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US News Trudeau Overcomes Scandals to Win Second Term in Canada Election

08:30  22 october  2019
08:30  22 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

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TORONTO (AP) — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared set to win a second term in Canada 's national elections Monday, seemingly fending off a challenge from rival Conservatives despite having been weakened by a series of scandals . Trudeau 's Liberal party was projected to win the most seats

Initial results in Canada 's general election on Monday saw Prime Minister Justin Trudeau 's Liberals take a narrow lead after polls closed, followed Although Trudeau won by a landslide in 2015, his fight to secure a second term has been hobbled by several scandals . In recent months, old photos of the

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(Bloomberg) -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won a second term in national elections, displaying once again a remarkable ability to overcome scandal and controversy to remain in power.

Trudeau’s Liberal Party won or was leading in 155 of Canada’s 338 electoral districts, losing his majority in parliament but gaining enough seats to secure a stable government with support from smaller parties. The most likely partner for Trudeau would be the pro-labor New Democratic Party, which is on track to win 25 seats, giving the two parties a combined 180.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faces a hard fight to win a second term as Canada 's leader. Liberals and Conservatives were neck-and-neck in the polls as voting starts in Canada 's general election Monday.

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 Although Trudeau won by a landslide in 2015, his fight to secure a second term has been hobbled by several scandals .

While his minority position weakens his mandate, the result will nonetheless come as a relief for Trudeau, 47, who entered the campaign wounded by a scandal over his handling of a judicial case for a Quebec engineering firm, and was further rocked by revelations he wore blackface at least three times when he was young.

Justin Trudeau holding a microphone: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Holds Election Rally © Bloomberg Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Holds Election Rally

The scandals weren’t enough to derail Trudeau’s campaign, which sought to portray the prime minister as the only real progressive option and to frame the election as an opportunity to consolidate his gains on climate change.

The prospect of a relatively stable minority government sparked little market reaction, with the Canadian dollar trading little changed at C$1.3086, a three-month high. One Canadian dollar buys 76 U.S. cents.

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TORONTO – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared set to win a second term in Canada ’s parliamentary elections Monday, seemingly fending off a challenge Trudeau reasserted liberalism in 2015 after almost 10 years of Conservative Party government in Canada , but a series of scandals

Buffeted by controversy, Canada ’s prime minister is seeking a second term in a tight race. Now, with Canadians voting in a national election on Monday, the question hanging over Mr. Trudeau is All of this might prove too much for Mr. Trudeau to overcome . With an approval rating at about 35

Trudeau even won support from Donald Trump.

The second term allows the Liberal leader to cement one of the most left-leaning agendas the country has seen in at least a generation -- progressive on social issues, willing to run deficits to tackle income disparities, assertive on climate change and fervently internationalist in an era of populism. The push to the left would be accelerated if the Liberals are forced to team up with the NDP -- an alliance that will produce some trepidation in Canada’s energy sector, already saddled with reduced oil prices due to pipeline bottlenecks. Trudeau can also turn to other parties for support on a vote-by-vote basis.

Gallery: Justin Trudeau through the years (Photo Services)


One potential flash point may be the proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, which would carry crude from Alberta to a port near Vancouver. Trudeau’s government bought the pipeline last year to save its expansion after the previous owner, Kinder Morgan Inc., walked away. The NDP is anti-pipeline, and wants more aggressive moves to combat climate change.

Yet, if history is any guide, the Liberals will only need to make moderate concessions to remain in power, without undermining the nation’s finances or key economic objectives, which includes constructing the Trans Mountain pipeline that the NDP opposes.

“While there are some residual political uncertainties, we’re not likely to see dramatic changes from the broad outlines of the Liberal platform, or for that matter, even from where policies were headed prior to the vote,” Avery Shenfeld, chief economist at Canadian Imperial Bank of Canada, said in a note to investors.

Performance Rebuke

Extinction Rebellion members demonstrate as Liberal leader and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a rally as he campaigns for the upcoming election, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada October 20, 2019. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe © Thomson Reuters Extinction Rebellion members demonstrate as Liberal leader and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a rally as he campaigns for the upcoming election, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada October 20, 2019. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe Still, Trudeau will need to navigate carefully following a result that represented an undeniable rebuke of his performance over the past four years, without altogether turfing him from power.

The Liberal seat result is well off the 184 the party won in 2015, when Trudeau swept to power with a majority government. The Liberals also won with the lowest share of the popular vote -- currently at 33% -- for any governing party in the nation’s history, even trailing the rival opposition Conservative Party which won about 34% of ballots cast.

He’s also now overseeing a more divided nation than the one he inherited. The results exposed a stark regional divide. The Conservatives -- which have championed the oil sector -- were on pace to finish second with at least 122 districts, with the bulk of those in the four western provinces. The Bloc Quebecois are on pace to finish with 32 districts, more than triple their tally from 2015. The Liberals won only 15 seats west of Ontario.

Justin Trudeau, with his family, arrives to cast his ballot for today's election in the Papineau area of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, October 21, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri © Thomson Reuters Justin Trudeau, with his family, arrives to cast his ballot for today's election in the Papineau area of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, October 21, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

There is also a deep fault line between rural Canada and the nation’s biggest cities. The Liberals relied heavily on big wins in Toronto and Montreal to stay in power, and are governing with hardly any districts outside of large cities and Atlantic Canada.

The outcome likely ensures the survival, for now, of a national carbon price, introduced by Trudeau and deeply unpopular in a number of provinces. The Conservative Party had campaigned against the tax scheme, which also includes payments made to households as an offset.

It also may mean Trudeau will need to ramp up spending marginally more than promised. The Liberals pledged to increase the government deficit to C$27.4 billion ($21 billion) next year to fund new campaign promises, bringing it above 1% of gross domestic product for the first time since 2012. That’s even before any new measures needed to accommodate requests from the NDP to win their support.

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NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has said he will lay out six requests in exchange for his support in any minority parliament: a universal pharmacare plan and national dental care, investments in affordable housing, waiving interest on student loans, a “bold” plan on climate change, a tax on wealth and a price cap on mobile phone bills. Singh told a crowd of cheering supporters near Vancouver that he’s already spoken to Trudeau.

The Liberal Party is already pledging about C$10 billion in new annual spending by 2023 to finance a slew of new promises, including more generous child benefit payments and employment insurance, extra funding for post-secondary education, and an increase in the old age supplement for low-income pensioners.

Tory Setback

Trudeau’s victory amounted to a rejection of Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, who failed to extend his party’s strength enough in the energy-rich prairies into breakthroughs in Ontario and Quebec, Canada’s two most populous provinces. Scheer campaigned on a small-government, pocketbook-issue platform akin to his predecessor, Stephen Harper, who governed Canada from 2006 to 2015.

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer addresses supporters after he lost to Liberal leader Justin Trudeau in the federal election in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada October 21, 2019. REUTERS/Todd Korol © Thomson Reuters Conservative leader Andrew Scheer addresses supporters after he lost to Liberal leader Justin Trudeau in the federal election in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada October 21, 2019. REUTERS/Todd Korol

Trudeau’s minority government is the fourth in Canada’s past six elections. Harper governed through two minorities before finally winning a majority. Trudeau’s father, former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, was cut down to a minority in his second mandate, before winning two more majorities over the course of his political career.

To contact the reporters on this story: Josh Wingrove in Washington at [email protected];Theophilos Argitis in Ottawa at [email protected]

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Theophilos Argitis at [email protected], David Scanlan, Chris Fournier

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