Author: Siggy Kahama
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was reelected on Oct. 21 Federal elections, as his Liberal Party will form a minority government. Trudeau was elected to a second term despite scandal regarding controversial photographs from his past.
Although it won the most seats in Parliament, the Liberal Party lost the popular vote, earning 33% to the Conservative party’s 34%. This is only the second time in Canadian history that a party will form a government with less than 35% of the votes.
Trudeau will be leading a minority government during his second term, as the Liberal Party fell 13 seats short of the 170 necessary to form a majority in the House of Commons. The Conservatives won 121 seats, with strong support in western provinces. The rest of the seats fell into Bloc Québécois won 32 seats in Quebec, the New Democratic Party won 24 seats and the Green Party won three. Independent candidate Jody Wilson-Raybould also won a seat.
The Liberals saw a significant drop in support from the 2015 election, losing 27 seats, going from 184, a majority government, to 157. Last election, Trudeau also won the popular vote, with 39.47%.
Trudeau and his cabinet will be sworn in Nov. 20.
Canada “voted in favor of a progressive agenda and strong action on climate change,” Trudeau said during his victory speech. “I have heard you, my friends, you are sending our Liberal team back to work, back to Ottawa with a clear mandate.”