MONTREAL – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals held onto power after a closely fought election but were reduced to a minority government that will need the support in Parliament of a smaller left-leaning party.
The vote showed a divided country with the defeated Conservatives winning the popular vote, while a separatist Bloc Quebecois made big strides in the mainly French-speaking province of Quebec.
The Liberals had won or were leading in 156 out of 338 seats on Monday’s vote, according to Elections Canada. That put the Liberals far short of the 170 seats needed for a second straight majority government.
Trudeau, who took power in 2015 as a charismatic figure promising “sunny ways,” saw his popularity drop over old photos of him in blackface and his handling of a corporate corruption case. He will now have to rely on the New Democratic Party to push through key legislation.
Ahead of the vote, opinion polls showed a tight race between Trudeau and his main rival, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer.(Reuters)