Canadian election ends with stunning turnaround

Added by on October 20, 2015

Liberal leader and incoming prime minister Justin Trudeau is seen on stage at Liberal party headquarters in Montreal early Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 after winning the 42nd Canadian general election

Liberal leader and incoming prime minister Justin Trudeau is seen on stage at Liberal party headquarters in Montreal early Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015 after winning the 42nd Canadian general election

In a stunning comeback propelled by a national desire for change, Canadians on Monday elected a Liberal government thereby ending a nine-year era of Conservative rule.

While many critics and opponents described the leader of the Liberal Party, Justin Trudeau, as shallow and inexperienced, he is now the second Trudeau to lead Canada.

The Liberal party had emerged at the top of a number of polls with the Conservatives a close second. The election result is a sweep for the Liberals with 184 out of 382 seats, beating the Conservatives which now hold just 99 seats – down from 159 in the previous election in 2011.

The Canadian election became a referendum of sorts, say experts, of the Conservative leader’s heavy-handed approach, changes to the country’s tax system, military focus on external affairs, severe criminal punishments, and focus on issues that are important to only one part of the country rather than issues important to the rest of the country’s population.

The Conservative party leader was re-elected in his riding, allowing him to continue serving as leader of the party, yet it was announced shortly after the final results were in that he was stepping down. He called on the party’s caucus to appoint an interim leader.

The Liberal Party platform was, in part, based on running a deficit to prop up the Canadian economy – an approach the Conservative party had written off as a bad move.