Canada elections 2019: Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party set to form minority government

Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party has managed to secure another term in power after a tightly fought election. Liberals won 157 seats, 13 short of the 170 needed to form a government on their own. The Liberals are now set to form a minority government with support from smaller left-leaning parties. The Liberals’ score was 20 seats less than what they had won in the 2015 elections. The opposition Conservative Party won 121 seats in the 388-member House.

“Started the morning thanking Montrealers for their support, just like I did in 2015. I know we have a lot more work ahead of us”, he tweeted.

On Monday, the thanked Canadians for having trust in his team.

“Thank you, Canada, for putting your trust in our team and for having faith in us to move this country in the right direction. Regardless of how you cast your vote, our team will work hard for all Canadians”, he wrote in a Twitter post.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated Trudeau on the occasion.

“India and Canada are connected by shared values and a strong commitment to democracy as well as plurality. Looking forward to working together to further strengthen bilateral relations”, Modi wrote on Twitter.

US President Donald Trump also took the opportunity to congratulate Trudeau on a ‘wonderful and hard fought victory’.

Trudeau, who took power in 2015, had been rocked by two serious scandals. The first involved photos of him in blackface and brownface, and the other involving political interference with federal prosecution.

Former US President Barrack Obama endorsed him during the last days of his campaigning.

Accompanied by his family, Trudeau voted in Montreal on Monday after a marathon sprint campaigning across the country in the past four days.