Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s political bet was unrewarded on Monday when Canadian voters returned him to power, but denied the expansion of power he was seeking in Congress.
A late Monday return to the elections showed that it would again be the head of minority government while he remained prime minister, Canadian broadcasters predicted.
In August, Trudeau called the voters two years ago, calling them “sudden elections,” with high approval ratings. He said his goal was for his Liberal Party to acquire a powerful mission to lead the country from a pandemic to recovery.
However, many Canadians suspected that his true ambition was merely political opportunism, trying to regain the majority of parliament that the Liberal Party had until it lost its seat in the 2019 elections.
Whatever his motive, it didn’t work.
Some voters are still casting ballots, and preliminary results show that the Liberal Party has won 156 seats. That’s one less seat than it won in 2019, but its main rival, the Conservative Party, won 123 and two.
As a result, Mr Trudeau was placed in a familiar situation.
He would have to hand over the opposition members to his side again to pass the law. And, at least in theory, his volatile grip on party power leaves his government vulnerable to being overthrown by Congress.
Trudeau, like his post-WWII predecessor, needs strong voter authority to defeat the coronavirus severely damaged by the pandemic and rebuild the national economy when calling for elections. Insisted that.
However, this announcement was not accepted by many Canadians.
Even though the Delta variant is straining hospitals in some areas, the warning that the government was holding elections when it didn’t need to be held will diminish for many voters during the 36-day campaign. There was no. And Mr Trudeau’s enemies quickly characterized his move as a reckless seize of power. Conservative leader Erin O’Toole even called it a “non-Canadian.”
In the end, Mr Trudeau not only failed to secure a majority in Congress, but predicted that he may have wasted the goodwill he gained when he led the country over the coronavirus crisis.
“I wonder if the liberals are saying this in their hearts, Kimberly Spears, a professor of political science at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, said in the final week of the campaign.
Now, she said, it’s unclear how long the Liberal minority government can hold together and what this means for party leaders. “How long will Trudeau last?” Spears wondered.
When Mr Trudeau first ran for Liberal Party leaders in 2015, few political experts thought he could quit. He launched the campaign in third place behind the incumbent Conservative Party and the Central Left New Democratic Party.
He won by presenting himself as a new voice of politics with different approaches and associated different ideas.
But that fresh young politician was rarely seen this time.
Trudeau, 49, provided voters with a vision for the future rather than a warning. He said returning to a conservative government under Mr. Outur would result in a loss of government performance in various areas. They fight gun control, gender equality, climate change, child care, poverty reduction, and above all, pandemics and vaccinate Canadians.
“Mr. Outur does not confirm that travelers sitting by you and your children on the train or plane are vaccinated,” he said at a campaign rally in Sally, British Columbia last week. Told. “This is a moment of true leadership. Mr. Outur is not leading — he is misleading.”
However, in Mr. Outur, the prime minister was facing a different enemy than the Conservative leaders he met in the previous two campaigns.
“I’m a new leader in a new style,” said Autour, who took over the party about a year ago, at the beginning of the campaign. “There are five political parties, but there are two options. The Conservative Party of Canada or better.”
A former Air Force helicopter navigator and legal counsel from Ontario, Autour created a 160-page campaign platform in an attempt to broaden the Conservative proceedings. ..
However, Mr. Outur continued to oppose mandatory vaccination and vaccine passports.
Mr. Outur also repeatedly attacked Mr Trudeau’s personal integrity because the Conservatives have repeatedly pointed out some low points in the prime minister’s career in parliament.
The Federal Ethics Commissioner is a leading Canadian engineering firm that allows Mr Trudeau and his staff to avoid criminal convictions on corruption charges for indigenous women who are his Minister of Justice in 2018. I found that I broke the ethics law when I pressured to offer it to Canada. Last year, a charity closely related to the Trudeau family was awarded a free contract to manage the Covid-19 financial support program for students. The group withdrew, the program was canceled, and Mr Trudeau was freed from allegations of conflict of interest.
Trudeau defends diversity and racial justice, but during the 2019 poll, it was discovered that he wore a blackface or brownface at least three times in the past.
“All Canadians have met Justin Trudeau in their lives. They are privileged, qualified and always looking for number one,” Autour said during the campaign. “He will say anything to win, regardless of the damage it causes to our country.”
Trudeau replied that Mr. Trudeau’s willingness to abandon conservative policies and change his platform in the middle of the campaign showed that it was he who promised to say something to voters. rice field.
Many voters enthusiastically slammed their elbows with Mr Trudeau during the suspension of the campaign to take selfies, but his campaign was often hampered by unruly mobs protesting mandatory vaccines and vaccine passports. I did. One event was canceled due to safety concerns and Mr Trudeau was thrown gravel at another event.
Trudeau, along with New Democrats’ Jugmate Singh, had a nationally strong political challenger on his left. Ontario lawyer and former MP Singh consistently showed the highest approval rate of all leaders before and during the campaign. However, personal popularity was not enough. His party won three seats, but only a total of 27 seats.
As before the election, New Democrats is likely to be Mr Trudeau’s main source of support in Congress.