Canadians happy with the Liberal government’s handling of the pandemic and economy.
By: Rawan Alshehri
After months of speculation, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Rideau Hall in August to ask newly-minted Governor-General Mary Simon to dissolve the 43rd Parliament. That dissolution of parliament lead to a short election period that was held on Monday, September 20th, 2021.
As a result, the Liberal party maintained its position as governing party as expected. However, they did not win the majority, which is something they were hoping to achieve in order to pass legislation that would benefit all Canadians. With the Liberals voted back in with another minority government, they will once again be relying on other parties for support.
With minor changes in the number of seats won by each party, things look a lot like they did on election night 2019. Both the Liberals and NDP gained one seat bringing their respected totals to 158 and 25. The Bloc Québécois netted two seats increasing its total to 34. Meanwhile, the Conservatives are down two seats from 2019, to 119, and the Green party also down a seat bringing its total in the House of Commons to two.
Celebrating his win Trudeau tweeted: “Thank you, Canada — for casting your vote, for putting your trust in the Liberal team, for choosing a brighter future. We’re going to finish the fight against COVID. And we’re going to move Canada forward. For everyone.”. Although it is clear why he called for an early election, it might have not been the best timing for the people to go out to the polls and vote, considering the current state of the pandemic. That being said, Canadians have signaled they liked how the government has handled the pandemic and are not ready for change as of yet.
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