Canadians awarded Conservative Leader Stephen Harper with a minority government Monday, putting an end to more than 12 years of Liberal rule.
As of 1:00 a.m. ET, the Conservatives were in line to take 125 seats, versus 103 for Paul Martin's Liberals.
But prime minister designate Harper was denied the 155 seats needed to lead a Tory majority, meaning he'll have to rely on the backing of at least one opposition party to survive in the 308-seat House of Commons.
The NDP also gained more seats than previously handing them the balance of power. I was hoping for a Conservative majority, but I will watch closely as PM Harper makes Canada a better place and works with other partys to steer through the muck that has been created by the Liberals after 13 years.
Ousted PM Paul Martin is to resign as the leader of the Liberal party. He will still work his seat that he won, but will let others take control of the Liberals.
Congratulations Conservative Party and Stephen Harper.