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A Major Change Comes to the 'Texas of Canada'

After 43 years, 7 months in power, the Progressive Conservative party is out

(Newser) - As a Canadian TV host put it , "Pigs do fly." That after last night's election in the western oil-rich province of Alberta, which saw a conservative-party dynasty come to an end after 43 years in power. Voters chose a New Democratic Party government for the province, which... More »

Canada Bill Would Ease Quebec's Secession

But don't expect opposition measure to pass

(Newser) - Under a new bill, Quebec could theoretically secede from Canada with a simple majority vote—but the bill isn't going to become law anytime soon, Reuters notes. The opposition New Democratic Party bill would revise standards set by the country's Clarity Act, which says secession would require a... More »

New Greek PM Signed In

Antonis Samaras sworn in after deal reached to form government

(Newser) - New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras was sworn in as Greece's new prime minister today, after his conservative party reached a deal to form a coalition government with the liberal Pasok and Democratic Left parties, CNN reports. "We trust that with God's help we will do all we... More »

Greeks Close In on Deal, But Germany May Not Like It

Parties intent on renegotiating bailout

(Newser) - The leaders of Greece's political parties emerged from meetings today saying they were determined to form a government—though from the sound of things, that may be a government at odds with Germany. The conservative New Democracy party is hoping to form a unity government with Socialist Pasok and... More »

Radical Left Gets Shot at Running Greece

Eurozone exit more likely than ever after election revolt

(Newser) - Irate Greek voters may have shoved their country out of the eurozone for good in Sunday's election , by crippling the mainstream parties that voted for the country's bailout. The head of the Conservative New Democracy Party gave up trying to form a ruling coalition within hours yesterday, the... More »

Canada Mourns Opposition Leader

NDP leader Jack Layton died of cancer a month after stepping aside

(Newser) - Jack Layton has died of cancer barely three months after leading the New Democratic Party to its strongest-ever result in Canada. The 61-year-old, who shocked the country only a few weeks ago when he announced he was stepping aside as the official opposition leader because of health issues, died yesterday... More »

Conservatives Win Majority in Canada

NDP now official opposition as Liberals, BQ stumble

(Newser) - After 7 years and four elections, Stephen Harper has led the Conservative Party to a majority government in Canada, according to preliminary results. The prime minister, who has led minority governments since 2006, won a majority of seats in Parliament and a broader mandate for his party after an election... More »

Canadian Opposition Moves to Sink Righty Gov't

Harper's Tories in rout weeks after re-election

(Newser) - Canada’s main opposition parties have reached an unprecedented deal to topple the Conservative government, only weeks after it won re-election, reports the Globe and Mail. PM Stephen Harper infuriated rivals by attempting to end public support for political parties under the veil of an economic stimulus bill. The Liberals,... More »

Canada Returns Conservative Minority Government

Harper's party grabs more seats but still falls short of a majority

(Newser) - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has been re-elected to form a minority government. Harper's Conservative party boosted the size of its minority in yesterday's Canadian election but fell a dozen seats short of a majority, Reuters reports. The opposition Liberals slumped to their lowest share of the popular vote in... More »

Canada Votes Amid Financial Upheaval

Harper leads, but global crisis clouds election's finish

(Newser) - Canadians vote today in the country's third election in four years, and polls predict a second minority government for Stephen Harper, the Conservative prime minister. But while his Tories have led Stéphane Dion's Liberals throughout the campaign, the global financial crisis—during which Toronto's stock exchange has dropped 20%... More »

Greek PM Wins New Term Despite Wildfire Fallout

Ruling party only loses 8 seats

(Newser) - Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis won a second four-year term and his conservative New Democratic Party retained its parliamentary majority, according to early results from yesterday's elections. The wildfires that recently ravaged southeastern Greece threatened to topple Karamanlis and his party, but they wound up losing only 8 seats in... More »

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