Government - Trudeau Wins Canada's Election
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party has won the 2019 Canadian federal election which also resulted in a series of bitter pills for the Conservatives and right in general.
The center-Left Canadian Liberals lost some seats, or "ridings" as they're called in the great white north, but managed to hold on to power. It's projected that the Liberals will form a minority government and Trudeau will remain as Prime Minister. This victory came despite the blackface scandal that dented his reputation, and an earlier ethics scandal in which he tried to pressure the attorney general to drop criminal charges against a politically connected company.
The New Democratic Party wave that was predicted failed to materialize, but the party scored well in the east and is likely to hold the balance of power in a coalition government. The NDP is positioned further to the Left than the Liberals, and will no doubt call on Trudeau to embrace its environmental and economic policies.
"The real winner of this election is not a leader or a party, the real leader of any election should be the people and that is Canadians," said NDP leader Jagmeet Singh. "Canadians have sent a clear message tonight that they want a government that works for them, not the rich and powerful, not for the well-connected," he added.
The Greens are also expressing interest in a coalition and influencing Canada's Climate Change policy. Trudeau's victory speech indicated he will lean in that direction, specifically telling supporters that Canadians chose a more progressive direction that will seriously address the global warming crisis.
It's a tough night for the Conservatives, which the ABC's election analyst Antony Green points out actually got more votes than the Liberals. But the party's support is stronger in the rural western plains provinces that have fewer seats than urban/suburban Ontario and Quebec, and the Conservatives will just have to swallow that. The Conservatives' deputy leader Lisa Raitt losing her riding to former Olympic kayaker turned Liberal candidate Adam van Koeverden.
Maxime Bernier, who left the Conservatives to form the the far-right populist People's Party of Canada, lost his seat amid allegations his new pals are racist and xenophobic. Without the party leader in Parliament and no other ridings, it's unclear whether that little soiree if angry white guys will continue.
The Conservatives are the main opposition, but the Francophone Bloc Quebecois tripled its seats over the 2015 election making it the third largest party in Canada. "The Bloc Quebecois does not want to form a government or participate in a government," Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet said, "However, if what is proposed will help Quebec, you can count on us. But if it hurts Quebec, the bloc will stand up and block it." That means opposing any new oil pipelines the government might be planning, or any policy that might compromise Quebec's French language, values, and commitment to secular institutions.