Haliburton, Ont. – As Canadians are waking up more after Justin Trudeau came to power after Monday’s election, international media reacted to the prime minister’s “gamble”.
After five weeks of campaigning during a pandemic, and mail-in ballots yet to be counted, the Liberals are clinging to power despite coming down short to win a majority.
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As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, the Liberals were elected in 158 ridings, while the Conservatives had won 119, the Bloc Québécois 34, the NDP 25, the Green 2 and the People’s Party of Canada 0.
Here’s a look at how some of the international media covered the Canadian general election.
The prime minister gambled by calling an election in August in the hope that the government’s response to the pandemic could bolster his party’s power in parliament.
But rival parties quickly dishonored, accusing the prime minister of conducting a “vanity project” during the fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
“With his moderate high in the polls, Trudeau plunged the country into an early election in August, in the hope that the party could secure at least 15 additional seats in the House of Commons to elevate his current minority to a more powerful majority. can be changed.
Instead, Trudeau returns with nearly the same number of seats in the prime minister’s office as his liberals had when he called the summer midterm election.
Trudeau called the snap election in mid-August in his minority government barely two years away, betting he can capitalize on his handling of the pandemic to gain a majority.
But according to national tracking polls over the past few days, the once-friendly polls for Trudeau and his liberals reversed sharply, with the Conservative Party’s O’Toole fighting his way into a statistical tie.”
Trudeau, 49, came to power in 2015 on the promise of ‘real change,’ casting himself as a feminist climate warrior and champion of liberal values. He has since been surrounded by scandals, including revelations that He wore blackface make-up as a younger man.His government was reduced to a minority in 2019.
But even after six years of stuff and unfulfilled promises, the race was not expected to be close. And although Trudeau remained in power, the result could be seen as a disappointment to the leader of the telegenic Liberal Party that could renew questions about his decision.
“The election, which took place during the fourth pandemic wave in Canada, was the most expensive in the country’s history, costing some C$600M. The projected result could see a parliament strikingly similar to the one elected just two years earlier in 2019 telling.
The snap election call to send Canadians to the polls for the second time in two years was widely seen as a bid by Trudeau to secure a majority government and he struggled to explain why a Why was the campaign necessary? Conservative leader Erin O’Toole suggested it was a waste of time and money.”