In a turn to the left, Canadian voters handed a landslide to a legacy candidate, Justin Trudeau. Late polls showed a Liberal Party win, but the final result was well outside the expected margin (17% possible to 34% result). His party received an absolute majority of 184 seats in a parliament that needs 170 to control.
Pierre Trudeau, Justin’s father, served as prime minister for 15 years from 1968 (the Nixon election) to 1984 (the Reagan re-election), with one short break. Justin delivered his father’s eulogy in 2000 and started the talk of his possible career in politics.
Photo: Andrew Vaughan/Canadian Press
On election night, Trudeau announced Liberals had beaten fear with hope, and 70 percent of Canadians had told pollsters they wanted change.
Justin’s Liberal Agenda
- Legalize marijuana (use Colorado’s model)
- Raise taxes on the 1%, lower on middle class
- Climate change policy in 90 days after Paris summit
- Funds and rights for indigenous people
Canadian campaigns are brief, but intense – a little over two months (78 days) with five debates. Conservative Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, saw the difficult re-election slip away at the end as the forces of change and liberalism consolidated behind the Liberal Party and Trudeau.
"Canadian campaigns are brief, but intense"
USA campaigns are continuous and vitriolic.
Ours sound more interesting.
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