Though election results are still trickling in, it’s safe enough to call the results. Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party of Canada have won the Canadian federal election with a majority government. The win comes after 10 years of Conservative government under Stephen Harper.
The results come as a pleasant surprise to the Liberal Party and its supporters, as the party only won an underwhelming 36 seats in the 2011 federal election.
“Sunny ways my friends. Sunny ways,” Trudeau told supporters in Montreal following his victory. “This is what positive politics can do.”
Though former Prime Minister Stephen Harper swept his riding, it was revealed that he would be stepping down from his position as leader of the Conservative Party. The former government now takes the position of the Official Opposition.
Though disappointed, Harper told his supporters in Calgary that “the people are never wrong.” He and the Conservative Party accept the results of the election without hesitation. The people wanted change, and that’s what they voted for.
Tom Mulcair’s NDP slipped into third-party status, a huge loss for them following a major gain in the 2011 election. The party was a front-runner at the beginning of the 11 week campaign, but suffered devastating losses in Quebec, where the “Orange Wave” had led them to obtain Official Opposition status in 2011.
Mulcair was pleased to see that Canadians had not let “the politics of fear and division” win and had instead chose to turn the page on 10 years of Harper politics and embrace change.
The Liberals had several big wins tonight, starting from the very beginning. The east coast provinces were painted red as Liberal candidates cleaned up, winning seats for the entire area. In Ontario, the Liberals held or were leading 80 seats throughout the province. While the Liberals held steady in the province’s large urban centres, they also made substantial gains in outlying, suburban areas.
Quebec is where the Liberals made huge gains. In the last election, Quebec played a large role in earning the NDP their status as the Official Opposition.
This time around, many of the ridings went red instead. As of the last updates, the Liberals had earned around two dozen seats and were leading in several more.
Though Alberta stuck with their usual Conservative blue, despite the “Orange Crush” in the recent provincial election, several gains were made. One of note is the victory of a Liberal candidate in a Calgary riding for the first time since 1968, with Darshan Singh Kang winning in Calgary Skyview.
There is potential to see another Liberal seat emerge from Calgary Centre as votes continue to be counted in an incredibly close race. In Edmonton, NDP MP Linda Duncan held her seat in the Edmonton Strathcona riding. Amarjeet Sohi captured the Edmonton Mill Woods riding for the Liberal Party, and a close race remains in Edmonton Centre.
The Conservative Party had several major losses, including the seats of Finance Minister Joe Oliver in Toronto, Fisheries and Oceans Minister Gail Shea in P.E.I., Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Minister Bernard Valcourt in New Brunswick and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander in the Greater Toronto Area. Apart from Quebec, the NDP suffered the loss of all 6 of their previously held seats in Atlantic Canada.
This is the second time that a Trudeau has led the Canadian government, with Justin Trudeau’s father Pierre Elliot Trudeau leading the country for nearly 16 years before his retirement in 1984. This is the first father-son pairing to hold office in Canadian history.