Justin Trudeau will win a third term as Prime Minister of Canada, with his Liberal party set to remain the largest group in Parliament, after Erin O’Toole, leader of the main opposition Conservative party, admitted defeat.
However, with results still visible Monday night, Mr. Trudeau appeared ready for another minority government, forcing him to cooperate with smaller center-left parties and raising broader questions about his future as Liberal leader. .
The projected result largely mirrored that of the 2019 elections.
Elections Canada, which oversees the vote, previously warned that some results would take days to be finalized as the mail-in ballots were counted.
While the opposition conservatives led the national popular vote, Monday’s result nonetheless marked a defeat for leader Mr. O’Toole who conceded in the early hours of Tuesday. His centrist campaign failed to persuade enough voters to get rid of the Liberal Party after six years in power. The last time the Conservative Party won a federal election was in 2011.
“Our support has grown, it has grown across the country, but there is clearly more work to be done to earn the trust of Canadians,” O’Toole told fans, while suggesting that he planned to stay as a leader. “My family and I are deeply committed to continuing this journey to Canada. “
The Progressive NDP Party, led by Jagmeet Singh, was on track to win electoral seats.
Before the race, Trudeau’s Liberals held 155 seats in Parliament, the Conservatives held 119, the Bloc Québécois held 32 and the NDP held 24. The Green Party only had two seats and there were five MPs. independent. At least 170 seats are needed for a majority government.
Despite the expected lack of a parliamentary majority, the Prime Minister is likely to find strong support in Parliament for the Liberal Party’s renowned policy – C $ 10 a day for child care across the country.
Green Party leader Annamie Paul, who has faced many challenges in her leadership in recent months, was on the verge of a bitter loss in her run to downtown Toronto.
Maxime Bernier, the leader of the People’s Party of Canada, who presented himself on a platform against public health measures like vaccines and masks, and whom critics called xenophobic and racist, did not managed to win his race, nor any of his other candidates.
Mr Trudeau bet on an early election in an attempt to win a majority of seats in Parliament, but it was not clear whether he would.
The 49-year-old channeled the star power of his father, liberal icon and late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, when he first won the election in 2015 and now appears to have led his party to first place in the election. two elections since.
Mr. Trudeau bet Canadians did not want a Conservative government during a pandemic.
Canada is now one of the most vaccinated countries in the world and its government has spent hundreds of billions of dollars to support the economy amid the lockdowns.
Trudeau had argued that the Conservatives’ approach, which was skeptical of lockdowns and vaccination mandates, would be dangerous and said Canadians need a government that follows science.
Mr O’Toole did not demand that his party’s candidates be vaccinated and did not specify how many were not vaccinated.
Mr. O’Toole described vaccination as a personal health decision, but a growing number of strained Canadians are increasingly unhappy with those who refuse to be vaccinated.
Trudeau supports the requirement for Canadians to travel by plane or train, which the Conservatives oppose, with the outgoing president noting that Alberta, led by a Conservative provincial government, is in a health crisis.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, an ally of Mr. O’Toole, said the province could run out of beds and staff for intensive care units within days.
Mr Kenney has apologized for the dire situation and now reluctantly introduces a vaccination passport and imposes a mandatory work-from-home order two months after lifting nearly all restrictions. – PA