Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party will hold on to power, winning the most seats in a national election but losing a parliamentary majority after a divisive campaign plagued by scandal. It’s a result that will force the leader to work with at least one opposition party to govern, Canadian media reported.
The Liberal party won the most spots in the 338-seats in Parliament, but fell short of a majority, meaning they will have to form a coalition with an opposition party to stay in power. Early results showed them winning just 157 seats. The Conservatives were on track to secure at least 121 seats.
Around 27.4 million Canadians were eligible to vote at polling stations located in six different time zones.
“We seek hardship for none and prosperity for all, and if we unite around these common goals, I know we can achieve them”, Trudeau told cheering supporters in Montreal, saying that Canadians had sent a clear message of support for progressive policies.
Thank you, Canada, for putting your trust in our team and for having faith in us to move this country in the right direction. Regardless of how you cast your vote, our team will work hard for all Canadians.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) October 22, 2019
Trudeau was praised last week by former U.S. President Barack Obama. But last month, photos surfaced online of Trudeau in blackface and brownface when he was younger. He apologized and called them “unacceptable.”