Canadians gave Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party a win in Monday’s parliamentary election, but its bid to win a majority of seats failed and almost mirrored the results of the election two years ago.
The 49-year-old Trudeau bore the charms of his father, Liberal icon and late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, when he first won the election in 2015 and has led his party to the top spot in two elections since.
The Liberal Party leads with 156 seats, one less than it won in 2019, and 14 less than the 170 needed for a majority in the House of Commons.
The Conservative Party won 121 seats, the same number they won in 2019.
The left-leaning New Democrats garnered 27 seats, three more than before, while the Quebec-based Québécois Bloc got the same number before with 32 seats, and the Greens fell to two.
“I hear you when you say you just want to get back to the things you love and not worry about this pandemic or this election,” Trudeau said.
Trudeau entered the election when he led a stable government that was not in danger of being overthrown.
The opposition has relentlessly accused Trudeau of holding an unnecessary early vote two years before the deadline to fulfill his personal ambitions. [lt/uh]