Canada: Justin Trudeau re-elected Prime Minister but as minority government

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won himself a second term in office, but as a minority government after Monday’s general election.

His Liberal Party are projected to win 157 seats, 13 short of a majority, and therefore he will find it harder to pass legislation.

The opposition Conservatives are expected to win the popular vote, but that has not translated to enough seats to oust Trudeau. They are projected to take 121, up from the 95 they held before.

The country’s left leaning party, New Democratic Party (NDP) and its leader could end up being king maker. The NDP is projected to take 24 seats in the 338-seat parliament.

Bloc Quebecois which is confined in that province, fared much better. It is expected to take 32 seats, compared to the 10 it won in 2015.

Speaking in front of an electric crowd in Montreal about his victory Trudeau said that voters had “rejected division and negativity… and they rejected cuts and austerity and voted in favour of a progressive agenda and strong action on climate change”.

“Thank you for having faith in us to move our country in the right direction.”

In 2015, Trudeau came into power promising “real change” but after four years of power Trudeau faced criticism for his ability to follow through.

Trudeau’s vow to Institute federal electoral reform was quickly abandoned, his climate record was cut after he supported the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion project and the ethics scandal took a major toll on his popularity.