Canadians Re-elect Justin Trudeau with Minority Government

Liberal candidates were leading or elected in 157 ridings, the exact same number of seats that party won in the 2019 contest.
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Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau will form another minority government in the 44th Canadian election.

After a 36-day campaign and a $600-million election, the House of Commons will not look much different than when it was dissolved in early August. The Trudeau government will be given a minority mandate for four more years after one of the shortest election cycles in Canadian history.

“To my fellow Canadians there is no greater honour than serving you”, said Trudeau during a late night acceptance speech.

Trudeau called this election on Aug. 15 with the goal of finishing the fight against the pandemic and leadership of the country into a post-pandemic recovery. He promised a plan for child care, more aggressive climate action and a fix for Canada’s housing shortage.

Trudeau said the result suggests Canadians are “sending us back to work with a clear mandate to get Canada through this pandemic and to brighter days ahead. The moment we face demands real, important change, and you have given this Parliament and this government clear direction.”

There were changes to several individual seats which will be decided when all mail in ballots are counted,

Here are the key individual riding results of the 2021 federal election:

• Prime Minister Justin Trudeau re-elected in the Quebec riding of Papineau, ahead of second-place finisher Christine Pare.

• Chrystia Freeland, minister of finance and deputy prime minister, was re-elected over the NDP’s Nicole Robicheau in the Toronto riding of University-Rosedale.

• Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan re-elected in the Newfoundland and Labrador riding of St. John’s South-Mount Pearl.

• Sean Fraser, the parliamentary secretary to the minister of finance for middle class prosperity, re-elected in the Nova Scotia riding of Central Nova over Conservative Steven Cotter.

• Minister of Veterans Affairs Lawrence MacCauley won his seat for the 11th straight time in the Prince Edward Island riding of Cardigan, defeating Conservative Wayne Phelan.

• Liberal Jenica Atwin, who was elected for the Green Party in 2019 but crossed the floor in June, won a nail-biter over Conservative Andrea Johnson in the New Brunswick riding of Fredericton. For much of the evening, Atwin trailed in the count, but pulled ahead late.

Losers

• Fisheries and Oceans Minister Bernadette Jordan lost her seat in Nova Scotia’s South Shore-St. Margarets to Conservative Rick Perkins.

• Maryam Monsef, the minister for women and gender equality and rural economic development, lost her seat to Conservative Michelle Ferreri in the Ontario riding of Peterborough-Kawartha.

• Minister of Seniors Deb Schulte lost her seat in the Ontario riding of King-Vaughan to Conservative Anna Roberts.

• Liberal Lenore Zann lost to Conservative Stephen Ellis in the Nova Scotia riding of Cumberland-Colchester. Lenore, a former NDP MLA and leadership candidate for the party, crossed to the Liberals in 2019 and won the federal seat.

Conservatives

• Leader Erin O’Toole defeated Liberal Jonathan Giancroce in the Ontario riding of Durham with about 50 per cent of the vote.

NDP

• Leader Jagmeet Singh retained his seat in the Burnaby South riding, fighting back a challenge by Liberal Brea Huang Sami.

• Blake Desjarlais, a Metis candidate, upset incumbent Conservative Kerry Diotte in Edmonton-Griesbach.

Bloc Quebecois

• Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet was re-elected in the riding of Beloeil-Chambly with about 54 per cent of the vote, defeating Liberal Marie-Chantal Hamel.

People’s Party of Canada

• Leader Maxime Bernier was defeated by Conservative incumbent Richard Lehoux in the Quebec riding of Beauce.

Green Party

• Former leader Elizabeth May retained her seat in the B.C. riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands, taking 38 per cent of the vote ahead of Conservative David Busch.

• Leader Annamie Paul failed to win the seat in Toronto Centre, losing to Liberal Marci Ien. 

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