OTTAWA – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ruling Liberal party won parliamentary elections on Monday but did not win a majority in the lower house of the country’s legislature, the house of Commons. The liberals needed 170 seats to form a majority government but fell short of winning 14 constituencies.
According to the latest data from the national electoral commission, the liberals prevailed in 156 of the 338 electoral districts – 33.0% of the vote. The conservative party won support in 122 constituencies (34.5%). The Quebec bloc came in third, winning 32 districts (7.9%), followed by the New Democratic Party (winning 24 districts, 15.9%) and the “green” party of Canada (winning three districts, 6.4%). The people’s party of Canada lost the only mandate in Parliament; it went to an independent candidate.
Now, almost 97% of ballots have been processed. Turnout is still estimated at 62.8%, but it does not take into account voters who registered on polling day. 27.4 million people have the right to vote in Canada.
The victory of the ruling liberal party in Canada in the parliamentary elections showed that the country is developing in the right direction. On Tuesday, its leader, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, said at a meeting with his supporters in Montreal.
“Thank you for allowing me to represent you again,” he said. “I’m going back to Ottawa and I’ll work for you. Our country is moving in the right direction.” Trudeau promised that he would work for the benefit of all residents of the country regardless of whether they voted for the liberals or not. The Prime Minister assured that he would “invest in Canadians,” ban the use of assault rifles in Canada and make every effort to protect the environment.