handing out “Darts and Laurels” to the individual candidates. It’s like thumbs up/thumbs down, but far more awkward to say. Still painful.
Although saying that Australia’s Prime Minister ripped off Harper’s speech three days before he made it. I’ll give you that one, Stroumboulopoulos.
7:19 – NEWSFLASH: Young people use Facebook and Twitter! Thanks CBC.
I need a drink.
7:20 – I got a drink.
7:23 – Airfarce takes the stage. Mike Otto :” Bring back Dave Broadfoot.” I concur.
7:30 – Results! Here it comes from Atlantic Canada!
17 LIB – 10 CON – 5 NDP – 1 BLOC – 1 OTHER
The Liberals were the big losers in Atlantic Canada, it looks like. Lost three seats, which left the Conservatives, the NDP and an Indy to pick up one more each over last year.
Elizabeth May didn’t even come close to kicking Peter McKay out. Not even a contest in Central Nova. Ouch.
7:37 – CBC’s commercial buffers are really dark, panning night shots with a very foreboding music. I think Christopher Nolan directed this election.
7:40 – Mike Kendrick: “McGarvey looks likes that guy from the Full Monty.”
7:42 – The CBC definitely wins the contest of the graphics. CTV’s Global’s vote total counter looks like it was designed for a freeware program.
7:47: Conservatives and Liberals are now in a dead heat. Predicted at 41 seats a piece.
7:48: That was out-of-date before I even saved it. Conservatives are ahead now.
7:49: Liberals down almost EIGHT points in Ontario. Jesus.
Thanks to the technology on loan from the CFL broadcasts, they can now draw on their charts with big, thick yellow lines.
Thanks Peter. Without those little yellow lines, I would have NO IDEA where the Liberal votes went. I know that the Cons, NDP and Green all gained, but no way I could make the connection.
7:55 – It’s an early poll, and therefore meaningless, but right now Edmonton – Leduc is leaning NDP with a slim lead. That’s surprising to say the least.
7:57 – Jim Prentice is coasting into an easy win in Calgary-North. Not at all surprising, but it is still disappointing.
8:00 – Polls closed in BC. Now comes the counting. The endless counting.
8:04 – The Edmonton – Leduc anomaly is fixed – solid Conservative win predicted. But right now, Con Jaffer and NDP Duncan are in a DEAD HEAT in my personal riding, Edmonton- Strathcona.
8:06 – CBC has officially predicted a Conservative minority. No surprise. Guest Reporter Brittany LeBlanc confirms the Canadian Press is saying the same thing. At this time of writing, Cons have 118 projected seats.
8:12: More from Brittany Brittney – Harper and Dion both re-elected.
8:27: Layton re-lected easily. Also, I’m quickly losing steaming.
8:28: Wendy Mesley just lost in on air when talking about the Bloc. She sounded like Micheal Geist for a bit there.
8:30: Fortier is owned by the Bloc. Looks like Harper will be sending him back to the Senate.
8:33: Fixed the name of this post. “Living Blogging the Election?” Good job, Scott. Good job.
8:34: Update on Edmonton-Strathcona: Con – 3945 NDP – 3180
Also, close, close race in Sherwood Park between Acceptable Right Wing Uppal – 1384 vs Crazy Right Wing Ford – 1410.
8:42: As the Conservatives gain more seats, I find that my drinks contain more rye and less Coke. Further study into this phenomenon is needed.
8:46: CBC is predicting a minority government for Harper. I’m predicting that Rick Mercer wears out his Blackberry keyboard before the game is done. He is intense into that shit.
8:52: Up until this point, CBC’s election coverage didn’t have close to enough shots of the back of Jim Flaherty’s neck. Thanks for rectifying that one, cameraman. I’m glad that my tax dollars paid for your on-the-job training.
8:59: Baird’s back. Idiot.
9:04: Strathcona update: Looks like it’s going to be Jaffer. He’s up 10,874 to Duncan’s 9,576. Le sigh.
9:10: CBC finally gets around to talking about the Uppal/Ford battle. Must have run out of ridings to discuss in Ontario.
9:12: I’ve decided to follow Dan Rather’s lead. Scott +4. Look it up.
9:13: CBC is talking about Twitter. An indepth analysis of TWITTER STATISTICS! This is intense. Also, best headline ever – “Tweets Dump on Dion.”
9:26- Results aren’t shifting too much, so updates are going to slow down a little bit. I’ve got a midterm tomorrow that I need to study for, and I’m already +5. Will update with any big developments, or if CBC tries to understand the Internet again.
9:31: Mike Otto is taking over as guest live blogger for a bit. He’s emotionally fragile, so be gentle with him.
9:33: Yes while Lilwall is “studying” I’ll keep you updated. By you I mean Brittney, because honestly who else is reading this. SHOUT OUT! Peter has a phone call. It’s for some senator. Also Linda Duncan is narrowing the gap and I remain optimistic.
9:35: Scott: I haven’t even closed the window, and I’m already regretting the Mike Otto Experiment.
9:39: Mike: Jaffer’s lead has been consistently narrowing. 1200, 1100, 1000, 900. Now down to 700. I’m at half mast.
9:41: Mike: Jaffer’s party is at the Ranch? What the hell? Who is this guy? Is he catering to the douchebag-motherfucker demographic?
9:43: Scott: Hope remains. Duncan is closing the gap in Edmonton- Strathcona, and she’s now within 550 votes. May the floors of The Ranch run slick with tears. (The Ranch, seriously?)
9:49: Mike: Quebec’s language is French? THATS UNPOSSIBLE. (Thanks Gilles)
9:53: Mike: CBC is pretty much ignoring the fact that the NDP is owning shit. I am told they had 29 seats last time around, +9 is an impressive gain.
10:01: Mike: The NDP speech cliché cache ’stache: ordinary families check, kitchen table check, boardroom table check, ordinary working families again, ordinary working canadians, real economy, blah blah mwah mwah. UN LEADER SOLIDE!
10:07: Mike: Okay we’re going to play Diplomacy and kill each other. Conclusion: Liberals shit pants, Conservatives/NDP pick up the slack. Green shift? More like blue/orange shift.
10:10: Mike: Super reportress Jen Huygen says Duncan and Jaffer are one vote apart. If she is lying we are no longer friends.
10:20: Mike: Elections Canada reports Duncan on top by 400. I am now fully erect.
11:10: Peter Mansbridge doesn’t understand melancholy?
11:12: Linda Duncan is now up after the Journal reports Jaffer giving his victory speech. Only three polls remain, she leads by 430. Thanks for mentioning it CBC.
Sober thoughts the morning after (Mike): In conclusion, Liberals fail, NDP/Conservatives succeed. Greens sadly still irrelevant. Linda Duncan defeats Jaffer by 442 votes. Congratulations Linda, you get the job of representing all the Liberals, Greens, and NDP folk in the province. CBC fails in spectacular fashion by calling a Jaffer victory, then completely ignoring the biggest upset in the election for a solid hour. Conservatives still have a minority, so thanks Harper, thanks for wasting our time. We’ll see you again in six months.