October 15, 2008 / 2:31 PM / 11 years ago

FACTBOX-Canadian media reaction to election result

OTTAWA, Oct 15 (Reuters) - Following are some of Wednesday’s newspaper commentaries on the results of Canada’s election on Tuesday, when the Conservatives of Prime Minister Stephen Harper won a strengthened minority. The opposition Liberals of Stephane Dion recorded their worst performance since 1984:

GLOBE AND MAIL EDITORIAL

“This was a federal election that was lost, not won. Neither of our parties can be fully satisfied with the results ... neither proved up to the challenge.”

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“The fact that Mr Harper was restricted to another minority government, albeit a marginally stronger one, means that this campaign can only be viewed as a personal defeat.”

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“(Dion) failed miserably ... Mr. Dion should gracefully step aside and allow the next leader to be selected with minimal acrimony.”

TORONTO STAR COLUMNIST CHANTAL HEBERT

“Canadians may have handed Conservative leader Stephen Harper a poisoned chalice. Over the next few years, it will be his dubious honor to steer the country through the first period of deep economic turmoil of the new century.”

NATIONAL POST COMMENTATOR DON MARTIN

“The Conservatives have won a majority in political power, if not in name ... Mr. Harper will have an even weaker Liberal opponent to tackle with even less money to fight back.”

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“Mr Dion cannot last, of course. He may try, insisting he’s no quitter, but if he refuses to quit he will suffer a ... mutiny of caucus.”

MONTREAL GAZETTE EDITORIAL

“Several million Canadians are probably scratching their heads this morning as they look at the day’s headlines and ask themselves, with just a tinge of bitterness, whether it was all worth it.”

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“Harper must find a way to make this Parliament work because if there’s one thing the country can’t afford, it’s another bout of expensive rancor. The House of Commons might look pretty much the same as it looked five weeks ago, but the world certainly doesn’t.”

OTTAWA CITIZEN EDITORIAL:

“We have to reconcile ourselves to the idea that minority governments could be with us for a generation, or longer. This means making minority governments work. We have had three federal elections in four years, a pace that is not sustainable. It is hugely expensive ... Parliamentarians are going to have to hammer out a politics of compromise.”

OTTAWA SUN EDITORIAL

“There is no reason to have another federal election until 2012. Canadians have now gone to the polls three times in four years at a cost of almost C$1 billion ... twice now, Canadians have delivered the verdict that they want Harper as prime minister, but not with a majority. It’s time all parties recognized the reality and got down to work.”

JOURNAL DE MONTREAL EDITORIAL PAGE EDITOR BENOIT AUBIN

“Canadians elected a government which strongly resembles the ‘dysfunctional Parliament’ that Harper dissolved last month on the grounds that it couldn’t be managed ... yesterday’s election reveals a Canada that will undoubtedly be harder to run and keep together.”

LA PRESSE EDITORIAL PAGE EDITOR ANDRE PRATTE:

“A majority of Canadians voted against him (Harper) and the country is politically polarized and divided.”

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“The prime minister must learn to control the excessively partisan spirit that characterizes him ... The task of (running Canada during the crisis) will be complex and delicate. The prime minister will not be able to accomplish this and retain the support of the population unless he radically changes his approach.” (Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by Peter Galloway)

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