The Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau has won a third term at the nation’s parliamentary elections on Monday night earning enough votes to stay in power.
However, The liberal party, the prime minister’s party did not win the majority of seats in the house of commons after winning 158 seats out of 338 seats, 12 seats shy of having the majority. Without a majority in the House of Commons, any laws passed by the prime minister and his party must also now have at least some support from members of another party as a majority would have given them a significant advantage in pursuing their top political priorities.
The prime minister ordered the election last month, even though the next federal elections weren’t scheduled until 2023. He said at the time that he wanted the voters to send a clear message about who they want to lead Canada out of the coronavirus pandemic, and how they do it.
This morning, he thanked voters for participating and said the elections showed a “clear mandate” to drive Canada out of the pandemic and “to brighter days ahead.”