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The Tories won a strong majority, the NDP soared to Official Opposition status, the Bloc Quebecois collapsed and the were Liberals devastated

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Supporters of York Centre Liberal candidate Ken Dryden watch the early results on tv at Montecarlo Casino Hotel on Chesswood Ave., Toronto May 02, 2011.

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Conservative Party leader and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks to supporters at his federal election night headquarters in Calgary, Alberta, May 2, 2011.

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper gives the thumbs up as he arrives on stage following his majority win in Calgary, Alta, Monday, May 2, 2011.

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Vancouver South Liberal MP Ujjal Dosanjh speaks to his supporters and media gathered at his campaign headquarters after conceding to Conservative Wai Young Monday night.

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York Centre Liberal candidate Ken Dryden meets supporters in Toronto after losing his seat on May 02, 2011.

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Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe announces his resignation on May 2, 2011.

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Conservative Parm Gill unseats Ruby Dhalla, the Liberal incumbent, during a tight race in the riding of Brampton-Springdale on May 2, 2011.

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New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton greets supporters at NDP election night headquarters in Toronto May 2, 2011.

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New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton speaks to supporters in NDP headquarters in Toronto on Monday, May 2, 2011.

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Green Party Leader Elizabeth May celebrates winning her riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands at her election party in Sidney, British Columbia, May 2, 2011.

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Green Party leader Elizabeth May gives the victory sign as she speaks to supporters after being elected MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands in Sidney, B.C., on May 2, 2011.

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Ruby Dhalla, the Liberal incumbent in the riding of Brampton-Springdale was unable to hold on to her seat losing a tight race to Conservative candidate Parm Gill.

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Former Conservative foreign affairs minister Lawrence Cannon concedes defeat in his riding of Pontiac, Monday May 2 , 2011 in Chelsea, Que.

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Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe announces his resignation on May 2, 2011.

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Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff says goodbye to supporters, with his wife at his side, on May 2, 2011.

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Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff and his wife Zsuszanna Zsohar leave the stage after addressing supporters following his defeat, at the Canadian federal election night headquarters in Toronto, May 2, 2011.

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Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff addresses supporters Monday, May 2, 2011 in Toronto.

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Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff pauses as he addresses supporters on Monday, May 2, 2011 in Toronto.

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Michael Ignatieff, with his wife Zsuzsanna Zsohar, speaks to his supporters in the Grand Ballroom at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto on May 2, 2011.

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NDP Leader Jack Layton and his wife Olivia Chow watch federal election results at his headquarters in Toronto on May 2, 2011.

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Bloc Quebecois supporters react after hearing their leader Gilles Duceppe failed to win his riding at federal election night headquarters in Montreal May 2, 2011.

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Bloc supporter Richard Bourdeau, of Sorel, Quebec sits in a close to empty room early Monday, May 2, 2011 at the Bloc Quebecois election night headquarters in Montreal.

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper make his way onto the stage in Calgary May 2, 2011 after Canadians went to the polls in the federal election.

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Conservative supporters cheer as they watch and wait for election results in Calgary May 2, 2011 after Canadians went to the polls in the federal election.

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Conservative supporters cheer as they watch and wait for election results in Calgary May 2, 2011 after Canadians went to the polls in the federal election.

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A New Democratic Party supporters sports a Jack Layton mustache as she takes part in their election event in Toronto on Monday, May 2, 2011.

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A man walks past some of the signage decorating the hallways around the Grand Ballroom where Michael Ignatieff and Liberal supporters will gather on election night in Toronto on May 2, 2011.

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Supporters prepare signage at the Grand Ballroom where Michael Ignatieff and Liberal supporters will gatherin Toronto on May 2, 2011.

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Richard Bourdeau watches results come in at the Bloc Quebecois federal election night headquarters in Montreal, Monday, May 2, 2011 .

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Conservative supporters watch as election results come in night in Calgary, Alta, Monday, May 2, 2011.

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New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton and wife Olivia Chow and granddaughter Beatrice watch election results prior to their parties election event in Toronto, Ont., on Monday, May 2, 2011.

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New Democratic Party Lleader Jack Layton and Olivia Chow react to grand-daughter Beatrice while watching election results come in from a hotel suite in Toronto, Ont. May 2/2011.

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NDP candidate Peggy Nash addresses supporters after winning the seat for Parkdale High Park in the federal election May 2, 1011.

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New Democratic Party supporters cheer as they watch results at NDP leader Jack Layton's election event in Toronto, Ont., on Monday, May 2, 2011.

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Supporters of the New Democratic Party celebrate at Jack Layton's election day venue in Toronto, Ont. May 2/2011.

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New Democratic Party supporters cheer as they watch results come in from the east coast at NDP leader Jack Layton's election event in Toronto, Ont., on Monday, May 2, 2011.

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Supporters, Robb Collis, left, and Rick Martin look on as the results come in, saying it looks dire for the Liberals.

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A very small crowd trickles into the Grand Ballroom to watch the results roll in on TV, before Michael Ignatieff and Liberal supporters gather on election night at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto on May 2, 2011.

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