Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ruling Liberals will make a minority government, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp projected on Monday after polls ended across the country. The Liberals were elected in 146 out of 304 electoral regions that had reported results by about 10:30 p.m. EDT (0230 GMT on Tuesday), the CBC said. Trudeau requires to win 170 seats to ensure a second majority government.
A minority government in the 338-seat House of Commons would leave Trudeau in a vulnerable position and needing the help of left-leaning opposition parties to get through key pieces of legislation. Ahead of the vote, polls showed a close race across the country as Trudeau, who took power as a charming figure promising “sunny ways,” battled Conservative head Andrew Scheer for the opportunity to make the next government.
Trudeau, 47, the Liberal Party leader, was endorsed by previous U.S. President Barack Obama in the final part of the campaign and is seen as one of the last left growing leaders among the world’s vital democracies. But he was moved during the campaign by a blackface issue and has been dogged by disapproval of his handling of a corruption issue with a major Canadian construction company. Trudeau, the son of the late Liberal Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, has also had to defeat a sense of fatigue with his government.
Trudeau, given company by his family, voted in Montreal on Monday after a marathon sprint campaigning over the country in the past four days. Scheer voted in his Saskatchewan electoral region.
On social media, Trudeau constantly urged people to get out and vote. Voter number is crucial for the Liberals, who privately are scared of low engagement will affect them.