Justin Trudeau is on track to win a third term as Canada’s prime minister, according to multiple national media outlets, with his Liberal party set to capture the most votes in the snap election.
With results still trickling in on Monday night, it was not clear if Trudeau would have the seats in parliament needed for a majority government, or if he would once again need to work with other parties to pass legislation with a minority government.
Elections Canada, which oversees the vote, had previously warned that some results would take days to be finalised as mail-in ballots are counted.
The prime minister gambled by calling an election in August in the hopes that the government’s pandemic response could boost his party’s power in parliament.
Monday’s result marked a defeat for Conservative leader Erin O’Toole, whose centrist campaign failed to persuade enough voters to toss out the Liberal party after six years in power. The last time the Conservative party won an election federally was in 2011.
Heading into the race, Trudeau’s Liberals held 155 seats in parliament, the Conservatives held 119 seats, the Bloc Quebecois held 32 seats and the NDP held 24 seats. The Green party had only two seats and there were five Independent MPs. At least 170 seats are needed for a majority government.
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