News Story of the Year: Tory election win was a game-changer, experts say
OTTAWA - Some quotes from editors and broadcasters who took part in The Canadian Press survey that chose the Conservative majority as Canada's top news story for 2011, with the surge of the NDP in close second:
"What has happened is the Tories have supplanted the Liberals for many years to come, I believe, and unless the rest of Canadian politics gets its act together, Stephen Harper is going to be prime minister for as long as he wants." — Dan Leger, director of news content, The Chronicle Herald, Halifax.
"Harper wasted no time using his majority to move on major changes he's clearly been itching to make, changes that are re-shaping Canada." — Murray Wood, News Talk 980 CJME, Regina.
"Decision 2011 came with so many storylines: The Green Party of Canada its nascent presence in the House of Commons; the diminishment of the Bloc Quebecois and Liberal Party of Canada; the Conservatives' return to majority status. Yet competing for headline space, and in many cases dominating it, was the surge in NDP seats and the party's thrashing in Quebec." — Murray Langdon, program manager, CFAX, Victoria.
"This story has all the drama of a Hollywood script. Jack Layton, the federal underdog, captures the nation's attention throughout an election campaign that Canada had been dreading, gains enough popularity to have NDP elected Opposition for the first time ever - and then just a few months later succumbs to the disease he had fought so hard and so publicly. I think a lot of Canadian voters could see a bit of themselves in Jack Layton - which is not something you heard said about Stephen Harper or Michael Ignatieff. And in death, people who didn't necessarily support his NDP party talked about what great person he was and showed admiration for his spirit and drive." — Andrew MacDonald, managing editor for news, Yahoo! Canada.