In the end, Justin Trudeau grinded out a minority government:
Justin Trudeau will serve another term as Canada’s prime minister after Liberals won a plurality of seats in Parliament. But the incumbent emerged from Monday’s election weakened as his party lost seats and Trudeau will lead a minority government.
The quick declaration of Trudeau’s victory came as a surprise after he was deadlocked in the polls with Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer during the six-week campaign. Still, with a minority government, Trudeau will need to forge alliances with other parties to advance his priorities.
The crowd had barely begun gathering at Liberal headquarters in Montreal when the unexpectedly early victory call arrived. Dozens of people in a mostly empty convention hall began chanting, “Four more years.”
In a speech that unusually took place while both Scheer and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh were also speaking to supporters, Trudeau defiantly voiced the messages he had taken across the country, while also extending an olive branch to Western provinces that roundly rejected him.
Granted, Singh’s speech had already gone on longer than the audiobook of The Power Broker by the time Trudeau started, but Scheer had started only a couple minutes before, which 1)I have never seen before and 2)suggests the next Parliament will be highly contentious.
The good news is that the would-be Canadian Le Pen couldn’t even win his own riding:
The leader of the People’s Party of Canada, Maxime Bernier, lost his own riding of Beauce Monday night.
With 97 per cent of the votes counted, Bernier trailed Conservative Richard Lehoux by more than 6,000 votes.
Bernier won the riding for the Conservative Party in the 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2015 elections before breaking with the party and launching his own right-wing party in September 2018.
As PPC leader, Bernier campaigned on cutting taxes, ending corporate subsidies, drastically cutting immigration and encouraging provinces to develop their natural resources.
However, he also faced criticism from his rivals for not doing enough to weed out racists from his party and for denying there’s a scientific consensus that humans are responsible for climate change.
I guess his only chance to maintain a future in politics is to establish residency in Ontario and run for governor HEY-YO!