Canton, NY, May 03, 2011 — After leading two minority Conservative governments, Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been given what he wanted -- a majority.
A jubilant Harper told cheering supporters in Calgary last night that Canadians can turn the page on the uncertainty of the past seven years, and "focus on building a great future."
The New Democrats will be the official opposition. The longtime opposition party, the Liberals, suffered their worst-ever election showing. And the Bloc Quebecois won only four seats.
With the rise of the social democrat NDP, and the Conservative majority, Canada's political landscape looks even more polarized this morning. Robert Thacker, who teaches in St. Lawrence University's Canadian Studies Department, says voters wanted stability and got it. He spoke with Martha Foley.