Stephen Harper’s Conservatives have won enough seats in the 2011 federal election to form a majority government.
The NDP will form the official Opposition for the first time, and it appears the party is set to more than double the number of seats it holds.
At 7:50 p.m., the Conservatives were leading in 164 ridings, the NDP 103, Liberals 32, the Bloc 4, and the Greens 1.
In the month before election day (May 2), Harper asked Canadians to give him a majority, repeatedly raising the prospect of a coalition government led by the Liberals and then the invigorated NDP.
The election campaign saw Jack Layton’s NDP take support away from both Michael Ignatieff’s Liberals and Gilles Duceppe’s Bloc Québécois.
Poll after poll showed the NDP’s popular support surpass the Liberals’ nationally and the Bloc’s in Quebec for the first time in history.
A Nanos Research poll conducted on the final weekend of the campaign put the Conservatives at 37.1 percent in popular support, the NDP at 31.6 percent, the Liberals at 20.5, the Bloc at 5.7 percent, and the Greens at 3.8 percent.
At the dissolution of Parliament, the Conservatives had 143 seats in the House of Commons, the Liberals 77, the Bloc Québécois 47, and the NDP 36.
Two seats were held by independents and three seats were vacant.
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