Election nights are usually topped off with live speeches by each major party leader, acknowledging their loss or victory, thanking their colleagues and supporters.
But since this federal election has been anything but ordinary, why would the speeches be any different?
Of the three major leaders, the NDP’s Jagmeet Singh started first in Burnaby, B.C. — and went on a little too long. But hey, this is Canada. We just elected a minority government and trust that our representatives can co-operate to figure things out for the greater good.
Instead, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer walked out and started giving his speech to supporters in Regina, forcing broadcasters to cut away from Singh.
And then a minute (a minute!) later, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau walked out and started giving his speech to supporters in Montreal, forcing broadcasters to cut away from Scheer.
Canadians, of course, had a few choice tweets on the matter.
trudeau really cut off scheer’s speech because scheer cut off singh’s speech oh my god this is so chaotic pic.twitter.com/wFjwM7Nk5H— clair★ (@DREAMGL0W) October 22, 2019
People voted for their leaders to work together and they can’t even let each other give their speeches. This Parliament is going to be something. pic.twitter.com/goD6He4dJA— Althia Raj (@althiaraj) October 22, 2019
Foreshadowing of minority government: Everyone talking at the same time. pic.twitter.com/1I5HPGxCfa— Carrie Tait (@CarrieTait) October 22, 2019
It's 1:13am and my screen looks like the Brady Bunch. #elx43— Melissa Lantsman (@MelissaLantsman) October 22, 2019
"Here's the story / of a lovely lady..."— Simon Houpt (@simonhoupt) October 22, 2019
It’s unclear what happened or whose fault it was. Surely, someone at each leaders’ camp was watching the live coverage and considered preventing this train wreck. Maybe? No?
Singh started talking. Went very long. Scheer started talking, and within 30 seconds Trudeau was approaching the podium. Traditionally the communications staff for each leader coordinates with the other parties to ensure each canadidate has a chance to speak. This is odd. #elxn43— Mackay Taggart (@mackaytaggart) October 22, 2019
The fact that Trudeau is speaking before Scheer has a chance to even give his speech, and while Singh is also speaking, is insane. Usually, concession speeches are given. Is this poor organization, or a jerk move? #elxn43— Charmaine de Silva (@char_des) October 22, 2019
The broadcasters ended up going live with Trudeau — since he has won a second term as prime minister — and replayed Scheer’s recorded speech afterward.
It all bodes well. Everything is fine.
I'm picturing the next budget done up with two different covers and three font styles. https://t.co/MtSHcLUWoq— Jen Gerson (@jengerson) October 22, 2019