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Canada elects Liberal minority government

Canada elects Liberal minority government

The Liberals are elected or leading in 158 ridings

By Diego Flammini
Staff Writer

Canadians voted for another Liberal minority government Monday night.

As of Tuesday morning, the Liberals are elected or leading in 158 ridings, three more than it had at dissolution last month and 12 seats short of the 170 seats needed for a majority.

“You are sending us back to work with a clear mandate to get Canada through this pandemic, and to the brighter days ahead, and my friends, that’s exactly what we are ready to do,” Prime Minister Trudeau said in his victory speech.

Erin O’Toole’s Conservatives are elected or leading in 119 ridings and will form the official opposition.

The Bloc Québécois and Yves Francois-Blanchet are elected or leading in 34 ridings and Jagmeet Singh’s NDP are winning 25 ridings. The Green Party won two seats.

Green Party Leader Annamie Paul didn’t win her riding of Toronto Centre.

And Maxime Bernier, leader of the People’s Party of Canada, didn’t win in his Quebec riding of Beauce. And his party failed to capture any seats.

From an ag perspective, multiple familiar faces will be returning to Ottawa.

Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau won in the Quebec riding of Compton-Stanstead by 3,334 votes over Bloc candidate Nathalie Bresse.

Bibeau’s critics from the other parties also won re-election.

Lianne Rood, the Conservative ag critic, won in Ontario’s Lambton-Kent-Middlesex riding by more than 16,000 votes over Liberal candidate Sudit Ranade.

In British Columbia, the people of Cowichan-Malahat-Langford re-elected Alistair MacGregor, the ag critic for the NDP. He won by more than 7,000 votes over Conservative candidate Alana DeLong.

And in Quebec, Yves Perron, the ag critic for the Bloc, won re-election in the riding of Berthier-Maskinongé over NDP candidate Ruth Ellen Brosseau by a margin of 923 votes.

Multiple Liberal cabinet ministers also won re-election.

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau and International Trade Minister Mary Ng, for example, were re-elected in their respective ridings.

Two cabinet ministers, however, did not survive the election night results.

In Nova Scotia, Bernadette Jordan, the minister of fisheries, oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard at the time of the election call, lost in South Shore-St. Margarets to Conservative Rick Perkins.

And in Ontario’s Peterborough-Kawartha riding, Maryam Monsef, the minister of rural economic development, lost her seat to Conservative candidate Michelle Ferreri.

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