Canada: Justin Trudeau wins again
Although the 156 seats reached the liberal president Justin Trudeau to continue his term, he must face strong opposition in parliament.
Justin Trudeau / Photo: Chris Wattie - Reuters / Landov
LatinAmerican Post | Alberto Castaño
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The current Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Pierre James Trudeau has been elected again as the first president of the northernmost country of America in a tough election that was marked by polls that evidenced the narrow margin of advantage with which either of the two candidates The state of the art should assume command in the second-largest country in the world over the next few years without dominating majorities in parliament.
Competing against the conservative Andrew Sheer, the son of the remembered and revered Pierre Trudeau, also prime minister of Canada, rose during the day of October 21 with the majority of the votes to continue exercising power in front of the parliament.
Despite having won, the discontent of many Canadians was shown at the polls, as the Liberals, under the command of the Prime Minister, lost 24 seats in parliament with respect to the overwhelming elections of 2015 when he won 180 of the 338 seats available by electorally burying his opponent, conservative Stephen Harper.
While the 156 seats reached the 'Wonder Boy' to continue his term, he must now interact with other parties to rule smoothly and make his campaign proposals tangible.
In Canada, it is governed with majorities when at least 170 seats are reached in parliament. In the last elections of 2015, the conservative opposition had achieved 99, this time it increased its vote by obtaining 120 and putting the Blue Prince of Canada in tight tights.
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Other parties, such as the separatist party 'BQ', who claim the independence of the province of Quebec, were the big winners of the day by going from 10 to 32 seats won.
The 338 seats in parliament are completed by the Social Democratic New Democratic Party (NPD) whose charismatic candidate Jagmeet Singh boosted 24 seats; the Green Party won 3 and the circle closes with a single independent in parliament.
The reactions of the opponents to Trudeau did not wait. The conservative Andrew Sheer, who based his campaign on repeated attacks against the 'Wonder Boy', a situation that in the eyes of some voters reduced his seriousness in the electoral contest, did not change his challenging tone and from Regina, the capital of the province of Saskatchewan, He acknowledged his defeat but not before warning that "when his government falls, the conservatives will be ready and we will win."
For his part, the social democrat Jagmeet Singh of the NDP said that “the Canadians sent a clear message tonight. They want a government that works for them, not for the richest and multinationals,” making a clear allusion to the claims of conservatives to privilege the wealthiest in the boreal country.
Without a doubt, the liberal bases gave Trudeau the triumph on this occasion, despite the head-to-head that occurred during the campaign that was marked by an unusual “smear campaign” from the conservative candidate.
Much was the force that the useful vote had to do with the triumph of the Liberals, as many voters stated that their preference was undoubtedly parties like the Green or the NDP, especially among the migrant population nationalized as Canadian. However, those same voters openly stated that the claims of conservatives who sought a privilege to the best economically positioned classes and the increase in migrant and refugee restrictions to the northern country had to be stopped.
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The re-elected prime minister in Canada enjoyed the triumph from Montreal in the province of Quebec between choirs shouting in unison “four more years”, and raising his hands he addressed his audience promising that “we will continue working to improve everyone's life, to advance our country, to make reconciliation with indigenous peoples a priority and to have more vision and ambition when it comes to tackling climate change. ”
Two large provinces where the liberal party lost in a spectacular way were Alberta and Saskatchewan, where they failed to elect a single deputy. To them, Trudeau told them that he heard his frustration and will work to unite the country.
And despite the fact that the BQ, a separatist party, tripled its vote in parliament, Trudeau told Francophones "dear Quebecers, I heard the message" indicating that the results confirm that Quebec wants to remain part of Canada and adding that Québec's voices will be heard, from now on, more in Ottawa, capital of the country and seat of parliament.
The elections took place, as is tradition, in total and absolute calm and on this occasion participation of 64.25% was recorded, as reported by the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) a significant decline compared to the 2015 elections when the participation approached 70% of the electorate.