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Trudeau's Liberals win Canada election

FATHER'S FOOTSTEPS: Trudeau is the son of beloved ex-premier Pierre Trudeau.


    Oct 21, 2015

    Trudeau's Liberals win Canada election


    CANADA'S Liberal leader Justin Trudeau rode a late surge to a stunning majority election victory this week, toppling Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservatives with a promise of change and returning a touch of glamour, youth and charisma to Ottawa.

    The Liberals, under the former French teacher and bartender, seized a parliamentary majority - likely 184 of the 338 seats in the House of Commons - according to incomplete count on Monday.

    The centre-left Liberals had been a distant third place party before this election.

    "My friends, we beat fear with hope. We beat cynicism with hard work. We beat negative, divisive politics with a positive vision that brings Canadians together," Mr Trudeau, 43, told a crowd of cheering supporters in Montreal.

    "This is what positive politics can do."

    Following his defeat, Mr Harper, 56, announced his resignation, ending his nine-year domination of the government and the Conservative Party, which is now the official opposition in Parliament.

    The change also ends his brand of fiscal and cultural conservatism, which appeared to have alienated voters, reported Reuters.

    Mr Trudeau, the youthful and good-looking son of the late and beloved ex-premier Pierre Trudeau, pledged to run a C$10 billion (S$10.7 billion) annual budget deficit for three years to ensure investment in infrastructure and stimulation of Canada's anemic economic growth.

    He has also pledged to raise taxes on the richest Canadians, but promised to lower those of the middle class.

    Canada's economy contracted in the first half of this year.

    The country is the world's fifth largest oil producer and has suffered dearly from a big drop in prices for crude.

    Mr Trudeau was elected Liberal leader only two years ago, after two past leaders failed to unseat Mr Harper in 2008 and 2011 and subsequently resigned, reported Agence France-Presse.

    He appears to have made good on his hope to recreate the "Trudeaumania" that swept his charismatic father into office in 1968.