Yesterday’s election in Canada will leave Justin Trudeau and the Liberal party about where they were when they started:
Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau has won enough seats in this 44th general election to form another minority government — with voters signalling Monday they trust the incumbent to lead Canada through the next phase of the pandemic fight by handing him a third mandate with a strong plurality.
After a 36-day campaign and a $600-million election, the final seat tally doesn’t look very different from the composition of the House of Commons when it was dissolved in early August — prompting even more questions about why a vote was called during a fourth wave of the pandemic in the first place.
As of 2:30 a.m. ET, Liberal candidates were leading or elected in 157 ridings, the exact same number of seats that party won in the 2019 contest.
It’s a reversal of fortunes for Trudeau. He launched this campaign with a sizeable lead in the polls — only to see his support crater days later as many voters expressed anger with his decision to call an election during this health crisis. Two middling debate performances by Trudeau and renewed questions about past scandals also put a Liberal victory in question.
Two members of the Liberal cabinet lost their ridings, as did the leader of the Greens. Other than that, the NDP made almost no gains, and the Conservative’s attempt to cast themselves as kinder, gentler moderates didn’t do them much good. The nutcase anti-vax, anti-mask, climate-change-denying People’s Party repeated their last election goose egg results.
In Justin’s defense, he’s not as smart as his dad, and the high quality graphic below shows that the day he called the election, COVID appeared to be under control: