Another observation: CPC again took a significant edge in the popular vote. That’s meaningless in its own right, but it shows that the LPC continue to achieve much more effective vote distribution. The CPC popular support in the prairies remains far in excess of what they need to take seats, and they’re lying for it in the east. It seems evident, at first glance, that their path to victory still has to run through the ideological centre. They have some real long term strategic soul searching to do here. If they discard O’Toole, or at least his efforts to modernize the party and pull it centre, they are likely dooming themselves to a long stint in opposition. I wonder to what extent a demographic shift away from Conservatism might be cementing this as a long term trend.