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Trudeau’s Liberals win majority
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Justin Trudeau
EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
It was the birth of Canada’s first political dynasty and a stunning victory for Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party.

Starting with a sweep of Atlantic Canada and then huge gains in Southern Quebec and British Columbia, mostly at the expense of the New Democratic Party, the Liberals went on to capture 184 of 338 seats in the next House of Commons and secured a majority government during the country’s 42nd federal election on Monday.

“Sunny ways my friends, sunny ways,” Trudeau told a jubilant crowd in his Montreal riding of Papineau, invoking former prime minister Wilfrid Laurier.

It was a remarkable showing for the Liberals. After the last election in 2011, the party held just 34 seats and fell to third place for the first time in its history. Several polls over the past week predicted a Liberal minority government but few predicted the NDP’s poor showing, especially in Quebec, which helped the Liberals win 40 seats in that province.

Justin Trudeau, 43, will become the country’s second youngest prime minister and the first to follow a parent into office; it has been about 47 years since his father Pierre Elliott Trudeau was first elected.

After an exhausting 78-day campaign, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative Party’s nine-year reign has come to an end.
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The Conservatives were reduced to 99 seats from 159 and will form the Official Opposition. Harper delivered a concession speech Monday night in Calgary where he promised that the Conservatives would be a strong Official Opposition, offering "Canada a strong and clear alternative" to the Liberals.

“The disappointment you all feel, is my responsibility and mine alone,” he said.

He did not state his intention to step down as party leader but the president of the Conservative Party issued a statement saying he has been instructed to “reach out to the newly instructed parliamentary caucus to appoint an interim leader.”

The NDP, which had previously formed the Official Opposition, held on to only 44 seats and has fallen to third place.

Elections Canada is reporting that 68.5 per cent of the country’s 25.6 million eligible voters cast their ballots in this election making for Canada’s highest voter turnout since 1993.
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