Canada Election 2019: Justin Trudeau escapes defeat by a narrow margin

Canada election 2019

The Federal Canada Election 2019, held on 21st October, saw a dramatic turn of events. The elections are contested to get the members elected to the House of Commons. The year 2019 was marked as the year of 43rd Canadian general elections. The Governor-General of Canada Julie Payette issued the writs of the election on the 11th of September 2019.

The contenders for the 2019 Federal Canada Elections were the current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau from the Liberal Party, Andrew Scheer from the Conservative Party, Yves-François Blanchet from the Bloc Québécois party, Jagmeet Singh from the New Democratic Party, Elizabeth May from the Green party and Maxime Bernier from the People’s party.

The Liberal Party, headed by compelling Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, acquired 157 seats to constitute a minority government; however, they lost the majority achieved in the elections of 2015. The party lost the popular vote against the Conservatives. It signifies the second instance in the history of Canada that a governing party will establish a government while drawing less than 35 percent of the national popular vote.

The Liberals managed to secure the lowest ever percentage of the national popular vote to be received by a governing party in the history of Canada, in this election.

The Conservative Party, driven by Andrew Scheer, gained 121 seats and prevailed as the Official Opposition. They won more votes but only fewer seats in the parliament. The Bloc Québécois, supporting Yves-François Blanchet, obtained 32 seats and became the third party for the first time since 2008. The New Democratic Party, headed by Jagmeet Singh, got 24 seats. It is the worst result of the party since the year 2004.

The leftwing party had shown a promiscuous future but eventually lost half of their seats in the parliament. The Green Party, managed by Elizabeth May, observed its most commendatory result with three seats, a victory for the party. The party has won any seat outside British Columbia for the first time. Jody Wilson-Raybould, an independent MP, gained her seat. She is the first independent MP to win a seat in over a decade. Maxime Bernier, the People’s Party leader, failed to get any seats, as his party did not win any seats. His party will have no representation in the parliament.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal party fell 20 seats, while its core opposition challengers, the Conservatives, won 26 seats. The Liberals, however, have grasped adequate seats to constitute a minority government. Meantime, the Bloc Québécois obtained 22 seats, and the leftwing New Democratic Party lost 15 seats. Their aggregate overall turnout for the elections was down, at 62%, in comparison to 68% in 2015.

The Liberals’ precarious triumph came despite their squandering the popular vote. The Conservative vote was densely clustered in Saskatchewan and Alberta and subsequently did not convert into seats. The Liberals were profoundly dependent on seats in Ontario, the populated territory that encompasses Toronto and numerous additional cities.

The federal election was observed as a referendum on Mr. Trudeau. The Prime Minister had a rough first term already defiled by a scandal. Mr. Trudeau told applauding supporters in Montreal that voters had declined division and negativity. He also lauded the crowd for denying cuts and rigidity and voted in support of a liberal agenda and intense movement on climate change.

He also thanked the crowd for holding faith in him and his party to lead the nation in the correct direction. Furthermore, to those who did not back him, he promised his party would govern for everyone. His unsteady grasp on power is being perceived as a critique of his record; however, the decision is utterly disappointing for the Conservative leader, Andrew Scheer.

Mr. Trudeau came into leadership in 2015, assuring “real change” and a series of reformist promises. Although the following four years in power, Mr. Trudeau encountered criticism for his capacity to follow through.

His backing for the Trans Mountain oil pipeline extension project, for instance, has undermined his environmental record. Furthermore, Mr. Trudeau’s pledge to establish federal electoral reform was promptly discarded. It provoked some left-leaning voters triggered by the possibility of seeing an alternative voting system.

Yet, according to an individualistic appraisal by two dozen Canadian academics, Mr. Trudeau has fulfilled 92% of these commitments, entirely or partly. The most by any Canadian government in the last 35 years.

An ethics scandal at the beginning of this year acknowledged as the SNC-Lavalin affair brought about notable damage to his support. Last month, an ethics watchdog discovered that the prime minister had meddled federal conflict of interest laws. It was done by inappropriately attempting to influence a former minister regarding a criminal case facing major Canadian engineering firm SNC-Lavalin.

Mr. Trudeau’s election chances then appeared at peril when photographs of the prime minister donning blackface make-up in three separate situations were extensively circulated. The photographs were seen as a notable blow to Mr. Trudeau’s cultivated political image, distinguished by compassion and inclusion.

The Canada Election 2019 saw the voters turn against their beloved Prime Minister, Mr. Justin Trudeau, to favor the Conservative rival, Andrew Scheer. Now, it is an opportunity for the Canadian government to act upon seriously towards the preferences of the populace and meet their criterion.

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