Sep 21, 2021

By Jane Brown

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Canadians have chosen another minority Liberal government and given Justin Trudeau a mandate to finish the fight against COVID-19 and rebuild the Canadian economy.

(Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arriving for his victory speech in Montreal on Tuesday. Credit, Dave Chan/Getty Images)

“I hear you when you say you just want to get back to the things you love,” Trudeau told a Montreal crowd, “Not worry about this pandemic or about an election, that you just want to know that your members of parliament of all stripes will have your back through this crisis and beyond.”

No party reached the 170 seats needed to declare a majority, highlighted by Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole in his concession speech.

“Tonight, Canadians did not give Mr. Trudeau a majority mandate he wanted,” O’Toole said to a crowd of supporters in Durham, “In fact, Canadians sent him back with another minority at the cost of $600-million and deeper divisions in our great country.”

How stable the Liberal minority government will be, is largely up to Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-Francois Blanchet and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh.

“We are never going to give up fighting for you and your families as we have done in the pandemic, as we’ve shown you in this campaign,” Singh told a Burnaby, B.C. gathering, “We will continue to make sure you are first, your families are taken care of, that your needs are met. That’s what New Democrats are all about.”

There are some tight contests that will be determined with the counting of 800,000 mail-in ballots, a process to begin on Tuesday.

But early results show the Liberals are leading or elected in 158 ridings.

Erin O’Toole’s Conservatives are leading or elected in 121 seats, Jagmeet Singh’s NDP gained two seats to 26, while the Bloc Quebecois was down one to 31.

The Green party still holds two seats, but leader Annamie Paul failed to win a seat in Parliament, placing fourth to Liberal incumbent Marci Ien in Toronto Centre.

People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier also did not get elected in Quebec’s Beauce riding.

The Greater Toronto Area has once again provided the Liberals a path to victory in the federal election.

Nearly all of the City of Toronto ridings were won by the Liberals, with Davenport still to be decided and Spadina-Fort York represented by former Liberal candidate, now Independent Kevin Vuong.

In the GTA, all but one riding went to the Liberals in Peel Region and the Liberals had a net gain of one seat in York region.

In Durham, all of the incumbents were elected including Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole.

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