Bet lost for Justin Trudeau: the leader of the Liberal Party had called an early election in the hope that Canadian voters will give him a majority, but he will again have to ally with small parties to govern.
Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party won the Canadian legislative after the early federal general election held on September 20. However, this is a half-victory for the outgoing Prime Minister, who failed to regain a majority after a campaign during which he was mistreated.
According to preliminary results released on September 21 by Elections Canada – the body organizing the poll – the Liberal Party would win 158 seats, which is less than the fateful threshold of 170 seats needed to constitute a majority. Justin Trudeau will therefore be forced to form a minority government, as in 2019. However, it is precisely to get out of this situation that he called early elections in mid-August.
“Canadians return us to power with a clear mandate to come out of this pandemic and move towards a better future”, however welcomed Justin Trudeau, affirming that he was “ready” for this new mandate and happy that the Canadians chose a “progressive agenda.”
After a rather favorable start and encouraging polls, Justin Trudeau had a particularly complicated campaign, which almost turned into personal disavowal. The erosion of power was felt and the “Trudeaumanie” of 2015 seemed far away. On the ground, he had to deal with every trip to a crowd of demonstrators angry at the sanitary measures. One of them had even thrown gravel at him.
An “election for nothing”?
“Tonight, the Canadians did not give Mr. Trudeau the majority mandate he wanted,” said Conservative leader Erin O’Toole on the evening of September 20, regretting that this election had “further aggravated the divisions. »Present in the country. Erin O’Toole – whose party just won 122 seats, three more than before parliament was dissolved – campaigned steadfastly in the center and promised Canadians to embody renewal.
To govern in Ottawa, Justin Trudeau will therefore need to compose with the smaller parties such as the New Democratic Party (NDP, left, 26 seats) led by Jagmeet Singh or the Bloc Québécois, an independentist formation (31 seats). Its chef Yves-François Blanchet wondered in the evening: “All that for that? No winner, no loser, but surely a harsh judgment from people who will say to themselves: “But what was this story?” “.
“In the end, we can really say to ourselves that it is a campaign for nothing,” said Félix Mathieu of the University of Winnipeg to AFP, who noted that in many provinces, “the graduates were systematically re-elected”.