Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won a third term on Monday but his party fell short of a majority win. Trudeau, has been in power since 2015 and governing with a minority of seats since 2019.
In his speech to supporters in Montreal, Trudeau said, “I hear you when you say that you just want to get back to the things you love not worry about this pandemic or an election, that you just want to know that your members of parliament of all stripes will have your back through this crisis and beyond.”
Elections Canada showed the Liberals leading in 156 electoral districts nationally, one more than they held before the vote, leading one commentator to dub it a ‘Groundhog Day election’. “It’s a Groundhog Day election,” said Gerald Baier, a professor of political science at University of British Columbia. “It seems that ambivalence has stayed (from the 2019 election).”
The Conservatives, led by Erin O’Toole, were in second place, and conceded defeat as results trickled in late into the night. A second minority government will mean Trudeau’s Liberals will have to rely again on opposition parties, such as the left-leaning New Democratic Party, to pass legislation. Trudeau has pledged to work with other parties to get the country through the pandemic.
Erin O’Toole remained upbeat despite the results. “Our support has grown, it’s grown across the country, but clearly there is more work for us to do to earn the trust of Canadians,” O’Toole told supporters, while suggesting that he planned to stay on as leader. “My family and I are resolutely committed to continuing this journey for Canada.”
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