The first forecasts for the election in Canada are available – and therefore, the former Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with his liberals got the most votes, but the absolute majority apparently lost. The predicted, inter alia, the public broadcaster CBC. This result would mean that the liberals would have to take a minority government. They would need toleration for governing by smaller parties, such as the Social Democrats or the Greens.
Already in the run-up to a tight race between Trudeau and his conservative challenger Andrew Scheer had signed off. Around 27 million citizens in Canada were invited to vote for new MPs. They are elected by direct election according to the majority principle.
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Trudeau has been leading the North American government since 2015. His record after four years is mixed. Although he has legalized marijuana as promised and has taken in more than 25,000 Syrian refugees. However, he could not keep some of his election promises, such as an electoral reform or a balanced budget until 2019.
In recent months, Trudeau also caused a stir with scandals. First, it was announced that he wanted to suppress investigations against the Canadian company SNC-Lavalin for bribery in Libya – an ethics committee certified him wrong behavior. In September, a 20-year-old picture emerged, showing Trudeau's dark-painted face at a party. The Prime Minister apologized for his "racist" behavior.
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The Conservatives led an anti-Trudeau election campaign. Scheer berated the PM among other things as a "cheater" who dupes the Canadian people. In terms of content, he promised the citizens "more money in their pockets" in the face of concerns about rising prices. The conservative electorate is traditionally more rural, especially in the central provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Climate change also played a major role in the election campaign: while the Conservatives want to reverse the CO2 tax introduced by the Liberals, the policies of the Trudeau government do not go far enough for many others. Canada is about to miss its own climate targets. In addition, many Canadians resent Trudeau, once hailed as a "sonny boy", that although he has always presented himself as an environmentalist and fighter against climate change, he has approved a new oil pipeline across the country.