Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals are on track to win the Canadian election, as the CBC and CTV television networks projected as the results came in, but it appears that they will not reach their goal of a decisive majority victory.
Trudeau heads a government with a minority of seats in the House of Commons that relies on the support of other parties to pass the legislation. He called elections two years earlier in the hope of securing a parliamentary majority.
CBC and CTV said the Liberal government would have a minority of seats in the House of Commons.
Elections Canada showed Liberals leading in 155 electoral districts nationwide, the same number they had before the elections, including 109 in Ontario and Quebec, rich in votes.
“It’s a Groundhog Day election,” said Gerald Baier, professor of political science at the University of British Columbia. “It seems that the ambivalence has remained (since the 2019 elections).”
The House of Commons has 338 seats and a party needs to win 170 to have a majority.
The Conservatives ranked second, leading in 121 districts.
“People would be pleasantly surprised if there was a liberal majority government, within the liberal camp, but I think it is still too early to make that decision,” Gerald Butts, Trudeau’s former senior adviser and close friend, told CBC TV.
Surveys reported results much more slowly than usual, and some stations were forced to limit occupancy due to COVID-19 restrictions. Long lines forced some voters to wait hours to vote in southern Ontario, a critical battlefield.
Only about a third of polls in Quebec and Ontario had reported results and only 5% in British Columbia, another province with tight races and numerous seats.
The loonie strengthened when the first results came in, rising 0.3%.
Trudeau, 49, a charismatic progressive and son of former Liberal Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, came to power in 2015. But the Liberals were reduced to a minority in 2019 after Trudeau was damaged in part by revelations that he had used the black face years ago.
Amid a fourth wave of COVID-19, Trudeau backs vaccine mandates, while conservative leader Erin O’Toole, 48, opposes them, preferring a combination of voluntary vaccines and rapid tests to stop the spread. of the virus.
In the first set of regional results, Liberals led or were elected in 23 of 32 parliamentary districts in the four Atlantic provinces. The Liberals held 27 seats before the elections.
A delay in the counting of mail ballots could further delay results in close races.
Elections Canada won’t start counting roughly 800,000 mail-in ballots until Tuesday, after you can verify them with the votes in person. Those could help determine the outcome in at least two Atlantic districts and many more in Canada.
After voting in downtown Montreal, Jonathan Goldbloom and his 95-year-old mother, Sheila Goldbloom, said they supported Trudeau’s handling of the pandemic.
“He showed great leadership on the record and he was the one who said everyone should get vaccinated. I don’t think conservatives have been consistent in that message, “said Jonathan Goldbloom, using another term for conservatives.
Wayne Boone, who was on his way to vote in Ottawa, said he supported O’Toole’s Conservatives for their fiscal restraint.
“And I’m not very happy with Pierre Jr., as I call him, Justin Trudeau, because he tends to spend money that we will never have,” Boone said.