The Day After, the Night Before

Losing majority with hysterical dignity? Trudeau’s ‘victory speech’ turns into scandal, as he jumps on stage interrupting rival

The series of campaigning cycle scandals in Canada spilled over into election night when Justin Trudeau took to the stage to deliver his victory speech while his main rival Andrew Scheer was still addressing his supporters.

The Liberals managed to retain in power in a narrow election win getting 157 seats of 338, according to Elections Canada.

Even though the result put Trudeau’s party far short of the 170 seats needed for a majority government, he was apparently too impatient to make his triumphant appearance. While Conservative candidate Andrew Scheer was giving a speech thanking his supporters, Trudeau walked on stage, breaking into Scheer’s speech, forcing news networks to switch all attention to him. Some anchors said they and their studio guests were “shocked” and “mystified” with Trudeau’s move. Global News’ anchor called this “unprecedented” and explained the choice of switching to his speech solely by the fact he got more votes in the election.

CTV’s news anchor said: “It’s very unorthodox for one leader to start talking while another leader is still talking.” The channel later had to screen Andrew Scheer’s speech from where they had to cut it off in order to cross to Trudeau.

Alberta, welcome to your nightmare

Sad election. Pathetic election. Not an unexpected result.

Alberta, welcome to your nightmare. The worst case is the case.

Trudeau won.

You prayed for this not to happen and the people down east did not listen to your prayers.

You feared this day, you loathed the possibility, but the cold, cruel math doesn’t lie.

This is no sour grapes. They died on the vine when the polls during the ballot battle showed the Scheer Conservatives couldn’t move the dial their way.

All-time low share of popular vote is enough for Liberals to win power

It marks only the second time in Canada’s history that a governing party will take power with such a low share of the vote

The Liberal Party’s election victory was curious because its candidates took nearly half the seats with less than a third of the popular vote.

It marks only the second time in Canada’s history that a governing party will take power with such a low share of the vote. David Moscrop, a political theorist at the University of Ottawa, tweeted that “the last and only time a party has formed government with less than 35 percent of the national popular vote was John A. Macdonald in 1867 — with 34.8 percent.”

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