The Liberal Party of the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, would win the general election in the country, according to projections from the Canadian public broadcaster CBC and CTV News.
The ruling party would have won more seats than the opposition conservatives in Monday’s elections, although it is not yet clear whether Trudeau’s party could reach an absolute majority of 170 seats.
Specifically, Trudeau’s Liberal Party would lead with 155 of the 338 seats of the House of Commons, in front of the 123 seats of the Conservatives.
Trudeau’s victory is a milestone in Canadian history as it would mean the re-election of the prime minister to face his third term since he won the 2015 elections.
Thousands of Canadians went to the polls on Monday after a frenzied election campaign to set up a new government that will have to deal, in the first instance, with the economic recovery that follows the health crisis caused by the pandemic.
With the data slightly in your favor, Trudeau Liberals Benefit of a contest that was called in advance in a show of confidence on the part of the head of Government and two years after the end of his mandate.
Debates last week appear to have favored the Liberal Party, although polls pointed to a narrow lead over the Conservatives led by Erin O’Toole.
Accustomed to minority governments, Canadians would have to grant at least fifteen more seats than they already had to the Liberal Party so that the formation could legislate without the need for the support of the opposition, as has happened during the years. last two years. It is common for minority governments in Canada to be made up of the parties with the largest number of seats, although this is not strictly necessary.
Trailing the Conservatives in popularity were Jagmeet Singh’s New Democratic Party (NPD), a former lawyer and ‘TikTok’ star who was listed as a favorite among many Canadians.
For his part, O’Toole had been trying for weeks to reduce the prime minister’s advantage by taking advantage of the criticism leveled against the Government for calling the elections when the country is going through the fourth wave of Covid-19 infections.
For many, the key to these choices lay in whether they are understood as a referendum on Trudeau’s management or a new opportunity for the Government -as the liberals try to sell it-.
Climate change, in the spotlight
In a year that has been marked by high temperatures and the management of public health, the parties have concentrated their efforts on drawing up recovery plans that will allow Canadians to return to normalcy as soon as possible.
The population has expressed its concern about climate change and the environment, and the government that emanates from these elections has to prepare against the clock for the UN climate summit, to be held in November in Glasgow, UK.
There are serious doubts about the country’s ability to meet its greenhouse gas emission target, a plan that seeks to reduce emissions by 40 percent from 2005 levels and by 2030.
Global warming was already a central issue in the campaign for the 2019 federal elections and sparked numerous protests and marches in cities such as Montreal, where Swedish activist Greta Thunberg led a massive demonstration.
However, and although voters have brought other issues to the table such as access to housing, the impact of the vaccination passport on small businesses and the care of people with disabilities, the elections are fundamentally used to address economic issues in the it was post-pandemic.
Reconciliation and indigenous peoples
The discovery of more than a thousand unidentified graves in former boarding schools for the forced assimilation of the Indian population has caused the controversy at the national level in a country that once again faces its own capacity for reconciliation between different communities.
Although the issue has gone to the background throughout the electoral campaign, Canadian flags remain at half mast and statues related to these types of residences have been removed from public places.
When Trudeau called the elections, one in five Canadians ranked reconciliation as one of their top priorities, as the polls indicated. However, the issue lost importance among voters despite recognizing the importance of repairing the indigenous peoples of the country.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism