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Trudeau Stays in Office But Fails to Secure a Majority in Canadian Parliament

Approximately 98% of the votes in Canada’s elections have been counted.

After calling for a snap election, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was able to retain his position after a close race.

He was unable to secure a majority of seats in parliament for his party, the Liberal Party. 

So far, 98% of votes counted have been counted. These preliminary results indicate the Liberals secured 158 seats, short of their goal of 170. Notably, the Liberals did gain two seats from Alberta, a province known for its oil production. 

“The rightwing Conservatives went into the campaign with a fresh face,” noted The Guardian. Veteran Erin O’Toole “only took the party leadership last year. His policies include undoing some of the Liberal party’s green measures, but he has also run a campaign focusing on worker’s rights,” 

Conservatives are expected to have 122 seats when the results are finalized.

Like in 2019, the party is projected to have won the popular vote. But the first-past-the-post system — awarding victory to the candidate with most votes in any given constituency — means that has not translated to seats won,” per the BBC.

Liberals, in fact, typically win support from urban and suburban areas where there are typically more seats.

In addition to the Conservative and the Liberals, there were also candidates from the leftwing New Democrats and the separatist Bloc Québécois, which has power in the electoral system because their support is concentrated in the French-speaking province of Quebec.

Trudeau, 49, has been in power since 2015. He is the son of former Liberal Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. When the younger Trudeau admitted in 2019 that he had donned blackface years ago, his party slipped into a governmental minority. He called for the election two years ahead of schedule hoping to expand his party’s power. 

The election cost some 600 million in Canadian dollars (about $470 million in U.S. dollars) and was the most expensive in the country’s history. 

O’Toole suggested it was a waste of time and money.

“Canadians sent him back with another minority at a cost of $600m and deeper divisions in our great country,” he told reporters.

According to Reuters, “polls reported results much more slowly than usual, with some stations forced to limit occupancy due to COVID-19 restrictions. Long lines forced some electors to wait hours to vote in southern Ontario, a critical battleground.”

Trudeau will be reliant on compromises with opposition parties now in order to successfully pass legislation. Minority governments are not unusual in Canada but coalitions are rare.

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3 responses to “Trudeau Stays in Office But Fails to Secure a Majority in Canadian Parliament”

  1. Devilsgun says:

    “If you like your Communist cuckold you can keep him”

    The ratio of normal people to hosers in Canada is way too out of whack

  2. Bootcrash says:

    This. If Quebec goes, then that money sink will be plugged up. Maybe Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba can follow suit in have their own sovereignty. Work with the Americans in trade.

  3. Vercuric says:

    This isn’t the worst possible result for the country, but it’s far from the best. The Liberal party wasting time and money is par for the course.

    What this really highlights though is we have all of the negative aspects of the American electoral system, and none of the benefits. In the 2019 election, the Conservative party won the plurality of votes (34.34%, 121 seats) yet the Liberals with 33.12% got 157 seats.

    Instead of ridings providing disproportionate votes to the more spread-out rural population like in the American electoral college (which I do think is necessary for the US, don’t let them get rid of it), our idiotic system does the complete opposite. Quebec, Ontario, and Toronto (pretty much the epicenter for leftist insanity of the world) dictate the policies for the entire country, to hell with what anyone west of Ontario thinks.

    Replacing our horrid First-Past-the-Post voting system was an old campaign promise of Trudeau that he of course reneged on (no surprise, the Liberals would never abolish a voting system that disproportionately favors them, and neither would the Conservatives). A ranked voting system would be far superior, not complicated to implement, and encourage people to vote for who they actually like vs. the least-worst party that has a chance at winning.

    At this point, I wish the Bloc Quebecois luck and I hope the separatists get their way. Quebec is nothing but a parasite on western Canadian taxpayers anyway through federal “Equalization” payments, and they already have almost as much legislative control over their own province as a sovereign nation would anyway. Nothing of value would be lost to Western Canadians. And once Quebec separates, the West is next. The East clearly doesn’t give a shit about the West, and the feeling is quite mutual.

    If there’s one thing I’ll give credit to Quebec for, it’s that National Film Board of Canada cartoon “The Sweater”. It was broadcasted over and over again on Canadian TV in the 90’s. I never understood it as a kid, I thought maybe you had to be French-Canadian to really understand, but I actually get it now. I also completely support its message:

    Fuck Toronto.

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