October 2019
2019 Federal Election: Liberals to Form a Minority Government

2019-10-22 7:05:05 AM


After a 40-day election campaign, Canadians elected a new Parliament on October 21st with the Liberals winning 157 seats to form a minority government. Barring any changes as a result of recounts, seat standings for Canada's 43rd Parliament will be:

  • Liberal Party: 157

  • Conservative Party: 121

  • Bloc Quebecois: 32

  • New Democratic Party: 24

  • Green Party: 3

  • Independent: 1

With 170 seats needed for a majority government, no one party can guarantee a claim to confidence of the House of Commons. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau remains Prime Minister and will have to look to other parties to support his legislative agenda. 

With 5.9 million votes (33.1% of the vote), Liberal Party candidates did not win the popular vote as they received fewer votes than Andrew Scheer's Conservatives, whose candidates won 6.1 million vote (34.4% of the vote).

Jagmeet Singh's NDP lost 20 seats compared to 2015, but retains the balance of power in a Liberal-led Parliament. It remains to be seen whether the NDP will support the Liberal government in Parliament, though the parties do have some common ground on issues like affordable housing. Singh has also previously stated he would form a coalition government with the Liberals to prevent the Conservatives from taking power. 

Election night also saw some notable wins and losses across the country. Independent Judy Wilson-Raybould retained her Vancouver-Granville seat. Long-serving Members of Parliament Lisa Raitt (Conservative, Milton) and Ralph Goodale (Liberal, Regina-Wascana) both lost their seats. Both MPs had been Cabinet Ministers, with Ms. Raitt serving in the Stephen Harper Cabinet and Mr. Goodale serving in the Trudeau, Martin, and Chretien cabinets. Mr. Goodale had also served as Leader of the Saskatchewan Liberal Party.

Voter turnout dipped to 66 percent compared to 68 percent in the 2015 election. However, more Canadians overall cast a ballot: 17.7 million in 2019 compared to 14.8 million in 2015.

For more information, please see below:

Global News: 5 things to know about the results of Canada’s 43rd general election 

AMCTO: 2019 Federal Election - A Municipal Perspective 


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