There are still lots of mail-in ballots to be counted. But, as of this morning, we are almost exactly where we were when this all started. The Liberals gained three seats, the Dippers gained two, and the Conservatives kept the number of seats they won after the last election.
I offer the following observations:
1. I expected the number of Green votes to fall. I did not expect them to virtually disappear. I make no predictions about the party's future. But, at the moment, it looks dark.
2. I thought the People's Party was a flash in the pan. I was wrong -- although Maxime Bernier appears to be more popular in Saskatchewan than he is in The Beauce.
3. The Bloc Quebecois makes dealing with Quebec -- which is always an issue -- more difficult. I attribute the party's resurgence to Justin's handling of the SNC Lavlin Affair -- and Stephen Harper's majority victory without Quebec support.
4. The divide between urban and rural Canadians continues to grow. In that way, we mirror what is happening in the United States.
5. The marriage of convenience between the Liberals and The Dippers may produce some very significant legislation -- legislation which we will need whenever this pandemic subsides.
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