Canada: Trudeau’s Liberal Party narrowly wins third term

Trudeau's Liberal Party narrowly wins third term
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party has narrowly won the country’s election, but it failed to secure a majority.

This is federal election win for Mr Trudeau, but his critics say the poll was a waste of time.

Trudeau’s Liberal party is projected to win 156 seats, short of the 170 seats needed to form the majority Mr Trudeau was seeking with his early election call.

The Conservatives are expected to win about 122 seats and have held onto their main opposition status.

In the early hours of Tuesday morning in Montreal, Mr Trudeau said to his supporters: “There are still votes to be counted but what we’ve seen tonight is millions of Canadians have chosen a progressive plan.”

He added: “You elected a government that will fight for you and deliver for you.”

The election, which took place during a fourth coronavirus pandemic wave in the country, was the most expensive in Canada’s history, costing some $470m.

The projected results suggest a parliament almost similar to the one elected just two years ago in 2019.

The snap election call, sending Canadian citizens to the polls for the second time in two years, was widely seen as a bid by Justin Trudeau to secure a majority government and he struggled to explain why a campaign was necessary.

Erin O’Toole, the Conservative leader, called it a waste of time and money.

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