Election update: What you need to know for October 22

Liberals win a minority government — now what?
By H.G. Watson - Published on Oct 22, 2019
Man waves at podium.
Prime minister Justin Trudeau waves to the crowd during a victory speech in Montreal. (Valerie Blum/EPA)

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Here’s our daily look at what’s happening on the federal campaign trail.

  • The Liberals will form a minority government in the 43rd Canadian Parliament. The Liberals won 157 seats, the Conservatives 121 seats, the Bloc Quebecois 32 seats, the NDP 24 seats and the Green Party three seats. Jody Wilson-Raybould was also re-elected as an Independent. (Ballots are still being counted in some ridings, so those numbers may shift slightly.)
  • According to CBC News, the Conservatives won a majority of the popular vote by a small margin — 34.5 per cent of the vote compared to the Liberals 33 per cent. Preliminary voter turnout is just under 66 per cent. “From coast to coast to coast tonight, Canadians rejected division and negativity. They rejected cuts and austerity and they voted in favour of a progressive agenda and strong action on climate change,” Liberal leader Justin Trudeau said in his acceptance speech.
  • So, we have a minority government — now what happens? To rule effectively, the Liberals will need to win the support of the other parties in Parliament. Global News broke down what all the leaders have said about coalitions. While both Green Party leader Elizabeth May and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh have signaled they are potentially willing to work with another party, both are opposed to the Trans Mountain pipeline project. Meanwhile, the Bloc’s vote will depend on whether the measure is good for Quebec or not.
  • Conservative leader Andrew Scheer won about 20 more seats than Stephen Harper did in 2015. However, he failed to make significant gains in Atlantic Canada, Quebec, or Ontario. According to CBC News, he gave no indication he would resign during his speech last night. His leadership may come under question. “Under the Conservative Party constitution, if the party fails to form government — and if the leader has not yet formally signalled an intention to resign — then delegates can vote at the next party convention to hold a leadership race. If more than 50 per cent of the votes cast at the convention favour such an option, that would trigger a leadership race,” wrote CBC News reporter John Paul Tasker.
  • The Bloc Quebecois, led by Yves-François Blanchet, have returned to Parliament with the most amount of seats it’s had in almost eight years, once again gaining official party status. “The party rose from its deathbed to finish first among francophone Quebec voters on Monday, proof both of Mr. Blanchet’s unsuspected political smarts and the enduring strength of Quebec nationalism. The Bloc is a player again in national politics. That stands to make the next Parliament far more raucous than the last one,” writes Globe and Mail columnist Konrad Yakabuski.
  • People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier failed to hold on to the riding he has held since 2006, losing to Conservative candidate Richard Lehoux. In his concession speech, Bernier claimed that the PPC are still the “newest and fastest-growing federal party in the country” despite the fact that the party did not win a single seat.
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