|All the major parties emerged with something to be pleased about after the 1997 federal election. Yet, the disturbing trend they faced was a House of Commons fractured along regional lines.
The Liberals returned to power with a majority, but just barely. They held onto 155 seats. At the time their power was mainly in Central Canada, particularly Ontario.
Reform replaced the Bloc as official opposition, with a total of 60 seats; all in the west.
Both the Tories and New Democrats gained official party status.