A big red wave swept across Canada Monday night as voters opted for change. In a major way.
The federal Liberals, led by Justin Trudeau, will form a majority government after winning 184 seats, compared to 99 for the Conservatives. The NDP finished third with 44 seats, the Bloc Quebecois won 10 seats, and Green leader Elizabeth May captured the lone seat for her party.
The Liberal domination was clear from the moments the polls closed in Eastern Canada as the Liberals won all 33 seats in the Atlantic provinces, setting the stage for the Liberal landslide.
The 43-year-old Trudeau will become Canada’s next prime minister, and the Conservatives will form the Official Opposition, but the Canadian Press is reporting Stephen Harper will be stepping down as party leader.
Voter turnout across the country was close to 68%, the highest since 1993.
VALLEY VOTERS STICK WITH GALLANT
Local voters were also voting red, but not in the Valley.
Conservative incumbent Cheryl Gallant was sent back to the House of Commons for a sixth time by the voters of Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke. Gallant took 45.8% of the vote, with Liberal Jeff Lehoux finishing a little more than 7,500 votes behind, at 32.6%. Independent Hec Clouthier was third with 11% of the vote. Voter turnout in the riding was a little more than 72%.
But the Liberals were the choice of voters in the Pontiac as William Amos is the new MP with 54% of the vote, finishing more than 20,000 votes ahead of NDP incumbent Mathieu Ravignat. Close to 72% of Pontiac voters went to the polls.
Kanata-Carleton also went red with Liberal Karen McCrimmon grabbing 51% of the vote, finishing almost 7,500 votes ahead of Conservative Walter Pamic.
Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston voters re-elected Conservative Scott Reid, with a win of more than 8,000 votes over Liberal Phil Archambault. Perth Mayor John Fenik, representing the NDP in this election, was a distant third.
And Ottawa went with the Trudeau Liberals in 7 of 8 ridings, with only Carleton incumbent Pierre Poilievere retaining a seat for the Conservatives.