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Canada's Conservatives secure elusive majority

Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper has won a majority government in elections which changed Canada's political landscape, with the opposition Liberals and Quebec separatists suffering a shattering defeat.

Mr Harper, who took office in 2006, has won two elections but until yesterday's vote had never held a majority of the parliament's 308 seats, forcing him to rely on the opposition to pass legislation.

Elections Canada reported preliminary results on its website, giving the Conservatives 167 seats, which will give Mr Harper four years of government.

Irish Independent