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Canada Separatist talk renews in Alberta following Justin Trudeau Liberal victory

16:55  22 october  2019
16:55  22 october  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

Jeered and cheered in Calgary, Trudeau spends final day of campaign in B.C.

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CALGARY, Alberta — This should not have been a competitive election. When Justin Trudeau won a healthy majority government in 2015, it seemed as if destiny itself had cleared the way for the scrappy scion of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau to dominate Canadian politics for years to come.

Justin Trudeau 's Liberals have secured a second term, but will be forced to run a minority government. Early results in Canada's general election on Monday saw Prime Minister Justin Trudeau 's Liberals take a narrow lead after polls closed, followed closely by Andrew Scheer's

Justin Trudeau standing in front of a stage: Liberal leader Justin Trudeau waves as he celebrates at Liberal election headquarters in Montreal on Monday Oct. 21, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick© THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick Liberal leader Justin Trudeau waves as he celebrates at Liberal election headquarters in Montreal on Monday Oct. 21, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party was re-elected Monday night and that has some Alberta residents calling for separation.

The Liberals were elected as a minority government but did not win a single seat in the prairies and lost the popular vote 34 to 33 per cent to the Conservative Party.

Alberta proved once again to be a Conservative stronghold with all but one of the province's ridings going blue — NDP candidate Heather McPherson won in Edmonton-Strathcona — and the party capturing 70 per cent of the vote.

His victory speech barely over, Trudeau hits the métro for selfies, handshakes

  His victory speech barely over, Trudeau hits the métro for selfies, handshakes Continuing a practice begun four years ago when his Liberal Party formed a majority government, Prime minister Justin Trudeau returned to the Jarry métro Tuesday morning to thank constituents for their support. Though he had been giving a victory speech in downtown Montreal just a few hours before — after a vote that was finally counted well after midnight — the smiling Trudeau seemed energetic as he stood by the subway station escalator to shake hands and take selfies with early morning commuters. Métro riders were delighted to see him. “I am so happy you won,” one man said.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is on track to secure a second term, but likely heading a minority government. Initial results in Canada's general election on Monday saw Prime Minister Justin Trudeau 's Liberals take a narrow lead after polls closed, followed closely by Andrew Scheer's

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The Liberals lost their three Alberta seats with cabinet minister Amarjeet Sohi being defeating in Edmonton-Mill Woods to Conservative Tim Uppal, Kent Hehr losing his seat in Calgary-Centre and Randy Boissonnault being ousted in Edmonton-Centre by Conservative James Cumming.

Protestors gather as Liberal leader and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a rally as he campaigns for the upcoming election, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada October 19, 2019. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe© Getty Protestors gather as Liberal leader and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a rally as he campaigns for the upcoming election, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada October 19, 2019. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

"It really was Justin Trudeau's policies; people have been hurting because of them, and we have to make sure we push back on Justin Trudeau so Mill Woods needs a strong voice," Uppal said.

Even with minority status, Liberals wouldn't dare abandon Trans Mountain, says observer

  Even with minority status, Liberals wouldn't dare abandon Trans Mountain, says observer Not unlike during the 40-day election campaign, two key issues are sure to dominate discussion in Alberta following Monday’s federal vote, according to one political observer: pipelines and climate change policy. Mount Royal University professor David Taras said the two “explosive issues” are likely to be “major items on the table” come Tuesday. “If the Liberals are dependent on New Democrat votes and on Green votes and on Bloc votes, then I think they would have to be much more aggressive in terms of climate change and the carbon tax,” he said. The party was not on track to capture enough seats to form a majority Monday evening.

Justin Trudeau has won a second term as Canada’s prime minister after the country’s federal election, but his narrow victory The Liberals were leading or victorious in 146 out of 304 electoral districts that had reported results by about 10 In Alberta , both Amarjeet Sohi, the natural resource minister

Initial results have put Prime Minister Justin Trudeau 's Liberals on track to form a minority government, coming Initial results in Canada's general election on Monday saw Prime Minister Justin Trudeau 's take a narrow lead after polls closed, followed closely by Andrew Scheer's Conservatives.

"Now we have a whole suite of opposition in Edmonton, no representatives in the Justin Trudeau government and I think that's going to be a challenge for not just Edmontonians but Albertans," Boissonnault said.

As it became evident on Monday evening the Liberals would be re-elected, #Wexit and "separation" began trending on Twitter.

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Mount Royal University political scientist Duane Bratt said he expects Alberta's separation movement to heat up.

"You have this large cohort of Conservative MPs. How does the government function? How does the Trudeau government function? What is (Alberta Premier Jason) Kenney's response?" Bratt said. "I think this is a real danger to national unity."

Bratt said how much the movement grows will depend on Kenney.

"Does he try to dampen that down? He didn't during the campaign. He put out a video in August saying, 'We don't want to separate from Canada, we want to separate Trudeau from office,'" Bratt said.

"Kenney then campaigns against Trudeau not just in Alberta but in Ontario and in Manitoba and he's unsuccessful, so where do they go next?"

However, other social media users believe any discussion of separation is unrealistic and ridiculous.

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In his victory speech, Trudeau addressed Alberta and Saskatchewan.

"Know that you are an essential part of our great country. I've heard your frustration and I want to be there to support you. Let us all work hard to bring our country together."

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said the results show Canada is further divided.

Bratt said he believes the Trudeau government will work to complete the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, but added that Albertans should expect the Liberals to continue pursuing policies many in Alberta oppose.

"If you're looking for (Trudeau) to roll back the federal carbon tax, it ain't going to happen. You think he's going to roll back Bill C-69? Bill C-48? No, it's not going to happen. Basically, all the issues Alberta wanted — those aren't going to happen," Bratt said.

This way to ‘Wexit’: Navigating Alberta’s theoretical secession

  This way to ‘Wexit’: Navigating Alberta’s theoretical secession The road to secession is a long and complicated one, involving the House of Commons, the Senate, First Nations and all of the provinces.On Facebook, the “Wexit Alberta” page reached 28,000 likes and “Vote Wexit” page 250,000 likes by Friday. Twitter saw the "wexit" hashtag -- and the satirical “rednexit” hashtag -- trend nationally. And conversations across the province discussed what secession of Alberta from Canada could look like.

Trudeau 's Liberal party was projected to win the most seats in the 338-seat Parliament, giving it the best chance to form a government. He brought in a carbon tax to fight climate change but rescued a stalled pipeline expansion project to get Alberta 's oil to international markets.

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The mayors of Alberta's two major cities both congratulated Trudeau on Twitter and added their hope that the federal government will work with Edmonton and Calgary on issues that are important to the cities.

This way to ‘Wexit’: Navigating Alberta’s theoretical secession .
The road to secession is a long and complicated one, involving the House of Commons, the Senate, First Nations and all of the provinces.On Facebook, the “Wexit Alberta” page reached 28,000 likes and “Vote Wexit” page 250,000 likes by Friday. Twitter saw the "wexit" hashtag -- and the satirical “rednexit” hashtag -- trend nationally. And conversations across the province discussed what secession of Alberta from Canada could look like.

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