On Monday, October 21st citizens across the country flocked to the polls casting ballots that would determine Canada’s government for the next four years. This federal election campaign included many controversies and the impending results of the election were something very much up in the air.
With all votes counted, it was determined early Tuesday morning that Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party would remain in power, however, this time as a minority government. The Conservative Party managed to take a significant number of seats back from the Liberals changing them from the majority government that they have been for the past four years and will continue to be the official opposition.
Additionally, the Bloc Québécois made significant gains in seats and may potentially hold some power within the House of Commons this upcoming term. The Green Party also managed to score more seats than they have had previously.
The New Democratic Party (NDP) is not to be discredited. Although they lost many seats in the House of Commons, NDP leader Jasmeet Singh is prepared to hold the balance of power in a Liberal Minority.
Although the Liberal Party won the most seats and will be forming the government for the next four years, the Conservative Party managed to win the popular vote. The Conservatives managed to take 6,139,185 of the votes in this election, claiming 34.4% of the popular vote. The Liberals only managed to claim 33.1%, a difference of about 243,000 votes.
Andrew Scheer announced that although his party may have lost the election, “More Canadians wanted us to win this election than any other party.”; In Alberta, the Conservatives took 33 of the 34 seats the province holds.
You can visit CBC to compare both the seat count and popular vote from 2015 to 2019.
With a Liberal minority government, leaders of all parties are interested to see how the next four years pan out and how that will play into the future of Canada.
Gains and Losses
Liberals went from having 177 seats to 157 for a total difference of -20.
Conservatives went from 95 to 121 seats, a gain of +26.
The Bloc triples its seats from 10 in 2015 to 32 in 2019 for a difference of +22.
The NDP went from 39 seats to 24, a difference of -15.
The Green Party gained an additional seat from 2015 now having 3 total seats.
People’s Party lost their only seat in this election and will not be represented in the House of Commons.
Other parties and Independents went from having 9 seats to 1, a loss of -8.