Pro-Israeli PM Stephen Harper re-elected

Conservatives take majority control of Canadian government for first time in three elections.

Published: May 3rd 2011
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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper

In a comfortable victory, Canada's pro-Israel prime minister, Stephen Harper, was re-elected Monday night in the federal elections.


As head of the Conservative Party, Harper has now gone from heading two consecutive minority governments to a large majority.


Harper took 167 seats in the 308-seat House of Commons, or 40 percent of the popular vote.


In a stunning reversal, the New Democratic Party (NDP) replaced the Liberal Party as the official opposition. The NDP won 102 seats while the Liberals dropped to just 34.


In Jewish ridings, Israel emerged as a key election concern. In two Toronto-area ridings, Jewish Conservatives played up the government's support for Israel and defeated longtime Liberal lawmakers


In Montreal, Irwin Cotler, a former justice minister and well-known human rights advocate, won his district in a close race against a Jewish city councillor. Cotler, in a tough fight, won by fewer than 1,000 votes.


In Winnipeg, Jewish Liberal lawmaker Anita Neville lost to the Conservative candidate.

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