Prime Minister Trudeau’s Liberal Party loses its absolute majority in the Canadian parliamentary elections, but remains the largest. That predicts broadcaster CBC based on the first results.
According to the forecast of 8 a.m., the liberals are at 156 of the 338 seats. 170 seats are needed for a majority. That means that Trudeau will lead a minority cabinet and that he is dependent on smaller, left-wing parties. Canada has no coalition government.
The Conservative Party of challenger Andrew Scheer follows in second place with 121 seats.
It is a very good day for Trudeau. It was doubted in advance whether Trudeau would win the elections. He became embroiled in several scandals. He also received criticism from his voters that he had not kept his progressive promises. The course of Trudeau will become more progressive, for example in the area of climate measures. He needs support from the left flank.
Trudeau also has several options on that left flank, which makes it a lot easier to rule, says Van der Horst.
Justin Trudeau was elected Prime Minister in 2015, after the Conservatives had been in power for almost ten years. Then he got an absolute majority of 184 seats.