Good news: The Liberals were re-elected, but with a strong opposition in the NDP.
Bad news: No Green Party candidates were elected. This is not a surprise, but we can always hope.
Good news: There are no numbers yet, but advance signs show voter turnout to be very strong. This is a little inexplicable, in light of the low-key, scandal-free campaign.
Bad news: For NDP candidate Tim Stevenson and Liberal candidate Walter Lloyd Cobb, who are behind in their results by 1 and 13 votes respectively (thanks to Donna for this). Final counts will adjust these numbers, obviously.
Good news: A small consolation for the Greens, in that they held onto the majority of the support they won in 2001. That year, they went from 2% to 12.4%, and in this election have fallen back to 9.1%.
Worst news: Looks like the STV vote won’t make it through, as it’s currently at 57% Yes. I’m not sure what the longterm effect of this will be. Will there be another referendum in 4 years? Will the legislature consider other reforms? Does this type of electoral reform require a referendum?
Ultimately, I’d say the STV got screwed by the current federal government fiasco. The gridlock in the House of Commons probably put the fear of minority governments into a lot of undecided voters.