Liberals grab victory in Canada elections

Justin Trudeau

Conservatives decade old rule ends in Canada.  Canada’s Liberal Party has won a general election. Asian Lite reports

Justin Trudeau
Justin Trudeau

The centrist Liberals, led by Justin Trudeau, started the campaign in third place but now command a majority.

Mr Trudeau, the 43-year-old son of late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, said ‘Canadians had voted for real change.’

BBC news reports , addressing jubilant supporters, Mr Trudeau said Canadians had “sent a clear message tonight: It’s time for a change”.

“We beat fear with hope, we beat cynicism with hard work. Most of all we defeated the idea that Canadians should be satisfied with less.

“This is what positive politics can do,” he said, also praising Mr Harper for his service to the country.

During the 11-week election campaign, the Liberal Party said it would:

  • Cut income taxes for middle-class Canadians while increasing them for the wealthy
  • Run deficits for three years to pay for infrastructure spending
  • Do more to address environmental concerns over the controversial Keystone oil pipeline
  • Take in more Syrian refugees, and pull out of bombing raids against Islamic State while bolstering training for Iraqi forces
  • Legalise marijuana