October 19, 2015 (the dispatched: Stephen Harper)
October 21, 2019 (the dispatched: Andrew Scheer)
October 20, 2021 (the dispatched: Erin O'Toole)
The Conservative Party of Canada and its brethren have enjoyed three consecutive losses; losses made more potent when one considers that the Liberal Party of Canada was considered to be vulnerable in the federal elections of 2019 and 2021. The final tally wrote a minority, albeit a healthy minority, in both cases.
What gives? Well, for starters, the CPC gave away and the LPC tooketh away.
Much has been made in some quarters about the fact, and it is an incontrovertible fact, that the Conservatives won more votes.
I make much of the fact, and it is a dirty little fact, that Pierre Trudeau and the Liberals won many many more votes in total than did Joe Clark and his Progressive Conservatives in the 1979 federal election.
Progressive Conservatives: 4,111,606
Guess who became Prime Minister of Canada....