Stephen Harper has been re-elected as Canadian Prime Minister but has again fallen short of winning a majority government.
Projections suggest his Conservatives have increased their number of seats in parliament after yesterday’s election. However Harper will still need the support of the opposition, something he told supporters was possible: “We’ve shown that a minority government can work and in this hard time of global economic instability we owe it to Canadians to demonstrate this once again,” Harper said from his campaign headquarters in Calgary.
Harper added that he was appealing to members of all parties to join together to protect the economy. The opposition Liberals look set to lose as many as 18 seats in the 308-seat parliament, the party’s worst result for 24 years, but leader Stephane Dion has vowed not to step down.
Harper called the election five weeks ago, saying he wanted a stronger mandate. Early polls suggested he might even win a majority government but the financial crisis checked his progress.