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Little changes as Canada votes

On November 4, Americans will make their picks for the presidential ticket, members of the House and some Senators, plus state and local contests. U.S. voters are often faced with ballot initiatives too. Voters across Canada yesterday were only making one direct choice: a single vote for their local member of Parliament. But it was a vote to determine the next prime minister. Conservatives won enough of those races to return Stephen Harper to the post But Harper still fell short of the 155 seats needed to form a majority government. Ottawa correspondent Lucy Martin has more.  Go to full article

Canadians Vote For Change

Stephen Harper says Canada "has voted for change." Canadians have chosen to end 12 years of Liberal rule, and give a minority Conservative government led by Harper a chance. The prime minister in waiting said he'll govern for all Canadians, not just for those who voted Tory. Harper says his top priority is to clean up government by making it more accountable to taxpayers. Although Canadians have given power to the Conservatives, voters are keeping them on a short leash. Harper will lead a minority government with 124 seats. Liberals will have 103. The Bloc Quebecois got 51 seats, and the NDP won 29 -- 10 more than the last election. Martha Foley spoke with Dr. Robert Thacker, chairman of the Canadian Studies Department at St. Lawrence University, about the vote, and its likely consequences.  Go to full article

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