Canada elects new PM in historic win

Justin Trudeau, 43, was elected as the new Prime Minister for Canada in a historic win for The Liberal Party, making him the second youngest Prime Minister in Canadian history. Photo: Flickr.com
Justin Trudeau, 43, was elected as the new Prime Minister for Canada in a historic win for The Liberal Party, making him the second youngest Prime Minister in Canadian history. Photo: Flickr.com

Canada has elected Justin Trudeau as their new Prime Minister in a historic win for the country’s Liberal Party.

The Liberal Party won 184 seats, allowing it to form a majority government with Trudeau becoming the Prime Minister-designate of Canada, and putting an end to a decade of rule by the most conservative leadership in the country’s history.

“We beat fear with hope,” Trudeau said. “We beat cynicism with hard work. We beat negative, divisive politics with a positive vision that brings Canadians together.”

The Liberal Party’s increase of 148 seats from the previous election was the largest-ever numerical increase by a party in a Canadian election.

The Liberals also became the first federal party in Canadian history to win a majority government without being either the Government or the Official Opposition in the previous Parliament.

The Conservative Party led by incumbent Prime Minister Stephen Harper won 99 seats, becoming the Official Opposition after nine years in Government.

“The people are never wrong,” Harper said. “The disappointment is my responsibility and mine alone.”

Trudeau has promised to end a decade of divisive politics, vowing to unite Canadians and embrace diversity.

“I will be the prime minister of all Canadians,” he told a crowded rally in Montreal after winning the historic Liberal majority government.

Trudeau is the eldest son of the 15th Prime Minister of Canada, Pierre Trudeau, and Margaret Trudeau. When sworn in, he will be the second-youngest prime minister in Canadian history.

Trudeau and his cabinet will be sworn in on November 4, 2015.

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