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Perky ‘Canada’ Conservatives Nab Jewish Voters

Once-reliable Liberal-leaners help Tories in key districts

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MP Irwin Cotler, one of the few Jewish Liberals left standing.(Irwin Cotler)

On Tuesday, Canada’s Conservative Party, led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, achieved its first parliamentary majority since the 1980s. It won 167 of 308 seats, trounced the Liberals (led by prominent American Canadian intellectual Michael Ignatieff, they came in a distant third to the National New Democratic Party), and held the Bloc Québécois to four seats (a far cry from the power it was once predicted they would achieve in the Year of the Depend Adult Undergarment).

Throughout his previous term, Harper hammered his the Liberals for alleged anti-Israel positions in an effort to pull more votes from the generally Liberal-favoring, 350,000-strong Jewish community. And it appears to have worked: The Conservatives held several seats and even won some more in heavily Jewish districts, including ones in which the incumbent Liberals were Jews (two of these went down to Jewish Tories). Even Liberal Irwin Cotler, probably the highest-profile Jewish politician in Canada—who represents Montreal’s Mont Royal neighborhood—escaped only with the closest victory of his career.

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Earlier: Canada PM Harper Continues Drive for Jewish Vote

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That’d be the “New Democratic Party”. And Mont-Royal (Mount Royal) is a comfortable-to-affluent inner-suburban West End Jewish enclave–the kind of place a young Mordechai Richler would have dreamed of one day moving out to, from his gritty, working-class urban home turf further east.

Marcia Almey says:

I’m a Canadian and Dan is quite right. It’s the NEW Democratic Party, and it stands for social democracy. And he’s right about Mont-Royal as well.

Marc Tracy says:

@my bad! correcting …

ralph says:

the liberals lost for a number of reasons. one was their lack of any true liberal policies. they have lost their way. next their policies for canada are no longer relevant or make sense. three, they do not, repeat do not stand up for israel. they lie about israel and support every un motion against it.in the un they appease the arab vote. there is nothing moral, liberal or economically sensible about their platform. this is why they lost my 30 yr plus voting loyalty. israel came third in my vote reconning. and the conservatives won on all accounts. the ndp as they are called. is loonie. they hid their loony left in the closet and will bring them out on the first day possible.

do not get me wrong. the left has in the past made many valid points. and offered many insightful analysis’s. however today they are in the desert where they seem to want to live. perhaps they have to wonder about for 40 yrs until the current generation dies off.

read BHL for his very insightful analysis on how the left lead itself intro a dead end and does not know how to get out. like the bee in the glass bottle will always fly to the closed end facing the sun and not even look for the open end. even if it flies toward the light and yells for all to see how correct its flight is, it is doomed because that way there is no way out. there are no answers. only wrong actions and prescriptions.

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Perky ‘Canada’ Conservatives Nab Jewish Voters

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