Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s position weakened by a series of scandals.
Canada holds parliamentary elections on Monday after a tense election campaign that could see the liberal government lose power after just one term.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, 47 years old, who won a strong parliamentary majority in 2015, led the first liberal government in 10 years. During his tenure, he gained a reputation for championing liberal causes around the world through his initiatives in support of free trade, diversity, and environmental policies, as well as his active role on the world stage.
Former US President Barack Obama took the unprecedented step of tweeting in support of Trudeau on October 16, urging Canadians to re-elect the Prime Minister, whose position has recently weakened.
“The world needs his progressive leadership,” Obama wrote.
However, it may not be enough to change Canadians ‘ minds about the latest scandals involving Trudeau.
According to the polls, Trudeau’s Liberal party could lose to the Conservative party or win by an insufficient margin to form a majority in Parliament. In the latter case, the liberals will have to rely on the support of one of the opposition parties to stay in power.
For a majority, 170 of the 338 seats must be won. Before the election, the liberals held 177 seats.
The party with the most votes but no majority can form a minority government with another party.
If the conservatives win the most seats but do not win a majority, they will probably try to form a government with the support of the separatist “Quebec bloc.” Trudeau is likely to turn to the “New Democrats” for support.
In Canada, the Prime Minister, elected for the first time and with a parliamentary majority, has not lost in the fight for re-election for 84 years.