After staying up until 3am pointlessly watching numbers minutely shift from party column to party column, and eventually coming to terms with the not-quite-worst result that Harper has another minority government… I woke up to these statistics that I found even more distressing:
Tuesday’s federal poll revealed an electorate that seemed apathetic in terms of who should lead the country, with voter turnout appearing to be the lowest in the history of Confederation.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservatives won a second minority government.
But with just under 60 per cent of the votes counted at 2 a.m. ET Wednesday, turnout hovered around 59 per cent. That figure was slightly below the lowest turnout recorded in 2004 at 60.9 per cent when Paul Martin’s Liberals won a minority government.
Only two years ago, 64.7 per cent of Canadians went to the polls, also giving Stephen Harper’s Conservatives a minority government.
That means about 10 million Canadians were too lazy or apathetic to vote. That’s really sad.
So now, here we are again, a $300 million cost of an election later, with the same minority Conservative government we had yesterday. A fun fact for fun economic times!
At least I can take comfort that I am currently in Quebec, the land Harper couldn’t manipulate. It’s very much thanks to Quebecers that this isn’t a Harper majority, so I thank my ex-provincial neighbours and will reward you by giving some money to your economy this afternoon.