Canada held an election a few weeks ago. Don’t worry that you missed it; you wouldn’t have heard much of anything about it in American media. Why not? Because it all went to plan, that’s why.
To catch up on the northern contest, the Conservative Party got the most votes, 5.7 million, compared to just 5.5 million for Justin Trudeau’s ruling Liberal Party — but Trudeau’s Party got more seats in the House of Commons. A lot more, in fact: 159 seats to just 119. Why? Canada uses the same system as the United Kingdom, or our own House of Representatives: It’s first-past-the-post in 338 single-member districts.
By the way, that’s the second time in a row this has happened. The Liberal Party lost the