Date
23 July 2017
Justin Trudeau gives a victory speech in Montreal on Monday after his Liberal Party won Canada's federal election. Photo: Reuters
Justin Trudeau gives a victory speech in Montreal on Monday after his Liberal Party won Canada's federal election. Photo: Reuters

Justin Trudeau sweeps to power in Canada federal election

Justin Trudeau will be Canada’s new prime minister as his Liberal Party won a stunning victory over the rival Conservatives in federal elections on Monday.

Stephen Harper, the Conservatives leader and the incumbent PM, conceded defeat, ending his party’s nine-year run in power, Reuters reported.

Justin Trudeau, 43, is the son of Pierre Trudeau, who had served as Canada’s prime minister from April 1968 to June 1979 and again from March 1980 to June 1984.

The new PM, who will be second-youngest head of the government in the country’s history, rode to power on the promise of change.

He pledged to run a C$10 billion annual budget deficit for three years to invest in infrastructure and help stimulate Canada’s anemic economic growth.

“My friends, we beat fear with hope. We beat cynicism with hard work. We beat negative, divisive politics with a positive vision that brings Canadians together,” he told a crowd of cheering supporters in Montreal.

“This is what positive politics can do.”

The Liberals seized a Parliamentary majority, a turn in political fortunes that smashed the record for the number of seats gained from one election to the next, Reuters noted. 

Trudeau vaulted from third place to lead the polls in the final days of the campaign, and will now return to the Prime Minister’s residence in Ottawa where he grew up as a child.

The Conservatives become the official opposition in Parliament, with the left-leaning New Democratic Party in third place.

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