Justin Trudeau has been reelected as Canada’s prime minister after the country’s federal election, but his narrow victory means he will lead a minority government that will be forced to depend on other parties to govern.
The Liberals were victorious in 146 out of 304 electoral districts that had reported results by about 10:30pm Toronto time on Monday, according to the national broadcaster CBC. Trudeau needed to win 170 seats to secure a second majority government.
In his victory speech, Justin Trudeau told Canadians that even if they didn’t vote for him, the Liberal Party works for all people of Canada.
US President, Donald Trump has also congratulated Trudeau for a wonderful and hard fought victory with a Tweet that reads, ‘Congratulations to Justin Trudeau on a wonderful and hard fought victory. Canada is well served. I look forward to working with you toward the betterment of both of our countries!’.
Ahead of the vote, polls were highly competitive with the Conservative leader Andrew Scheer. But with neither of the main parties reaching the number of seats needed for a parliamentary majority, Canada is headed towards a minority government, and Trudeau will be forced to co-operate with smaller left-of-centre parties to govern.