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Trudeau's Liberals re-elected with a minority
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Oct 22, 2019
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Canadians re-elected a Liberal government with a minority mandate. (Valerie Blum/EPA/CP)

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It’s a Liberal minority

While many were expecting a nail-biter of a night, it took major news organizations less than an hour after polls closed in most of the country to declare Justin Trudeau’s Liberals had won a minority government. Nationally, the Liberals are leading or elected in 157 seats, the Conservatives in 121, the Bloc Québécois in 32, the NDP in 24, and the Green party in 3. There will also be one independent MP – Jody Wilson-Raybould. Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party of Canada failed to win any seats.

The Liberals owe much of their success to Ontario. They are leading or elected in 79 seats across the province, while the Conservatives have 36 and the NDP have 6.

Notable Ontario results include Liberal candidate and former Olympic kayak champion Adam van Koeverden defeating high-profile Conservative MP Lisa Raitt in Milton, the NDP’s Brian Masse staving off a challenge from former provincial Liberal cabinet minister Sandra Pupatello in Windsor West, and Conservative Eric Melillo winning a competitive three-way race in Kenora.


UN report blasts housing conditions in Indigenous communities

A report submitted to the UN General Assembly says Indigenous people must deal with “overwhelmingly abhorrent” housing in Canada and around the world. According to the Globe and Mail, the report also highlights poor water systems on many reserves, including in Ontario. “In a country with more fresh water than anywhere else in the world, 75 per cent of the reserves in Canada have contaminated water, with communities such as Attawapiskat declaring a state of emergency,” it reads. The author of the report is Leilani Farha, UN special rapporteur on adequate housing and a Canadian lawyer. Watch this interview she did on The Agenda about her efforts to make housing a human right.


Paramedics sound alarm about ambulance delays in Ottawa

Ottawa paramedics are concerned about the growing number of days the city’s ambulance system experiences “level zero”  — when every ambulance is busy and unable to respond to other emergencies. Paramedics who spoke to the CBC described the consequences of level zero, including a chemotherapy patient with a dangerous fever having to wait three hours for help and seniors with broken bones waiting more than an hour before an ambulance arrived. “We hear level-zero alarms every day. It’s the new norm,” Darryl Wilton of the Professional Paramedic Association of Ottawa says. Hospital backlogs, which force paramedics to wait with patients until they are admitted, are widely considered the main cause of the problem.


Ford makes a minor cabinet shuffle

Premier Doug Ford announced a slight tweak to his cabinet Monday. There were no new ministers, and no one lost their job, but Minister of Colleges and Universities Ross Romano saw his responsibility for training and skills development handed over to Minister of Labour Monte McNaughton. And Lisa MacLeod adds heritage to her portfolio, which already included sport, tourism and culture.



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The Agenda: A better question period 

Question period at the Ontario legislature is a chance for the opposition to hold government to account. But the heat and pitch of these proceedings have been intensifying. The Agenda looks at whether anything can be done to improve this traditional — and central — part of our democracy.


The Dictator’s Playbook: Idi Amin

Idi Amin came from humble beginnings, rising through the ranks as a soldier in the British colonial army, and built a powerful dictatorship in Uganda that lasted eight years. Learn how one of the most notorious despots in African history became an expert at employing populist charm and military force, backed up by a vast police state.



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How Jean Chrétien led the Liberals to an Ontario blowout in 1993

For a brief time, Canada had a female prime minister when Kim Campbell won the Progressive Conservative leadership after then-prime minister Brian Mulroney retired in 1993. As Ontario history buff Jamie Bradburn writes, Campbell’s missteps during the subsequent federal election campaign that year saw Jean Chrétien rise to power, with the Liberals taking all but one of the available Ontario seats. The election campaign also became known as one of the nastiest. “On October 14, the PCs launched a new series of television attack ads in Ontario, featuring unflattering closeups of Chrétien’s face and voiceovers questioning his leadership ability,” writes Bradburn. “Viewers of all political stripes were upset by the suggestion that Chrétien was being mocked for his facial disfigurement — and flooded television stations and PC campaign offices with angry calls.”


Tonight on TVO


8 p.m. — The Agenda: Election analysis

Journalists and party strategists evaluate the results of the federal election. Former Conservative strategist Melissa Lantsman, Green party deputy leader Abhijeet Manay, former NDP strategist Kiavash Najafi, former journalist Jane Taber, and former Liberal strategist David Herle join Steve Paikin to discuss. 


9 p.m. — Propaganda: The Art of Selling Lies

Throughout history, people have been easily seduced by propaganda in its many forms. Larry Weinstein’s latest documentary traces the art of persuasion from ancient cave drawings to the present age of social media, where we are bombarded by more messages than ever before. Contemporary artists, including Kent Monkman, Shepard Fairey, and Ai Weiwei, are featured in the world broadcast premiere of this TVO Original documentary.



From the archive


July 1999 — Frida Kahlo

Mexican artist Frida Kahlo married the muralist Diego Rivera not once, but twice. Their relationship — and her famed self-portraits, which documented her inner life — is the stuff of legend. This brief history looks at the tragic and triumphant moments in her life, from a near-fatal trolley accident to her numerous affairs with other famous men and women, including Leon Trotsky and Georgia O’Keeffe.

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