Canada’s election results are in and Justin Trudeau has prevailed over the lingering controversy that plagued his campaign. But the win comes with a price as the Liberal party has lost out on the majority.
The country’s federal elections translate to a referendum for the prime minister. Late into his first term, the esteemed political figure was tainted with scandal.
During his speech, Trudeau said voters had “rejected division and negativity… and they rejected cuts and austerity and voted in favor of a progressive agenda and strong action on climate change” as he addressed cheering supporters. The prime minister sees his triumph as an expression of support for progressive politics by Canadian citizens.
Thank you, Canada, for putting your trust in our team and for having faith in us to move this country in the right direction. Regardless of how you cast your vote, our team will work hard for all Canadians.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) October 22, 2019
After a narrow victory, Trudeau will be serving his second term as prime minister of Canada following the federal elections in the country. The newly re-elected prime minister’s party is expected to win 157 seats which are 13 short of the 170 needed for a majority.
Trudeau’s second term will see Liberals find difficulty in passing legislation as he leads a minority government. The opposition party is projected to be victorious in the popular vote but has yet to translate that into seats, as per the BBC.
The Conservatives are expected to take 121 which marks a significant rise in their previous 95. Election results on Monday night saw a sharp downturn in seats for the New Democratic Party. However, the left-leaning party’s leader Jagmeet Singh could become kingmaker. Singh’s party is expected to win 24 out of the 338 seats in the parliament.