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20 October 2015updated 21 Oct 2015 9:06am

Justin Trudeau elected Prime Minister as Canada’s Liberals sweep to power

Nine years of Conservative rule came to a halt with a landslide victory for the Liberals in the Canadian elections.

By Stephen Bush

Justin Trudeau, son of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, has been elected Prime Minister in a shock landslide win, ending nine years in opposition for his party, the Liberals.

Polls had forecast a minority administration, but instead voters returned a Liberal government with a majority. The party looks set to win 184 seats, an astonishing increase on their 36 seat haul in 2011, the party’s worst-ever result in its history. 

The Liberals, who governed Canada for the bulk of the 20th Century, remaining in office for 70 years out of 100, had been in a period of prolonged disarray before Trudeau’s leadership, with traditional third-party, the New Democratic Party (NDP), beating them into second place in 2011. This election saw the NDP beaten back into third, with the party’s leader, Tom Mulcair, coming dangerously close to losing his seat. The NDP as a whole is down from 103 seats to just 43, while the Conservative Party of Canada is down from 159 seats to potentially as few seats as 99 in the 338-seat parliament. 

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