What did media outside of Canada think about our election?

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What did media outside of Canada think about our election?

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The killing of terrorist Osama bin Laden may have been the top world news story Monday, but American and British media still found room for the Canadian election.

While most took a serious tone reporting the Stephen Harper majority and the Liberal decimation, some had some more interesting and funny things to say about Canada.

"Bet you didn't know Canada had an election Monday," read the lede of a USA Today article. The brief story states that while the world talked about bin Laden, Canadians voted.

U.S. blog Gawker warned Americans that Canada is now a nation of political extremists.

"Warning: Bumpy Canadian politics ahead," starts the piece. It explained Canadians voted for the extremes of the Conservatives and NDP while obliterating the moderate Liberals.

With the NDP taking so many seats from the Bloc Quebecois, Gawker stated, "It would appear that the Bloc is about as appealing to voters as a plate of congealed poutine." The warning note ends with a recommendation to the U.S. to build giant border fences with barbed wire.

"The prime minister's popularity was largely due to his stewardship of the economy during the global recession," states a Christian Science Monitor article. "Canada did far better than its neighbour to the south in weathering the storm and in a recovery."

U.K. newspaper, The Guardian, cites Green party Elizabeth May winning a seat in B.C. as the biggest story of the election.

The Green party currently holds one seat in the U.K. House of Commons. "Now May will present the voice for the environment, in contrast to other parties who have played political lip service to environmental issues."

British outlet, The Independent, credited the Tories' victory to appealing to coffee drinkers. "The Conservatives have built support in rural areas and with the 'Tim Horton's crowd' - a reference to the chain of doughnut shops popular with working-class Canadians."

Time Magazine wrote a piece about Canadians illegally tweeting results before all the polls closed. "This is about as dangerous as it gets in the Great White North."

However, it states those who were tweeting should worry about the punishment because "Elections Canada seems as docile and polite as the next Canadian."
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