Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will Serve 2nd Term



Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after his re-election.

  Canadians took to the polls Monday October 21 to decide the fate of the country’s politics. Unlike American Presidential elections, Canadians vote in members from political parties. The winning political party, which gains the majority of seats in the House of Commons, will choose their Prime Minister and form a new government. This is similar to how the Speaker of the House is chosen in the United States House of Representatives. 

  Prime Minister Trudeau’s party, the Liberal Party, gained enough seats to form a minority government. This ensures that Trudeau will serve as Prime Minister again. In his victory speech, Trudeau said, “From coast to coast to coast, tonight Canadians rejected division and negativity. They rejected cuts and austerity. They voted in favor of a progressive agenda and strong action on climate change…We will make life more affordable, we will continue to fight climate change, we will get guns off our streets.”

  The Liberal Party lost its majority in the House of Commons and the popular vote, but have enough seats to keep a minority government. Out of the 338 seats up, the Liberal Party won 157, the Conservative Party won 121 seats, the Bloc Quebecois Party won 32 seats, the New Democratic Party (NDP) won four seats, and the last four seats went to independents and minority parties. 

  A new government in Canada will affect the United States. Prime Minister Trudeau wants the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which the NDP and the Green parties oppose. Trudeau has said “For too long we have been selling our natural resources to the United States at a discount…Getting our resources to markets other than the United States and getting that done as quickly as possible remains a priority.” According to NPR, “it [the pipeline] would give the western province, which has the world’s third-largest oil reserves, direct access to Asian markets, bypassing U.S. refineries that now process 99% of its crude.” 

  The new government in Canada will affect the United States economically and politically.