After a tight campaign that saw the two leading parties struggle to break out of the pack, the Liberals under Justin Trudeau have held onto just enough seats in Atlantic Canada, Quebec and Ontario to secure a minority government.

For all of you who were looking to make your voices heard, the results of this year’s election are finally out and it looks like it will be another four years for Trudeau. The news may be shocking to some, as there is controversy over the fact that the Conservative government had actually gained the popular vote. Ultimately, though the Liberals were able to do what it took to win enough seats to at least secure a minority government.

This election was definitely full of surprises, as former Olympian Adam Van Koeverden was the dark horse Liberal candidate that was able to unseat Conservative Lisa Riatt. This election also saw a Green party member win a seat outside of British Columbia. This might signal that more individuals are starting to prioritize environmental initiatives over other key issues.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the election was that PPC leader Maxime Bernier lost his seat in the riding of Beauce, Quebec to Conservative candidate Richard Lehoux. The real reason this is truly shocking is due to the fact that Bernier had actually held a stranglehold over the riding for the past 13 years. As such this was definitely an unexpected outcome simply due to the historical rapport built in the riding.     

Only time will tell if this minority win was good for the country, but Canada has spoken and ultimately the Liberals won the key ridings necessary to continue another term. It will definitely be intriguing to know how the Trudeau Liberals bounce back after a few scandal filled couple of months.