Justin Trudeau Projected To Win Canada Election, May Not Get Majority.
Canada elections: Polling stations likely to still be reporting results into the morning. Hence it was not yet clear if the Liberals had gained enough seats.
Canadians re-elected Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to power Monday in hotly contested elections. This was against a conservative leader, as the television networks projected.
Polls were still posting results into the next morning. It wasn’t yet clear if his party managed to secure an absolute majority. It was not clear if he got enough seats in parliament that would allow him to pass his agenda without opposition support.
Trudeau called the snap election last month. He was hoping for a smooth vaccine rollout .
After a bumpy five weeks of campaigning, appeared set for a repeat of the close 2019 general election that resulted in the one-time golden boy of Canadian politics clinging to power yet losing his majority in parliament.
A sudden surge in Covid-19 cases led by the Delta variant late in the campaign — after the lifting of most public health measures this summer — had also muddied the waters.
Trudeau said earlier he felt “serene” after casting a ballot in Montreal.
“We worked very hard during this campaign, and Canadians are making an important choice,” he told AFP, flanked by his wife Sophie Gregoire and their children.
At 49, Trudeau has faced tougher political bouts and still come out unscathed.
But after six years in power, his administration was showing signs of fatigue, and it was an uphill battle for him to convince Canadians to stick with his Liberals after falling short of high expectations set in his 2015 landslide win.
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