The Conservatives are out of power, but one could argue this election was even worse for the NDP. Getting 32% of the vote in a high turnout election after nearly a decade in power isn't that bad. They didn't actually lose that many votes. In contrast, the NDP was Official Opposition, topped the polls going into the election...and totally blew it. They lost 1 million votes and more than half their seats. Mulcair played it too safe. His immediately balance the budget stance impressed nobody who would have even considered casting a vote for them. And he was too scripted - his skills as a parliamentarian weren't utilized, instead the campaign tried to present Mulcair as someone he's not, like a lovable teddy bear and his speeches were pretty canned and generic. Expectations were high in the debates and he underperformed. Trudeau in many respects sounded bolder and more "progressive" than the NDP. Right now there is too little difference between the NDP and Liberals, and people will vote for the real thing. Oddly enough the Liberals beat the NDP with pretty much the exact same strategy as they did provincially. Like the Conservatives (probably more so), the NDP needs to undergo some real soul searching.