Prime Minister Trudeau’s party is expected to form a government, Canada’s public broadcaster reports, after a close election race.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party will form the next government, the country’s public broadcaster projected, after a fierce electoral battle against opposition conservatives.
CBC News reported late Monday that the Liberals would remain in power, but the network did not immediately say whether the party would win a minority or a majority in Canada’s 44th parliament.
Final results may not be released on Monday, Canadian media reported, as election officials will begin counting hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots on Tuesday morning.
In a push for a majority, Trudeau triggered snap elections in mid-August and told voters he wanted them to have a voice on how the country ends its fight against the coronavirus.
But he faced a tough challenge from conservatives, led by Erin O’Toole, and experts said Trudeau, who has been prime minister since 2015, failed to convince much of the electorate why elections were necessary during the pandemic.
Liberals have been ruling as a minority government supported by opposition parties since they won 157 seats in the last federal elections in 2019.
More to follow.