Justin Trudeau will remain as Canada’s prime minister after Monday’s general election—but to pass legislation, his Liberals will have to work with other parties.
With most of the votes counted, the CBC projects a Liberal minority government, with the party expected to win around 156 seats, down from 184 and below the 170 needed for a majority in Canada’s Parliament.
The Conservative Party, led by Andrew Scheer, received a similar share of the popular vote as the Liberal Party, around 34% but is projected to win just 122 seats.
The separatist Bloc Québecois surged to around 32 seats, while the social democratic NDP is expected to win around 25 seats, down from 44 in 2015 and 103 in 2011.
Bloc Québecois leader Yves-François Blanchet vowed Monday night that his party would not join any governing coalition, leaving the NDP as Trudeau’s only potential partner for a coalition government, the BBC reports.
With Trudeau weakened by scandal, including blackface photos that surfaced during the campaign, Scheer and his Conservatives had been hoping for a win, which polls as recently as a few days ago showed was possible.
“Tonight Canadians rejected division and negativity. They rejected cuts and austerity,” Trudeau told supporters early Tuesday, the Associated Press reported. “They elected a progressive agenda and strong action on climate change.”
In a tweet, President Trump congratulated Trudeau on “a wonderful and hard fought victory.”
Congratulations to @JustinTrudeau on a wonderful and hard fought victory. Canada is well served. I look forward to working with you toward the betterment of both of our countries!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 22, 2019
Americans love Prime Minister Trudeau. So does Melania.