Trudeau wins in Canada but now, he's a weak leader

In Politics 2019-10-22 08:40:23
Trudeau wins in Canada but now, he's a weak leader
Trudeau wins in Canada but now, he's a weak leader

Justin Trudeau has won a second term as Canada's prime minister in an election seen as a referendum on the Liberal leader and his four-year-old government after a series of scandals, Aljazeera reports.


Now, Trudeau heads a Liberal minority government, which means Trudeau will have to work with other parties in order to govern. Nonetheless, he seems happy with the result.


"You did it, my friends. Congratulations," Trudeau, 47, told supporters in Montreal today. "From coast to coast to coast, tonight Canadians rejected division and negativity. They rejected cuts and austerity, and they voted in favour of a progressive agenda and strong action on climate change."


On Monday and by early Tuesday, the Liberals had won 158 seats, significantly fewer than the 184 seats the party secured in 2015. Back then, Trudeau was the "change" candidate, backed by Canadians who were tired of nearly a decade of Conservative rule. But in the last year, he has been dogged by scandals that chipped away at his credibility, including revelations he once wore blackface.


Canada's parliament has 338 seats, and the party that wins the majority of those seats - 170 or more - automatically forms the government and can easily pass legislation. If no party wins a majority, the parties must team up. 


For now, it is unclear which party the Liberals would join forces with to govern, with negotiations set to take place over the coming days. 


Furthermore, the BBC reports why the election results are bad news for Trudeau - the Liberals lost the West. The prairie provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan turned entirely Conservative blue. That blue wave helped the Conservatives gain almost 30 seats in Monday's election, taking them from 95 to about 122.


Now Alberta and Saskatchewan turned away from Mr Trudeau's party amid a sense in western Canada that its interests are not represented in Canada's capital of Ottawa. Even with the result, it is a happy thing for Trudeau, who still has to face the hurdles that lie ahead.


By Jude Chukwuemeka