Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party wins Canada parliamentary elections but falls short of majority. This is the third victory of Justin Trudeau. 49 year old Trudeau is in power since 2015 and he was governing with a minority of House of Commons seats since 2019, decided to gamble a majority of seats, seemed to be failed.
Liberal leader and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau channeled the star power of his father, the Liberal icon and late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, when he first won election in 2015 and now appeared to have led his party to the top finish in two elections since.
During pandemic, Trudeau backed vaccine while 48 year old O’Toole, opposed them, by doing rapid testing and voluntary vaccinations to stop the spread of COVID.
Trudeau had said he needed a new mandate to ensure Canadians approve of his plan for getting the country past the coronavirus pandemic. The Liberals, whose fiscal policy support for the pandemic exceed 23% of GDP, plan billions in new spending to support economic recovery if re-elected.
Elections Canada showed the Liberals were leading in 148 ridings, the Conservatives in 103, the Quebec-based Bloc Québécois in 28 and the leftist New Democratic Party in 22. The House of Commons holds 338 seats and a party needs to win 170 to hold a majority. The Conservatives led in 121 districts.
Gerald Baier, a professor of political science at University of British Columbia, said, “It’s a Groundhog Day election, It seems that ambivalence has stayed (from the 2019 election).”
The White House said, Joe Biden, President of The United States congratulated Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his Liberal Party’s election win.
Trudeau on stage at a victory gala accompanied with his wife Sophie Gregoire and their children, said, “You (Canadians) are sending us back to work with a clear mandate to get through this pandemic into brighter days ahead. That’s exactly what we are ready to do.”
Justin Trudeau, had faced a tough politics at the age of 49 still came out and shined.