Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday decided to gamble on an early vote by counting on his government’s handling of the pandemic, which included massive expenditure on individuals and businesses to support them and for giving a push for high vaccination rates.
Even though Trudeau might win the election but it will still almost certainly be deemed as a failure for Trudeau because it has weakened his political standing and his Liberals fell short of his goal for a majority win.
Justin Trudeau is governing with a minority of House of Commons seats since 2019 but this time according to CBC and CTV reports, Trudeau’s Liberal government will need another party’s support to govern, as it seems to not have a majority win in this election.
Thank you, Canada — for casting your vote, for putting your trust in the Liberal team, for choosing a brighter future. We're going to finish the fight against COVID. And we're going to move Canada forward. For everyone.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) September 21, 2021
According to Canadian government data, over 27 million people are eligible to vote in this year’s general elections and approximately 5.78 million ballots have already been cast in advance polls. As per the pre-poll survey, neither the Liberals nor the right-leaning Conservatives have the 38% public support needed for a majority.
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole, whose party placed second, conceded defeat as per results. “Our support has grown, it’s grown across the country, but there is more work for us to do to earn the trust of Canadians,” O’Toole told supporters while suggesting that he planned to stay on as leader as quoted by The Indian Express.
“My family and I are resolutely committed to continuing this journey for Canada”, he added further. Besides Trudeau and O’Toole, other leaders of smaller factions include the leftist New Democratic Party’s Jagmeet Singh, Yves-François Blanchet of separatist Bloc Quebecois and the Green’s Annamie Paul.
The final results are expected to be delayed as mail-in ballots which are expected to number in the hundreds of thousands, will be counted.