Liberal leader and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau leaves rally on 26 September 2019 in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.
Chris Helgren | Reuters
The governing liberals of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will form a minority government, predicts Canadian Broadcasting Corp. on Monday after nationwide polls.
The Liberals were led in 146 out of 304 reported electoral districts or elected results until about 1
A 338-seat lower-house minority government would leave Trudeau in a weakened position and need the support of left-wing opposition parties to penetrate key parts of legislation.
Before the poll, polls showed a head-to-head race across the country as Trudeau, who took power as a charismatic personality and promised "sunny ways", battled conservative leader Andrew Scheer for the chance to form government.
Trudeau, 47, the Liberal party leader, was endorsed by former US President Barack Obama in the final section of the campaign and is considered one of the last progressive leaders among the world's major democracies.
But during the election campaign, he was shattered by a blackface scandal and persecuted by critics at the handling of a corruption case involving a major Canadian construction company. Trudeau, son of the late liberal Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, also had to overcome a sense of fatigue with his government.
Trudeau, accompanied by his family in Montreal on Monday, chose the last four days after a marathon sprint in Montreal across the country. Scheer voted in his constituency in Saskatchewan.
On Twitter, Trudeau repeatedly called on people to get out and vote. Voter turnout is crucial for Liberals, who privately fear that low levels of engagement are more important to them than the Conservatives.
"(A minority government) would force people to talk to each other what we need," said Naomi Higgins. A 25-year-old voter in Toronto who supported the Liberals four years ago, but switched to the Greens in those elections. "We have to … start doing the best for everyone instead of doing what makes one or the other party look their best."
The Greens were led or elected at a seat while the separatist Bloc Quebecois was led or elected seats in the province of Quebec in 33.
According to liberal campaigners, four members of the Trudeau Cabinet may lose their parliamentary seats, including one of the government's heavyweights, Ralph Goodale.
70-year-old Goodale is the only Liberal member from the western province of Saskatchewan to increase anger over Trudeau over federal environmental policy, which will hurt production, according to the energy industry. Some global energy companies have assets in the oil sands region of Alberta, the country's main oil production province, mined.
Canada However, the Canadian economy experienced a general upswing in 2019. The Canadian dollar was the best performing currency this year. It rose more than 4% against the US as the economy created strong new jobs and inflation continued to close for the Bank of Canada's 2% target.