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Federal Election Reversal

JT's Liberals to form majority government

A total of 88 women were sent to House

Waterloo - Justin Trudeau’s Liberals will form a majority government after capturing 184 seats in the October 19, 2015 "about face" election. The Conservatives will form the Official Opposition. This will be the second time for Canada to be led by a Trudeau, as the 43-year-old Liberal leader follows in the footsteps of his father, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, who served as prime minister for almost 16 years before retiring in 1984. Stephen Harper will step down as leader of the party, according to a party statement

Bruce Anderson, one of CBC’s At Issue panelists, called Justin Trudeau’s ascent to prime minister as a “campaign for the ages.” Sure, Trudeau is the scion of a former PM. But he defied great odds to win. Anderson goes on to say that the Liberals started the campaign with a mere 37 seats in the House of Commons and were polling in third place. But once the ballots were all counted, the Liberals had taken 184 seats.

Trudeau’s astounding success also highlights the reversals of fortune for both the Conservatives, who have governed since 2006, and the NDP, who were first in the polls going into this 11-week campaign.

The Conservatives won the 2011 election with 166 seats, while the NDP finished with 103.

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