Justin Trudeau Survives Canada’s Snap Elections: An Untouched Legislative Composition Questions Trudeau’s Decision
Justin Trudeau has finally survived the risk of his political life in Canada, as he jumped into the snap elections prematurely just to gain a legislative majority.
As Trudeau is to stay as the Prime Minister of Canada, he wanted to run for elections two years before the actual election date because his legislative agenda was hindered by the coalition government.
Although he survived the reelection, he failed to gain the majority once again, putting his government back to square one.
Justin Trudeau Survives the Risk of His Political Life
The election was nothing less than a political gamble taken to outplay the opposition parties from the national political landscape.
Trudeau had the numbers before the elections to win the polls again.
But his inability to win the majority was already known to most of the political pundits, as the data showed that he could just fall short of winning the majority once again.
Nonetheless, now he has no other option other than taking the route of bipartisanship to enact the compromised legislation.
As a matter of fact, a party needs 170 seats to form a government in the country on its own. Although the final seat tally is expected to be disclosed in days to come, owing to the historic mail-in-balloting, however, Justin Trudeau’s Liberal party is expected to hold 158 seats.
The New Democratic Party (NDP) of Canada is going to be the possible kingmaker in the country’s legislature with some significant gains in the snap elections. The possible breakdown of the parliament will look something like this.
NDP: The New Kingmaker in Canada
With its possible tally of 25 seats, NDP can turn the tides for the ruling liberals who can lure them for some important positions in the government.
The NDP leader has already reiterated his support for Justin Trudeau’s party and is willing to back the government in some important legislation.
The Canadian snap elections have also proven the opposition’s claims that the snap elections are Justin Trudeau’s bid to grab power and nothing but a waste of money.
Justin Trudeau was already exercising the Prime Ministership under almost the same number of legislative seats.
The elections nearly did not impact his party position at all, making the elections questionable. He probably already knew with the help of data that he could win the seat once again, but the pursuit of the absolute majority was rather questionable.
Seen through this lens, Justin Trudeau has faced defeat in his goal of the elections, which was to grab at least 170 seats.
But still, the risk of a snap election was worth taking, considering that Justin Trudeau has struggled greatly in enacting his envisioned agenda.
It was a betting call that did not materialize at the end but gave a fair warning to all the parties in the country where are they standing two years before an actual election.
Future of Conservatism in Canada Can be Promising if They Continue Denouncing Core Right-Wing Ideologies
Both conservatives and liberals would try to become stronger in the upcoming elections of 2023.
The Canadian legislature has emerged the same once again at the expense of almost 600 million Canadian dollars, which were spent on the election.
The future of the new Conservative leader also remains uncertain, as he drifted away from some of the core conservative agendas.
This shift was seen as an attempt to attract liberal voters toward himself, but despite moving away from conservative agendas, the net gain is not something so encouraging.
Erin O’Toole, the new Conservative leader, took the party’s reins in 2019 after the old leader, Andrew Scheer, left the leadership.
It is pertinent to note here that this Conservative campaign was much better organized compared to their past bids, which manifests that the future of Conservatives can be bright if the new leader sticks to his moderate agenda and continue reinforcing the message of not too strict conservatism.
As the elections are decided now, Justin Trudeau needs to get back to work immediately, as he has already lost much of his time in staging the plot that did not yield anyone anything.
Teaming up with the NDP might be the only way that Liberals can promote their policy measure this time around, without any support from Conservative ranks.