It's been five years of minority Conservative (centre) government here in Canada. Then they were found in contempt of parliament - something that's never happened in a commonwealth nation before. Basically, Harper lied to the Canadian people about how much some brand new fighter jets were going to cost, and the Liberals (centre-left) called him out on it. Parliament was dissolved, and an election was called.
About two weeks ago, the New Democrat Party (far-Left) gained a surge of popularity that hasn't been seen since 1986. Suddenly, NDP was more popular than Liberals, and they had a shot at becoming the opposition party. Yesterday was voting day, and many Liberals voted NDP instead. When the dust had settled, the Bloc Quebecois (Quebec separatist party) had imploded, NDP was more popular than Liberals, The Liberals party leader (Ignatieff) resigned, The Green Party (far-far left) historically gained a seat in parliament, and the Conservatives had a majority government (thanks to an archaic voting system we adopted from the UK parliament).
This year, Canada voted left, but Conservatives won. Harper has previously run on a platform of "re-opening the debate about gay marriage" and other unhealthy positions. Now that he has the majority government he;s always craved, we can say goodbye to things such as net neutrality, neutral foreign policy, transparent government; and say hello to things like mandatory minimum sentences on drug possession (many US states are trying to get rid of these currently because 1. they don't work 2. it's fucking expensive), USA-style private prisons (because more Canadians will be going to jail for longer times for non-violent crimes), and our VERY OWN DMCA (heavily criticized copyright act that the US has been pressuring us to adopt).
Admittedly, this isn't the end of the world. Sure, we'll have to deal with a majority COnservative government for 4-5 years, but I expect when 2016 rolls around, NDP will come on fast and they'll come on strong because Canadians will be sick so sick of the Conservatives and Harper.
Canada is a historically left-leaning country - this was a fluke.
2016 - In mustache we trust.
That all said, I think it's important to remind everyone that the "us versus them" mentality is the cancer that is killing democracy. Don't support an NDP-Liberal coalition. Don't let us become the USA.
I always vote with the inefficient government in mind - that way change is gradual. That's a lie - I just turned 20. This was my first time voting in a federal election. Though I also voted in the Toronto mayoral election, but I didn't vote for Rob Ford or Doug Ford.
Anyway, see you in 4-5 years!