OTTAWA – Liberal leader Justin Trudeau is vowing to get “back to work” in the 2021 federal election after tackling a second minority government that looks like a Canadian elected in 2019.
Trudeau said after navigating the country’s COVID-19 campaign in hopes of a third term under majority rule, saying, “You can help us work through this pandemic and with a clear mandate in the days to come.” Sending it back.”
With 338 seats up for grabs and no way to the 170 needed for a majority, Granthshala News’ Decision Desk announced that the Liberals would hold on to power after the summer federal election at a critical time in the pandemic.
“I hear you when you say you just want to go back to the things you love, don’t worry about this pandemic or the election. Trudeau said that you just want to know that your Members of Parliament of all stripes will have a pat on your back through this crisis and beyond.
“The moment we face the demand for real significant change, and you have given a clear direction to this Parliament and this Government.”
At 1:30 p.m. EDT results show the elected or leading Liberals in 156 riding, Conservatives in 121 riding, Block Quebecois in 32 riding, NDP in 26 riding and Greens in two riding.
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Leading the race, the Liberals had 155 seats, the Conservatives 119, the Bloc Québécois 32, the NDP 24, the Green Party had two, and the Independent had five MPs, and one vacancy.
Trudeau called a federal election on August 15, ending his nearly two-year minority parliament, gambling on hopes of a majority victory. Expected to speak from his Montreal campaign headquarters within the next hour or so, re-elected Trudeau will address a result that shows his party was not far ahead compared to when he won the election on a sunny Sunday morning. had called.
Based on preliminary results, the overall seat distribution in the House of Commons does not change significantly, meaning the Liberals will once again have to find dance partners in other opposition parties to pass major legislation and stay away.
As the results continue to roll in, all eyes will be on Conservative leader Erin O’Toole, whose pitch for change was not what her party expected. Conservative Party officials on Monday evening sought to dismiss reporting that suggested they would consider keeping the Liberals in the minority as a victory, but by midnight O’Toole had refused to acknowledge Trudeau. was called for.
Looking at other parties, Bloc Québécois leader Yves-François Blanchett has so far largely occupied his party’s seats before the election call, although NDP leader Jagmeet Singh’s candidates currently hold both due to an increase in votes. The parties are in a wedge. Bitter fight for the third party to stand on. Green Party leader Anamie Paul and People’s Party leader Maxim Bernier failed to overthrow the incumbents in their rides.
Moderate lack of big gains
In launching the country into a fourth-wave federal election, Trudeau set up his re-election bid as an opportunity for Canadians to make their voices heard about what they would do to get the country out of the COVID-19 crisis. want, and in a new era of significant change.
However, it appears that some of his detractors try to frame him as selfish or power-hungry, so that key policies such as childcare are stuck in the minds of voters.
Three Liberal cabinet ministers have been evicted along with Bernadette Jordan in the south coast – St. Margaret’s, NS, Mary Monsef at Belvedere Peterborough-Kawartha, and Deb Schulte at King-Vaughan all lost to their Conservative opponents.
The first few weeks of this election were the busiest for Trudeau, as anti-vaccine protesters became increasingly aggressive, the crisis in Afghanistan hit the headlines, and the count of COVID-19 cases ticked upward.
It was at this time that Canadians were looking more seriously at change and questioning why the election had been called for by progressive parties to proceed steadily through the pandemic, despite Trudeau’s insistence that the chamber was “toxic”. and had become impractical. The face of the conservative obstacle.
After the debate and the release of the liberals’ $78 million platform, voting began for the party, and then as Trudeau finally marched across the country, the outlook between liberals and O’Toole on vaccines The difference was brought back to the center stage.
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Now, the Liberal-led federal government is expected to move forward with a vaccine mandate for federal settings, and some on climate change, Indigenous reconciliation, and ‘she-op’, in hopes of bolstering heritage-building policy. Unfinished business has to wrap up. Trudeau’s third win should be his last.
The prospect of surviving a pandemic election may have been a motivating factor for opposition parties to back the Liberals in the past, but whether the same sentiment will prevail in the 44th Parliament remains to be seen. It will be a test for Trudeau when he convenes the House of Commons and delivers a new speech from the throne.
O’TOOLE LEADERSHIP IN QUESTION?
Making some gains, the Conservatives failed to oust Trudeau despite high expectations from supporters buoyed by competitive voting numbers throughout the campaign.
With elections tightening in the final days, O’Toole, inspired by his “positive” campaign approach, hit hard with personal attacks aimed at Trudeau, while making the case for a potential vote-divider that if his The main objective was a change in government, so their “only option” was to vote for the Conservatives.
In his speech on election night from Durham, Ont., O’Toole spoke of being the leader to take on the Liberals when the next election comes. However, the loss of Tory already has raised questions over the fate of O’Toole’s leadership, as his predecessor was ousted after a similar 2019 result.
“We have a conservatism that does not live in the past, but learns from it to secure the future,” he said. “We’ll take stock of what worked and what didn’t, and we’ll continue to spend time showing more Canadians. Welcome to the Conservative Party of Canada.”
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O’Toole presented himself as a more liberal or progressive leader than he presented himself during the 2020 leadership race, resulting in questions about the direction the party would take on social and public safety issues if elected. continue.
Positioning himself as the “man with the plan” when he introduced the “Canada Recovery Plan” on the second day of the race, O’Toole leaned heavily on his policy book throughout the race.
While running a campaign that relied heavily on connecting with Canadians from a TV studio the party had set up as a pandemic precaution, O’Toole was slammed for refusing to say that How many of their candidates have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. .
That same day after bringing out former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney to support him, he pledged that the party he was leading was “not your father’s Conservative Party,” calling O’Toole another high-profile conservative. : Jason Kenney’s record had to contend with.
After the Alberta premier announced new lockdown measures, O’Toole was repeatedly faced with the question of whether he still felt as he once said: that Kenny was handling the pandemic better than the federal government. handled better. At this, and ongoing questions about the vaccination status of his candidates, O’Toole chuckled repeatedly throughout the final days of the campaign.
Nail-biter for third-party situation
All night Block Québécois and the NDP were in a tight race for third-party position, although it appears that Blanchett may be on that position.
While Bloc Québecois’ hopes of increasing the number of seats in the House of Commons were dashed when it came to the popular vote, Bloc held a narrow lead over liberals in Quebec, with nearly 1.12 million votes as of Tuesday. 1:30 pm
After making his way around Quebec over the past five weeks, Blanchett received his biggest boost in the province, based on how he answered a question to him by a debate moderator of English language leaders about Bill 21 . While he repeatedly spoke about how unwanted this election was, he also emphasized his priority for any party to win a majority.
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“It’s hard to comment on the result,” Blanchett said Frenchman in his election night speech. “The percentage is pretty much the same. The number of seats is almost the same. It’s almost the same for everyone.”
Singh appeared victorious on election night, despite his party standing much the same way as before his aggressive cross-country campaign. Singh rode aggressively with “unlimited enthusiasm”, the party felt it could win in key areas.
Using a large social media following, Singh also used platforms like TikTok and Instagram to get his progressive “tax the rich” message across to millions of Canadians.
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Giving a message of hope for a better future, the NDP leader pointed to what the New Democrats were able to negotiate in the previous minority parliament over the past 36 days.
In his speech from his Burnaby South, BC Riding Singh vowed to “keep fighting”.
“We are never going to stop fighting for you and your families, as we have done in the pandemic, as we showed you in this campaign… we are connected. When people around us are hurting, we are hurting too, but when we take care of someone…