Trudeau of Canada to Form Minority Government | The Lawyer – Hepburn
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau clung to power as his main rival admitted defeat, but his Liberals fell short of his goal of majority victory.
Trudeau, in power since 2015 and ruling with a minority of seats in the House of Commons since 2019, has decided to bet on an early vote and capitalize on his government’s handling of the pandemic.
This included massive spending to support individuals and businesses and pushing for high vaccination rates.
Instead, it will end where it started after a surprisingly tight election race characterized by a lackluster campaign and the anger of voters in an election during a pandemic.
After the minority’s victory was confirmed, Trudeau said it meant he had a clear mandate to help the country through the pandemic.
Conservative leader Erin O’Toole, whose party came second, admitted defeat as the results came in late into the night.
CBC and CTV predicted that Trudeau’s Liberal government would hold a minority of seats in the House of Commons, which means it will need the support of another party to rule.
Elections Canada showed the Liberals to be leading in 156 electoral districts nationwide, one more than before the election, including 111 in the voice-rich regions of Ontario and Quebec.
“This is a Groundhog Day election,” said Gerald Baier, professor of political science at the University of British Columbia. “It seems the ambivalence has remained (since the 2019 election).”
The House of Commons holds 338 seats and a party must win 170 to hold a majority. The Conservatives led in 121 districts.
Conservatives appeared on track to win the popular vote, attracting 34 percent support to 32 percent of the Liberals, but liberal support is centered on urban areas where there are more seats.
“Our support has grown, it has grown across the country, but it is clear that we still have work to do to earn the confidence of Canadians,” O’Toole told fans, while suggesting he planned to stay as a leader.
“My family and I are deeply committed to continuing this journey to Canada.
Trudeau, 49, a charismatic progressive and son of former Liberal Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, came to power in 2015. But the Liberals fell out of the minority in 2019 after Trudeau was damaged in part by revelations he had worn a blackface years ago.
In the midst of a fourth wave of COVID-19, Trudeau supported vaccination mandates while O’Toole, 48, opposed them, preferring a combination of voluntary vaccinations and rapid tests to stop the spread of the virus .
Trudeau had said he needed a new mandate to ensure Canadians approve his plan to pull the country out of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Liberals, whose fiscal policy support for the pandemic exceeds 23% of GDP, are planning billions in new spending to support economic recovery if re-elected.
Cambridge Global Payments chief strategist Karl Schamotta said the election result “essentially preserves the status quo and ensures that the budget spending plans that have supported the economy over the past year and a half are likely to fail. continue”.
Elections Canada will not start counting approximately 800,000 mail-in ballots until Tuesday, after being able to verify them against the votes in person. These could help determine the outcome in at least two Atlantic districts and many more across Canada.
A second minority government will mean Trudeau’s Liberals will once again have to rely on opposition parties, like the New Democratic Left Party, to pass legislation.
“A victory is a victory, and the time in power and in power is when you can make changes,” said John Duffy, a former Liberal adviser.
Associated Australian Press