Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff waves next to his wife Zsuszanna Zsohar on stage while speaking to supporters. (Mike Cassese/Reuters)
Conservatives set to form majority, NDP poised to form opposition
The NDP appeared certain to form the country’s official opposition for the first time in the party’s history, coming in second to the reigning Conservatives, whose long-running quest to attain a majority government got off to a strong start in Atlantic Canada and elsewhere in Monday’s federal election.
With all 308 ridings reporting, the Tories were leading or had won 167 seats — well past the 155 needed for a majority — and the NDP were leading or had won 104 ridings. A decimated Liberal Party was on track to win just 33 seats, and the Bloc were poised to dwindle to just three.